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Veterans to be Screened For AAA

Posted By J. B. Hunt, AAAneurysm Outreach, Friday, July 7, 2017

New Orleans-based non-profit AAAneurysm Outreach will partner with the Veterans of Foreign Wars to offer free screenings for abdominal aortic aneurysms at VFW’s national convention in New Orleans July 22-25.

 

As many as 2,000 veterans are expected to participate in this simple ultrasound screening sponsored by AAAneurysm Outreach, W. L. Gore Inc., the Society for Vascular Surgery, and the VFW, and provided by LSU Healthcare physicians and Philips medical equipment, with support from Blue Cross Blue Shield volunteers, Rouses Market and others. 

This is expected to be the largest mass screening event of its kind, and is a way for the sponsors to support military veterans.

 “This screening test is a simple ultrasound of the abdomen, takes only a few minutes and is painless,” according to Claudie Sheahan, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at LSU Health Sciences Center, “The images help determine if an aneurysm is present, and when found can be treated to prevent rupturing.”

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a ballooning of the artery that carries blood to the lower part of the body. A “Silent Killer,” a ruptured aneurysm is fatal nearly 90% of the time, and there are no symptoms.

This type of aneurysm rupture is the third leading cause of sudden death in men over 60 and was a contributing factor in the recent deaths of actors Bill Paxton, Alan Thicke, and Tommy Ford.

The risk factors for AAA include a history of smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hardening of the arteries and family history. It’s estimated that more than 1 million people are living with an undiagnosed abdominal aortic aneurysm.  A screening is recommended every five years for those over age 60 or with risk factors.

About AAAneurysm Outreach

Founded in Prairieville in 1999, AAAneurysm Outreach is the nation’s only non-profit providing public awareness, education, outreach and free aneurysm health screenings for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms, a leading cause of death in men and women.

AAAneurysm Outreach provides comprehensive education on this “Silent Killer” for the general population, at-risk individuals including those with hypertension, smokers; individuals age 60+, those with a family history of aneurysms, and clinical data for the medical community.

AAAneurysm Outreach has provided free life-saving health screenings for more than 11,000 people and outreach education programs for hundreds of social organizations, medical associations, non-profit organizations, senior community groups, and faith-based organizations throughout the country. 

Visit www.aoutreach.org, or call 504-598-5241 for more information on AAAneurysm Outreach, abdominal aortic aneurysm risk factors, screening data, free public screening events calendar, and partnership program opportunities.

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Tags:  AAAneurysm Outreach  abdominal aortic aneurysm  aneurysm  Blue Cross Blue Shield  free  free health screening  Gore  health  louisiana  New Orleans  nonprofit  veterans  volunteers 

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Deadline Approaching: 2014 Angel Award Nominees Sought

Posted By Tristi Charpentier, Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation, Thursday, March 27, 2014

The deadline for nominations for the Angel Award, which recognizes and rewards exceptional volunteer work for the benefit of Louisiana children, is Friday, April 4, 2014. 

Now in its 20th year, the Angel Award presented by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation will honor up to eight individuals.

Each winner will name a 501(c)(3) organization to receive a grant of $20,000.  In the two decades since its inception in 1995, more than 150 individuals from all across the state have been chosen for the honor.  With this year’s grants, the total going to support organizations enriching and improving life for Louisiana children will top $1.8 million.

 

Previous Angels have run the gamut from students to retirees, with a wide range of vocations in between.  They were all chosen for the time and effort they spent away from or in addition to their studies, their jobs or their retirement activities to be an "Angel.”

 

An online nomination form and more details on the program are available at the Blue Cross website, www.bcbsla.com/angelaward.

 

Nomination packets are also available by calling toll-free 1-888-219-BLUE (1-888-219-2583) or emailing Angel.Award@bcbsla.com. Nominators are encouraged to send supplemental information in support of the nomination, including testimonial letters, brochures, news articles, photos and videos. (Please note: These materials cannot be returned.)

 

Individuals who themselves have been honored as "Angels” make up the committee that will decide this year’s winners.  The following are the criteria they consider and nominators are asked to carefully consider this list:

 

  • NEED: Did the nominee contribute a needed service to Louisiana children? 
  • ACTION: Was the nominee active, not just a figurehead?
  • INITIATIVE: Did the nominee initiate new programs or activities and use new methods to solve problems?
  • ACHIEVEMENT: Has the nominee accomplished desired results?
  • IMPACT: Has the activity or service provided by the nominee produced positive changes and provided examples for other groups?
  • TIME: Was the amount of time devoted to the activity or service significant?
  • CHALLENGE: Did the nominee have to overcome any unusual challenges, such as limited resources or public misperception of the problem?
  

A nominee may be recognized for work performed individually or through churches, schools or civic organizations, but a group cannot be nominated. The volunteer work must have been performed in the state of Louisiana with Louisiana children as the primary beneficiaries. The volunteer effort can be focused on enhancing any aspect of a child’s life, including physical, emotional, creative and spiritual. Individuals who are paid for their services are eligible, but their efforts must be considered to go above and beyond their job descriptions. Work done on work-release time and/or for student course credit may also be considered. Individuals may not be nominated posthumously.

 

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation will award grants to the honorees’ chosen charities that qualify as Louisiana-based nonprofit charitable organizations with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

 



About the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation is building a healthier Louisiana through community outreach and charitable giving. Its two signature programs are The Angel Award®, an annual statewide recognition program that awards funds to outstanding Louisianians working to improve the quality of life of the state's children, and Smart Bodies®, an interactive education program to prevent childhood obesity. In addition, Blue Cross contributes nearly $2 million annually in financial aid to various nonprofit organizations throughout the state that contribute to health, education and the overall quality of life in our communities. When we put dollars into Blue Cross communities, it makes Louisiana a better place for everyone. The Foundation is funded solely through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Founded in New Orleans in 1934,
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is the oldest and largest Louisiana-based health insurance company. Blue Cross is a private, fully taxed mutual company, owned by policyholders—not shareholders—and governed by a local Board of Directors. It is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association...

Learn more on the company’s website at www.bcbsla.com or visit our social media hub to connect with us via Facebook, Twitter and more.

 

Tags:  award  Blue Cross Blue Shield  children  grants  volunteers 

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LSU and kiisa Announce Seminar: 'Successful Grant Writing'

Posted By David Kiviaho, kiisa Corporation, Wednesday, February 5, 2014

 

Successful Grant Writing will teach you the essentials of researching, writing, obtaining, and maintaining grants.

1.2 CEU's | $395

March 18, 2014 and March 19, 2014

[REGISTER]

 

You will learn from experienced grant writers how to write grants effectively, how to format your proposal and how to acquire funding. Successful Grant Writing will benefit anyone seeking funding through state and federal grants, corporate grants, foundation grants and more.

This seminar is ideal for beginning and experienced grant writers from any organization, government agency, educational institution or corporate entity interested in diversifying their revenue stream.

Major topics to be presented include:

- Local, Regional & Federal Grants Gain in-depth insight into the world of state and federal grants. Provide definitions and requirements local, regional, and federal grants.

- Organizational Funding & Community Needs Learn to review organization’s budget and understand where grants fit into budgetary projections and portfolio. Understand how the grant will impact or provide positive outcomes in the community.

- Grant Proposal & Application Requirements Develop the proposal by learning to ask the subjective and objective questions from the grantor point of view.

- Improving Grant Writing Skills Increase knowledge of the language involved in a grant to better prepare the writer, or the writing team.

- Data Research & Collection Explore various types of online data repositories, research tools, and how to expertly collect, analyze and report the data necessary for a successful grant award.

- Effective Proposal Writing: Narrative, Budget, Objectives, Goals, Impact Measurements, Quality Assurance & Evaluations Learn through interactive activities how to appropriately write each section of a grant.- Building Effective Relationships with the FunderLearn how to insure the relationship is relevant to organizational or corporate entity needs.

 

 

Tags:  Baton Rouge  Blue Cross Blue Shield  fund development  grantwriting  LANO Network  New Orleans  The Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council  training  workshop. grants 

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Answer your social media measurement questions with our live author interview

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Creating social change is everyone's goal within a nonprofit organization. Authors Kanter and Paine argue you can't get there without a map. "Measurement is your map and metrics are your signposts.” Furthermore, they claim connecting people, deepening their engagement and inspiring donations are relatively easy to measure.

 

While nonprofits realize social media is a cost-effective tool for growing their base of friends and supporters, they must set goals and strategically network online just like they would with in-person donor cultivation. In my interview with Kanter and Paine about Measuring the Nonprofit Network , I asked them about their favorite chapters in the book as well as what was left on the editing floor. You'll appreciate their insights and surprising answers ...

Answer your social media questions in our live author interview on Dec 17

 

by Denise McMahan, CausePlanet

 

 

 

Special thanks to the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for providing every LANO member with access to CausePlanet's Page to Practice book summary library and live author interviews during 2012.

 

Tags:  Beth Kanter  Blue Cross Blue Shield  CausePlanet  Katie Paine  Measuring the Networked Nonprofit  Page to Practice  social media 

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In the board room with Walker and Grace

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Friday, November 9, 2012

Since we've been talking about effective boards so much recently, I thought it would be helpful to compile some advice from two of our Page to Practice™ expert authors on boards. They complement each other well, reinforcing the main points and going deeper in different areas. With two lifetimes of experience, Julia Ingraham Walker in "A Fundraising Guide for Nonprofit Board Members” and Kay Sprinkel Grace in "The Ultimate Board Member's Book” give it to us straight...

 

Read more, download a free Page to Practice book summary and register for our next live author interivew with Julia Walker 

by Denise McMahan

 

 

 

 

Special thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for underwriting access to CausePlanet's book summary library and author interviews for all LANO members in 2012.

 

Tags:  Blue Cross Blue Shield  boards  CausePlanet  Fundraising  Julia Walker  Kay Grace  Page to Practice 

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Blue Cross Foundation Healthy Challenge Update

Posted By Karen Bolles, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation has announced the 12 Louisiana programs that will be awarded grants through its Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana.

The 12 programs selected will receive $10.2 million in Foundation grants, which have sparked $16.8 million in matching funds from other community organizations. As a result, the Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana is putting $27 million into programs that improve the health of Louisiana communities.

Following are the 12 projects receiving awards, selected from 49 grant applications throughout the state:

  • Fresh Beginnings in Baton Rouge, which will receive $1 million to improve 61,000 residents' access to supermarkets and other outlets for fresh food.
  • The Capital Area Pathways Project and Mobile Playground in Baton Rouge, which will receive $1 million to build a four-mile trail and introduce a mobile recreation program.
  • Healthy Living Club in Lafayette, which will receive $1 million to add playground facilities, community gardens and faith-based fitness teams for two communities.
  • Live Lively LaSalle!, which will receive $1 million for initiatives from building skate parks and basketball courts to adding healthy items to restaurant menus.
  • West End Health and Wellness Project in New Iberia, which will receive $1 million to open a fresh seafood and farmer's market in the city's West End.
  • Fit NOLA Project in New Orleans, which will receive $999,991 to connect residents in three neighborhoods with underused parks and provide vouchers for fresh fruits and vegetables at area farmer's markets.
  • Ouachita Well in Monroe, which will receive $999,716 to help communities start programs for healthy eating and active living.
  • Generation K in New Orleans, which will receive $925,276 to develop two community hubs that engage children in physical activities and nutritional programs.
  • Dare to Be Healthy in Lake Charles, which was awarded $759,977 for new sidewalks, biking and walking trails, community gardens, health education and other programs for children and adults.
  • Healthy Green and Into the Outdoors Obesity Prevention Project in Shreveport, which will receive $588,485 to provide health education to children and teach families to sustain gardens and orchards.
  • Central Louisiana Local Food Initiative in Alexandria, which will receive $500,000 to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables while enhancing opportunities for local farmers.
  • Growing LA in New Orleans, which will receive $440,000 to build a 1.5-acre community garden to make fresh fruits and vegetables more accessible to low-income residents.

To learn more...

 

Tags:  Blue Cross Blue Shield  challenge grant  grants 

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