Health technology tools awareness survey starts

A nonprofit and the state Department of Health and Hospitals have launched an online survey to measure consumer awareness of health information technology tools and patients’ rights to access personal health information.

The survey is a key factor in a collaborative effort by the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum and DHH to promote the use of health IT tools, such as electronic health records and patient portals. These sorts of tools can help improve patients’ health and decision-making.

The partners also are trying to educate Louisiana residents about their rights to access and have copies of their personal health information.

The 10-question survey can be found at www.lhcqf.org.

Project construction starts at Port Manchac

The South Tangipahoa Parish Port Commission has started construction on its bulkhead/dredging project.

The new infrastructure projects are part of a $3 million construction program primarily funded by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

A series of infrastructure improvements has been engineered to redevelop the Port Manchac inter-modal terminal into a modern inland trans-loading facility to attract new industries and create new job market opportunities for the Tangipahoa Parish region.

The $3 million investment program also will include internal roadway, drainage and parking improvements, rail spur maintenance and lay-down storage area improvements.

The new infrastructure is part of the port’s master plan for future development that was originally developed in 2007.

The 140-acre inter-modal terminal is located adjacent to Interstate 55 at the southern end of Tangipahoa Parish.

Farm to School conference planned

A statewide conference dedicated to the Farm to School initiative will be hosted by the LSU AgCenter at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center on Wednesday, May 27.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m., with the program being held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be included.

The free conference will promote farm-to-school activities and networking, and will increase awareness of the program in which students learn about local food and farms, growing food and increased access to fresh local food in schools.

The conference is funded through a U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm to School grant.

The conference will have two main tracks with three sessions each throughout the day.

One track will focus on garden and community, with sessions ranging from starting and sustaining a school garden to connecting gardens to curricula.

The second track will examine child nutrition and producers, with sessions on local purchasing best practices for all sizes and farm-to-school food safety.

Registration is requested online at laf2sconference2015.eventbrite.com.

Lafayette Cedar Crest living facility opens

Cedar Crest, a living facility for residents battling Alzheimer’s and other memory-related illnesses, has opened in Lafayette.

Mo Hannie, Cedar Crest partner and developer, said the facility is a legacy for her father, who died from Alzheimer’s.

Everything from color schemes to the layout of apartments was specifically designed for memory-impaired residents, said Joyce Hannie, Cedar Crest partner and administrator.

“Our goal is to promote and provide specialized, quality, compassionate care to seniors with memory-related diseases to achieve the most independent quality of life possible,” said Nicol Hannie, also a partner.

The website is cedarcrest living.com.