Bayou Parishes (Region #3)
Increase the community’s awareness and knowledge on improving health.
Develop and support diverse partnerships to facilitate healthy living among disparate populations.
Educate the community about factors and determinants that influence health
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.
Identify community resources and ensure appropriate organizations are knowledgeable of these.
Some of our partners:
- Amerihealth Caritas Louisiana
- Beacon Light of Houma
- Bayou Land Families Helping Families
- Fletcher Technical Community College
- LA Family to Family Health Information Center
- Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
- Start Corp
- The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living
Nakisha Singleton | Chair
With a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan and a ten-year career in chronic disease prevention and control (including research and program development), Nakisha Singleton brings a world of experience to her position as a Louisiana Healthy Communities Coalition Chair. As regional manager for The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL), she is responsible for the coordination and implementation of TFL’s tobacco control and prevention programs and policy initiatives in the River Parishes and the Houma-Thibodaux area. There, she has overseen the implementation of tobacco-free policies at healthcare facilities and has played a major role in developing statewide tobacco-free healthcare policy protocols.
Singleton has also developed and led multiple obesity interventions and nutrition programs serving low-income and minority women and youth in Louisiana and Michigan and, as a researcher, successfully recruited more than 400 participants for the Louisiana Health study, specializing in developing and evaluating health education materials for specific populations. In her spare time, she is committed to youth development and serves as a youth mentor and volunteer in St. Mary Parish. She is committed to community service and is a graduate of Leadership St. Mary, a program of that parish’s Chamber of Commerce.
Alyssa Galler | Co-chair
Alyssa Galler, from Morgan City, Louisiana, graduated from Nicholls State University with a degree in dietetics and now works for the Louisiana Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, adding to her Louisiana Healthy Communities Coalition Co-chair position a special interest in health and nutrition. She is very eager to promote and implement initiatives that support good health and improve the quality of life for her fellow residents.