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Alliance Institute Celebrates Jean Lafitte Clinic Grand Opening with RFK Center's Kerry Kennedy

The RFK Lafitte Medical Clinic in Jean Lafitte, LA celebrated its grand opening on July 29th, three years after Alliance Institute and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights began pushing for expanded health care services in gulf coast communities affected by the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Alliance Institute’s Stephen Bradberry, RFK Center’s Kerry Kennedy, Jean Lafitte Mayor Tim Kerner, Jefferson Community Health Care Centers CEO Dr. Shondra Williams, and Louisiana BayouKeeper’s Tracy Kuhns were all on hand during the ribbon cutting ceremony, speaking passionately about how much the health clinic’s opening means to the community.

“The opening of a full-time health clinic in Jean Lafitte is a significant victory for coastal Louisiana," said Alliance Institute Executive Director Stephen Bradberry. “This health clinic is a reminder of the good that can occur when public, private, and community interests align.”

The full time clinic will serve 5,000 families in the communities of Jean Lafitte, Barataria Bay, and Crown Point and create at least ten jobs for local residents. The state of the art clinic will provide critical health care options to residents who previously had to travel more than 30 minutes outside the area for similar services. Occupational health specialists will also be on site to provide diagnostic services to area workers who are still experiencing ill health effects from the oil spill and cleanup.

The clinic is part of a larger health care expansion project called the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program (GRHOP) which will impact access to health care across 17 counties/parishes in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. GRHOP is funded from the Deepwater Horizon Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement approved by the U.S. District Court in New Orleans on January 11, 2013.


The Missing Truth in the BP Oil Disaster

Kerry Kennedy and the Robert F. Kennedy Center delegation wrap up the tour with officials from Jefferson Parish & Jean Lafitte, LA. Also in attendance representatives of Jefferson Community Health Care Center, Louisiana BayouKeepers, and Alliance Institute.By Kerry Kennedy, RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights

More than a year after a private company operating in public waters retched 170 million gallons of crude and 2 million gallons of toxic dispersants into the Gulf of Mexico creating an environmental catastrophe, we still lack reliable statistics on the BP oil disaster's impact on the health of residents.

I recently spent several days traveling across the Gulf Coast region of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, speaking with fishermen, oystermen, shrimpers, restaurant workers, and neighbors about the illnesses they have suffered in the wake of this calamity.

I couldn't help but think of the trip that my father, Robert Kennedy, made to the Mississippi Delta in 1967. That trip transformed him. He was horrified by the poverty, the children whose bellies were "swollen with hunger"; he believed we had a duty, as a nation, to relieve their suffering and soothe their pain. He returned to Washington determined to extend food stamps to the poorest Americans, despite a cash-strapped administration and an unyielding Congress. Today, the children and grandchildren of those very same families continue to suffer from systemic governmental neglect, the debilitating heritage of communities -- African-American, Vietnamese, Laotian, Native American, and poor white -- marginalized by skin color, religion, education level, income, or access to power. It is long past time for federal action.

Our delegation was hosted by RFK Human Rights Award Laureate Stephen Bradberry, Executive Director of the New Orleans-based Alliance Institute. Stephen has been a community organizer in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward and across the Gulf for 25 years, empowering communities to demand what is rightfully theirs.

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Italian High School Students Get Human Rights Training from Alliance Institute and RFK Center

At a recent event in Milan, Italy sponsored by the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Center, Alliance Institute Executive Director Stephen Bradberry spoke with local high school students about being a community organizer and took them through a mini-training (at 10:52 mark). The students are using the RFK Center's "Speak Truth to Power" human rights education curriculum.


Continuing the Fight for Expanded Healthcare Resources in Wake of BP Oil Spill Disaster

On January 12, 2011 Alliance Institute and others were invited to a small meeting following the release of “Deep Water, the Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling” by the National Commission on the BP Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.  At the event, Alliance Institute pointed out the need for access to health care in addition to long-term monitoring of workers associated with the disaster and the clean-up (a copy of the recommendations can be found here).

Following the 2010 BP Oil Drilling Disaster, Alliance Institute has been working diligently with the Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health, Louisiana BayouKeepers, Jefferson Community Health Care Clinic, and the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights to bring health care services to coastal communities affected by the disaster.

Alliance Institute and its partners are currently working through a variety of avenues to access the funding necessary to make health care professionals available to gulf coast communities.