Connecting Communities for Healthier, Inclusive Futures

Apr 1, 2024 | About Us

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To ensure we always meet the needs of the communities we serve, each hospital in our health system conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).

Assessing community health needs and developing appropriate plans to address them is essential to improving and sustaining the health of our communities. These CHNAs allow us to understand each individual community, the needs identified, and the processes for moving forward to improve health throughout Louisiana and Mississippi.

The hospitals in our health system share two common goals linked to access to care: social determinants of health and health equity. Other significant community needs we are addressing include:

  • Access to cancer screenings, primary care, mental health and transportation
  • Diabetes
  • Maternal and child health
  • Improving health literacy about sexually transmitted disease and HIV
  • Violence prevention
  • Care for the elderly
  • Obesity/sedentary lifestyles
  • Substance abuse
  • Affordable healthcare for people/families with low income
  • Counseling services for depression or anxiety
  • Heart health or cardiovascular health
  • Prescription assistance
  • Specialty care services

We improve the health of the communities we are privileged to serve in many ways that extend far beyond the healing ministry of bedside care. In fiscal year 2023, we invested more than $3.5 million in community benefit through community health improvement services, health professions education, subsidized health services, cash and in-kind contributions, and community building activities, impacting more than 123,000 people.

“In every community, health is a shared responsibility. Our commitment to understanding and addressing the unique health needs of each locality goes beyond traditional healthcare,” says Rebecca Mixon, manager of community impact. “Our investments reflect not just a monetary contribution but a profound commitment to the well-being of the people we serve. Together, we forge a path toward healthier, more resilient communities, embracing the diverse needs and challenges that shape our shared journey to better health for all.”

Learn more about our ministry’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Interested in joining the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System team? Learn more here.

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