Capital Area (Region #2)


Increase the community’s awareness and knowledge on improving health.


Develop and support diverse partnerships to facilitate healthy living among disparate populations.

Strategy 1.1: 
Educate the community about factors and determinants that influence health

Strategy 1.2:
Recruit coalition members from multi-sectorial organizations (e.g. public, private, non-profit, faith-based)


Build communities’ capacity for identifying and utilizing new and current health resources to better inform the public of their existence.

Strategy 2.1:
Identify community resources and ensure appropriate organizations are knowledgeable of these.

Some of our partners:

  • Amerigroup
  • Baton Rouge Aids Society 
  • Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge
  • Face to Face Enrichment Center
  • Louisiana State University-Smoking Words/Fresh Campus
  • New Life Community Center
  • Our Lady of the Lake College
  • River Parish Community College
  • Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center-Communities of Color Network


Gwendolyn P. Bonton | Chair

Gwendolyn P. Bonton has worked in cancer prevention through outreach efforts and education for seven years as an early detection specialist, targeting underserved populations in a seven-parish area.  This experience led her to the Louisiana Healthy Communities Coalition leadership role she has today, as she works with like-minded organizations and individuals to implement the vision and mission of the coalition.

Prior to Gwendolyn’s public health positions, she worked in human resources for 13 years, providing support to employees in a three-parish area, as well as Texas and Mississippi. She provided payroll and benefits expertise to those employees, helping those people make sound decisions about their futures, so she sees it as a natural progression to now be affiliated with organizations that strive to provide life-changing and life-saving information to even more people.