The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation has awarded three $10,000 grants that could help establish a medical legal clinic, an opioid abuse education program for teens and train health care professionals to help those facing unplanned pregnancies.
The awards were made under the foundation's New Horizon grant fund, which invests in new and innovative solutions to persistent health, education and quality of life issues in Louisiana.
The recipients and their projects are:
• Southern University Law Center will do a feasibility study on operating a medical legal clinic. In partnership with The Southeast Louisiana Legal Services Corporation and Crescent Care Louisiana, law students and supervising attorneys will determine the civil legal needs of north Baton Rouge residents navigating legal issues related to the health care system.
• The Mental Health Association for Greater Baton Rouge will study and develop and an education program focused on opioid abuse by teens. The Struggle Is Real is a partnership between the association and the East Baton Rouge Coroner’s office. The education and awareness program will use video and social media messaging to reach teenagers and their parents with strategies to avoid opioid misuse and address addiction in families.
• Family to Family Support Network will train health professionals in providing neutral, compassionate care to those facing unplanned pregnancy. The Unique Families Program connects hospitals and community organizations to create a support network and a proactive approach to offering resources to address identified needs and better health and well-being outcomes for women, girls and the children they carry.