Region 4 - Lafayette
The Lafayette Regional Action Coalition (RAC) includes the following parishes: Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion.
2018 ACADIANA CULTURE OF HEALTH SUMMIT
On December 11, 2018, the Justice and Health Collaborative, Acadiana Health Coalition, Healthy Acadiana and Louisiana Action Coalition Region IV jointly hosted the Acadiana Culture of Health Summit in Lafayette, Louisiana.
LAC RAC members currently are working with their partners to plan another Acadiana Culture of Health Summit in December, 2019. Plans include asking the 2018 participants to present what they have accomplished based on information presented at the 2018 Summit.
In 2016, The Lafayette RAC received a $1,000 grant from LAC to execute a project aimed at increasing Louisiana’s nursing workforce diversity. The Lafayette group is executing a strategy to increase male students’ awareness and consideration of nursing as a career choice through the project: Enhancing Diversity and Collaboration in Nursing, Phase I: Increasing the Number of Male Middle and High School Students Considering Nursing as a Career Choice.
To accomplish the goals of the grant, the Lafayette RAC worked with the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) as part of a summer program that was already planned. The students were asked to observe nurses in each setting they visited and note the work they performed. Lafayette RAC representatives followed up by providing a one-hour presentation on nursing as a career choice as each group ended the program. The focus was expanded to include minority participants while encouraging all participants to consider nursing as a career choice and/or suggesting nursing to other students. In a post-program survey, 53 percent of participants indicated they would consider nursing as a career choice for themselves and 97 percent indicated they would recommend nursing as a career choice to other students.
Partnering with organizations such as AHEC, the Louisiana Organization of Nurse Executives, Health Occupations Students of America, Sigma Theta Tau and the Lafayette Parish School System will allow the project to grow.
The Lafayette RAC is currently seeking members.