• WHAT: Fest for Life, free cancer screenings and other health services provided at no cost by Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center
  • WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 11
  • WHERE: Bon Carré Business Center, 7359 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge
  • INFORMATION: mbpolol.org/festforlife
  • DETAILS: Basic cancer screenings for breast, prostate, skin, colorectal and oral cavity, along with blood pressure and glucose checks are available to those who do not have a doctor and have not been screened for cancer in the past 12 months, as well as for people who do not have insurance or are considered underinsured. Appointments are required for breast cancer screenings only. To make an appointment, call (225) 215-1234 or (888) 616-4687. Fest for Life is held in recognition of Minority Cancer Awareness Week. Honorary Chairman Mayor Kip Holden will rededicate the Cancer Center’s newly refurbished Early Bird mobile medical clinic, which is used to offer free screenings throughout the area.


  • WHAT: National Alliance on Mental Illness Louisiana conference
  • WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18
  • WHERE: Lakeview Christian Center, 5885 Fleur De Lis Drive, New Orleans
  • REGISTRATION/INFO: NAMI Louisiana Office, (225) 291-6262, email info@namilouisiana.org or visit namilouisiana.org
  • DETAILS: Keynote speaker will be Joshua Rivedal, author, playwright, theater producer, educator, marketing consultant and arts entrepreneur. Educational workshops will be lead by professionals in the mental health field as well as peer/consumers. There will be vendor booths and continuing education credits offered.
  • Child well-being summit
  • WHAT: LouisianaChildren.org is holding its second annual Child Well-Being Summit
  • WHEN: Wednesday and Thursday, April 29-30
  • WHERE: Cook Hotel and Conference Center at LSU, 3848 West Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge
  • REGISTRATION/INFO: To register, view course listings and learn more, visit louisianachildren.org. Special rates are available for students.
  • DETAILS: The effects of violence and trauma on the adolescent brain will be the focus of the two-day summit. Participants can collaborate with local and national experts from the legal, child welfare, medical, mental health and law-making communities and learn about the Department of Health and Hospital’s new Behavioral Health Integration Plan. Keynote speakers include Judy Cameron, professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh, on “The Adolescent Brain: How Science Can Help Us Produce Better Outcomes for At-Risk Youth Who Are Transitioning to Adulthood”; Stephen Phillippi Jr., of LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, on “State of the State: At Risk Youth in Louisiana”; Benjamin Saunders, of the Medical University of South Carolina and associate director of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, on “Long Term Impact and Epidemiology of Trauma, Violence and Maltreatment on Children and Adolescents and Effective Treatment Options”; and Lindsay Usry, coordinator of Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems at Tulane University, on “Adverse Childhood Experiences and Building Self-Healing Communities.”