Northeast Louisiana (Region #8)
Improve Louisiana’s Health Ranking
Decrease youth obesity prevalence from 27.1% in 2011 to 24.1% by 2018
Increase Access to Health Foods in Schools
Decrease adult obesity prevalence from 33.4% to 30.4% by 2018
Create & Support a Health-Promoting Environment (e.g. community gardens, sale of locally grown food)
Decrease youth tobacco prevalence from 28.4% in 2011 to 23.4% by 2018
Adopt tobacco point-of-sales strategies
Some of our partners:
- Amerihealth Caritas Louisiana
- Children’s Coalition For Northeast Louisiana
- Girl Scouts
- Grambling State University
- Louisiana Healthcare Quality Forum
- Louisiana Public Health Institute
- LSU AgCenter Research & Extension
- Monroe City School Board
- Northeast Delta Human Services Authority
- Pine Belt Multi Purpose Community Action Agency
- Rays of Sonshine
- Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation
- The Louisiana Campaign For Tobacco-Free Living
- Vantage Health Plan
Jennifer Haneline | Chair
Jennifer Haneline, MSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with over eighteen years of practical experience working in nonprofit and clinical settings. During her career, she has had the opportunity to work with individuals of all ages and backgrounds, including hearing-impaired and deaf individuals, urban youth, abused and neglected children and individuals coping with Alzheimer's disease, and, consequently, has become impassioned about advocating for and empowering individuals who have become lost, stuck in difficult circumstances or who simply need a voice.
Currently the regional manager for The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living, Haneline recently successfully advocated for smoke-free workplace policies in Monroe, West Monroe and Ouachita Parish. She also formed a regional health equity task force and served on the 2013 Monroe City School Board Superintendent Search Committee, while administering a private practice where she counsels individuals, couples and families.
Haneline has a bachelor's degree in applied psychology from the University of Illinois in Chicago (where she was born and raised); a master's degree in social work from Aurora University; a clinical social work license and she won a fellowship in infant mental health from Tulane University. She is a member of Rotary International and a board member for the Garden District Neighborhood Alliance, as well as for the Alzheimer's Unit at The Oaks nursing home in Monroe. It is there, volunteering for the local Alzheimer’s Association after the hurricanes in 2005, that she met the love of her life, Adam, and is now mother to five-year-old Madeline, two-year-old Jack and stepmother to eight-year-old Georgia.
Lauren Baker | Co-chair
Lauren recently assumed the role of Regional Implementation Coordinator (RIC) under the auspices of the Louisiana Comprehensive Cancer Control Program. She has worked as a professional in the field of nuclear medicine for over ten years, during which time her work exposed her to many of the health issues that plague communities, including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, obesity and tobacco use. This experience inspired her to change her focus from diagnostic health services to preventive care in order to have greater impact in the community. Working collectively with the members of the Louisiana Healthy Communities Coalition has provided Baker opportunities to collaborate with local governmental agencies, healthcare delivery systems, teaching institutions, and other organizations in order to improve the health ranking of her community and Louisiana.
Baker is concerned about personal health too. She and her husband follow a whole food, plant-based diet and both find time to exercise four to five times a week. Family is very important to her, and although she and her husband have no children, their two dogs have become quite the equivalent. In her spare time, Baker is an avid reader of biographies, a board member of the Ouachita River Valley Animal League and recently traveled to Africa to work on a women’s empowerment initiative assisting low-income women to embark on enterprises that will provide sustainable support for themselves and their families. She is also working to complete her master’s degree in public health.
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