Louisiana Healthcare Connections Grants Help with Care Accessibility

Louisiana Healthcare Connections has granted 10 providers across the state with funding for making their facilities more accessible to patients with disabilities. 

In collaboration with the National Council on Independent Living’s (NCIL) Provider Accessibility Initiative and through their Barrier Removal Fund, Louisiana Healthcare Connections will increase the number of practitioner locations that meet federal and state disability access standards. Selected by a rigorous application process, recipients receive funding for projects that are dedicated to making access to their facilities easier. Eligible projects include the purchase of adaptive equipment, including accessible examination tables and chairs, the production of accessible formats of printed materials, and the purchase of equipment that reduces auditory or visual distractions for members with autism or other developmental disabilities.

“By helping providers upgrade their facilities to ensure they are physically and programmatically accessible for our members, we are also helping providers support the dignity and independence of their patients,” noted Stewart Gordon, MD, chief medical officer for Louisiana Healthcare Connections.

Providers receiving grants through this program include:

·St. Gabriel Health Clinic, Inc. - St. Gabriel

·The Pediatric Center - Leesville

·Strawberry Patch Pediatrics & Family Clinic - Amite

·Primary Care Providers for a Healthy Feliciana, Inc. - Clinton

·Marillac Community Health Centers - New Orleans

·Chaudhry Clinic, LLC - Jena

·David Raines Community Health Centers - Shreveport

·Mitchells Pediatrics - Alexandria

·Family Healthcare of Loranger, LLC - Loranger

·Northlake Physicians Group – Mandeville