Southwest Louisiana (Region #5)


Improve Louisiana’s Health Ranking


Increase access to health services by streamlining programs that provide transportation services from 2015 to 2018

Strategy 1.1: 
Build capacity between transportation resources and service providers


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

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Some of our partners:

  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • American Heart Association
  • CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital
  • Defy 
  • Imperial Calcasieu Human Services Authority
  • Partnership for a Healthier SWLA
  • PEARS(Prevention Education and Resources Services)
  • Resource Management Services (Mental Health)
  • Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center
  • Sowela ~ Student Support Services Department
  • Sowela Technical Community College
  • SWLA Sickle Cell Anemia, Inc.
  • West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital
  • Women & Children's Hospital


Patricia Bettis | Chair

Patricia Bettis’ father was a heavy smoker who suffered from emphysema and later cancer, an experience that shaped her life’s work and her desire to educate people about cancer and healthy living. After attending Texas Southern University and graduating from McNeese State University, she became the coordinator of the Family Matters Program sponsored by The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living, which entailed working to reduce tobacco and alcohol usage among adolescents 12 to 14 years old. That opportunity allowed her to work directly with families and the community, causing her to expand the scope of her work beyond tobacco to cancer in general at the Louisiana Comprehensive Cancer Control Program where she works now. 

Helping the community make positive changes towards more healthy behaviors continues to be a passion for Bettis, which led her to become a Louisiana Healthy Communities Coalition Chair. She continues to cultivate her leadership skills and devotion to staff and community development and loves spending time with her husband of 25 years and her daughter.

Cassandra Guilbeau | Co-chair

Cassondra Guilbeau’s Cajun roots are in Eunice, Louisiana, but she calls Lake Charles home and it is in southwest Louisiana where she decided to raise a family among friends and colleagues. Cassondra earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Northwestern State University and then spent several years working in the marketing and public relations fields before entering the nonprofit world to indulge her passion for making a positive impact in people’s lives. 

Guilbeau is a member of the State Board of Directors for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and serves on the local boards for Oasis Safe Haven, a domestic violence shelter, and Foreman-Reynaud Community Center. She is also very active in her church, First United Methodist Church of Lake Charles and is a member of the Staff Parish Relations Committee. But, by far, her biggest and greatest role is that of proud mother to her daughter Lillian Faith.

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