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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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Free health screening in Lafayette

Posted By J. B. Hunt, AAAneurysm Outreach, Monday, October 31, 2016

LAFAYETTE, La — Heart Hospital of Lafayette, AAAneurysm Outreach and Endologix are planning a free abdominal aortic aneurysm screening event November 12, from 8 a.m. to noon.

 

“This screening test is a simple ultrasound of the abdomen. It only takes a few minutes and is painless,” according to Christopher E. LaGraize, MD, of Acadiana Vascular Center. “If the aneurysm is found early, it can be treated to prevent rupturing.”

 

Ruptured aneurysms are fatal in at least 80 percent of the cases. A simple and painless ultrasound exam can save lives.

 

Advance registration and 8-hour fast required.

 

 Call (888) 871-3801 for an appointment.

 

Individuals must meet eligibility requirements for the screening. Individuals 60 and older who have at least two cardiovascular risk factors and men age 55 and older with a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm and at least one additional cardiovascular risk factor are eligible for the screening once every five years.

 

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a ballooning of the abdominal aorta, the artery that carries blood to the lower part of the body. This type of aneurysm rupture is the third leading cause of sudden death in men 60 and older in the United States. It is estimated that more than 1 million people are living today with an undiagnosed AAA. Risk factors for AAA include a history of smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and hardening of the arteries.

 

Heart Hospital of Lafayette is rated one of the nation's Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals by Thomson Reuters.

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Emerge Center for Communication, Behavior and Development to Host Free Hearing Loss Seminar

Posted By Lluvia Peveto, The Emerge Center for Communication, Behavior, and Development, Monday, May 16, 2016

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

5/16/2016

 

Emerge Center for Communication, Behavior and Development to Host Free Hearing Loss Seminar

 

Baton Rouge, La.  -  The Emerge Center for Communication, Behavior and Development will host a free, round-table discussion on hearing loss from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 26 at their 7784 Innovation Park Drive location in Baton Rouge. Topics will include hearing loss diagnosis, hearing aids, and next steps following a hearing aid fitting.

 

This informal event is open to the public, and complimentary refreshments will be available. No RSVPs are required.

 

The Emerge Center for Communication, Behavior and Development is an independent 501c3 non-profit organization located on the LSU Innovation Park campus, at 7784 Innovation Park Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70820. Visit http://www.emergela.org/ or call (225) 343-4232 to learn more.

 

Media Contact:  Lluvia Peveto

Phone: (225) 343-4232, ext. 1900

Email: lpeveto@emergela.org


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Be Part of the 2016 Louisiana State Combined Charitable Campaign! Deadline - March 1, 2016

Posted By Robin Taylor, Louisiana Association of United Ways, Friday, January 8, 2016

This past year, employees of the State of Louisiana generated more than $237,000 through the 2015 LA SCCC campaign. 67 participating nonprofit organizations are anticipated to receive donations through this statewide effort.

 

Louisiana is already gearing up for the 2016 State Combined Charitable Campaign!  Once again, state employees will be given the opportunity to contribute, through payroll deduction, to approved health and human service non-profit organizations. The Louisiana Association of United Ways will continue to serve as the Principal Combined Fundraising Organization (PCFO) and will be working in coordination with the Office of State Uniform Payroll (OSUP).

 

All qualifying health and human service non-profits operating within the state of Louisiana are encouraged to apply to be a participating charity. The application is available at www.lasccc.org/application and is due by March 1, 2016. All charity applications will be reviewed and notified of eligibility no later than June 30, 2016.

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Free Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screenings on Dec. 12, 2015

Posted By J. B. Hunt, AAAneurysm Outreach, Thursday, November 19, 2015

 

News Release: Monday, November 16, 2015

Contact: J B Hunt, Executive Director, 504-598-5241    

JBHunt@AOutreach.org

 

  

NEW ORLEANS — Peoples Health, LSU Healthcare Network and AAAneurysm Outreach will provide free abdominal aortic aneurysm screenings Dec. 12 from 8 a.m. to noon at the LSU Healthcare Network at 3700 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans.

 

“This screening test is a simple ultrasound of the abdomen. It only takes a few minutes and is painless,” according to Claudie Sheahan, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at LSU Health Sciences Center. “The images will help determine whether or not an aneurysm is present. If the aneurysm is found early, it can be treated to prevent rupturing.”

 

Advanced registration and an eight-hour fast are required. Please call 504-412-1578 to make an appointment.

 

Individuals must meet eligibility requirements for the screening. Individuals 60 and older who have at least two cardiovascular risk factors and men age 55 and older with a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm and at least one additional cardiovascular risk factor are eligible for the screening once every five years.

 

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a ballooning of the abdominal aorta, the artery that carries blood to the lower part of the body. This type of aneurysm rupture is the third leading cause of sudden death in men 60 and older in the United States. It is estimated that more than 1 million people are living today with an undiagnosed AAA. Risk factors for AAA include a history of smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and hardening of the arteries.

 

 

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1441 Canal Street Suite #424. New Orleans, LA 70112 · 504-598-5241 www.aoutreach.org

 

 

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Louisiana Healthy Communities Coalition Second Annual Summit

Posted By Earl Benjamin, Louisiana Public Health Institute, Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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New Foundation Website Celebrates Louisiana Partnerships

Posted By Karen Boles, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, Friday, March 22, 2013

 

Click to view report

 

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation’s latest Corporate Social Responsibility Report is now live at http://www.ourhomelouisiana.org/csrreport/

Please take a moment to visit the report, share your thoughts and pass along the link to others.

We hope you enjoy this exciting report, which includes photos, videos, interactive features and more — all about our partnerships with organizations across Louisiana.

If you promote the report on Twitter, please use #BlueLuvsLou so others can follow the conversation and we can retweet your comments. You can also share the report on Facebook, and please be sure to like the Foundation Facebook page.

In addition, you may want to email your constituents and include a link to the section of the report that features your organization.

Thanks so much for your help in spreading the word about this great new website. We look forward to our continued partnership to build a healthier Louisiana!

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Christy Oliver Reeves
Director, Community Relations and
Executive Director of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation

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Louisiana-Based Nonprofit Welcomes New ED

Posted By AAAneurysm Outreach, LANO Member, Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A Louisiana-based nonprofit (AAAneurysm Outreach*) that made large strides this year expanding nationally, securing new partners, and teaming up with pro football legend Joe Theismann, just reached a new milestone to help further its mission of saving lives from a deadly vascular condition – Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA, pronounced "Triple A”).

Christy Ross, MHA (http://bit.ly/VpMcJe), a Louisiana native with ten years of administrative expertise in the healthcare service sector joins AAAneurysm Outreach as their new Executive Director.

    • Christy most recently served as the Deputy Director of the Mary Amelia Women’s Center at Tulane University, where she managed a diverse staff and budget; built relationships with clinical stakeholders, policymakers and advocates; and secured funding from local and national foundations in support of Center programming and initiatives.
    • Prior to that, her five year tenure with the Louisiana Public Health Institute involved collaborating with state leaders to mobilize resources to reduce chronic disease rates, developing strong relationships with key medical leaders along the way.

The organization is thrilled to have Christy onboard, as her experience, knowledge, and personal passion are a great match for the staff and supporters of AAAneurysm Outreach.

*About AAAneurysm Outreach:

AAAneurysm Outreach is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA, pronounced "Triple A”) and driving at-risk individuals to get screened. Inspired by AAA advocate Sheila Arrington (a Prairieville, LA native), who lost her father to a ruptured AAA and has a strong family history herself, the goals of the organization are to raise public awareness about AAA, provide free preventive screening services to at-risk populations, and create a support network for individuals and families impacted by or at-risk for AAA. As always, we are beyond grateful for the tax-deductible support of our donors, without which we would not be able to accomplish our mission and goals. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.AOutreach.org.

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Adoption Awareness Conference

Posted By Katherine Stiel, St. Elizabeth Foundation, Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Want to learn more about adoption awareness? Need CEU's? Come check out this great opportunity to both, while promoting adoption as a positive option in the Baton Rouge community.

The conference, to be held on Friday, March 23, 2012, will offer 6.5 Continuing Education Unit’s by the Louisiana State Board of Social Workers.

The seminar is designed as an educational community outreach program for professionals and lay persons interested in adoption.  The conference is sponsored by St. Elizabeth Foundation, a local, full-service adoption agency, and will introduce an overview of adoption- how adoption has changed over the years, where it is now and why it is important to look at again.

WHO:
St. Elizabeth Foundation is a local, nonprofit organization based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services. The conference will include expert training in all areas of adoption. Among these nationally recognized speakers are Professor of Law, Robert Destro and Licensed Clinical Social Worker Robin Marerro.

WHAT: Nationally acclaimed speakers will cover all aspects surrounding adoption. Among the conference topics are "Understanding the Adoption Process,” "Questions Adolescents have about Adoption,” and "Pregnancy Counselors and Adoption.” The LSB of Social Workers has approved 6.5 CEU’s and 6 LLPC CEU’s for the seminar. The seminar is $35/person and free for students.

WHEN: Friday March, 23 from 8:30 am – 4 pm

WHERE: LOD Cook Conference Center, 3838 West Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

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Challenge Grant Program Overview Available in PDF

Posted By Karen Boles, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, Tuesday, October 18, 2011
New information on the Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana challenge grant program from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation is now available.  

Please download the attached PowerPoint slide presentation on the program goals, approach, partnerships, examples and application information.

Contact:

Christy Reeves 
Director, BCBSLA Foundation
Foundation@bcbsla.com
888-219-2583


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