HEALTHY LIVING

Healthy and well-nourished children are more able to develop their minds and bodies as they should, and they are far more capable of concentrating, learning and thriving throughout their school years. The Children’s Coalition provides several school-based and out-of-school programs that develop childrens’ bodies and minds, as well as community-based initiatives that meet the unique needs of families. 

SCHOOL-BASED PROGRAMS

Al’s Pals, Kids Making Healthy Choices

Al’s Pals is a resiliency-based early childhood curriculum and teacher training program that develops, personal, social and emotional skills in children 3-8 years old.  The Children’s Coalition is working with all Pre-K programs and teachers in both Monroe City and Ouachita Parish school district, as well as the Pre-K and K program in Morehouse Parish, to implement this nationally recognized, evidence-based program.  Several child care centers are also participating in this 46 lesson curriculum.  Al’s Pals is a program of Wingspan, Inc. See www.wingspanworks.org.   For more information about Al’s Pals in your community, contact Tammy Washington, Early Childhood Life Skills Coordinator at twashington@childrenscoalition.org

Literacy Plus

The Children’s Coalition is partnering with the Monroe Housing Authority, Monroe City Schools and local non-profits to provide an out-of-school literacy enrichment program that bridges the home, school and community. The program adds to traditional conceptions of literacy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) health literacy and cultural (Arts) literacy to create “Literacy Plus.” Program is currently a recipient of LEH Primetime Literacy grant. 

 

COMMUNITY-BASED PROGRAMS

U-ACT: (Union Parish Alliance for Community Transformation)

Stemming from a DHH Louisiana Partnership for Success fund award, Northeast Delta Human Services Authority initiated a partnership with the Children’s Coalition with assistance from Louisiana Tech. The groups are working together to manage the formation of a collaborative coalition to address underage drinking and prescription pill use in Union Parish. The U-ACT Coalition (Union Parish Alliance for Community Transformation) will be working to reduce the incidence of underage drinking and other data-driven priorities in Union Parish. This award not only targets substance abuse, but also aims to have an indirect positive impact on depression, suicide, teen pregnancy, school failure and violence. For more information contact Mary Barrios at MBarrios@childrenscoalition.org .

Generation RX Prescription Take Back Program

As a recipient of the Cardinal Health Foundation's Generation Rx Medication Disposal Grant, a dynamic group is working together to reduce the prevalence of non-medical use of prescription drugs through these 3 key messages: 1. Take medication exactly as prescribed 2. Store prescription drugs in secure locations and properly dispose of medications you no longer need 3. Promote safe medication practices and teach others to do the same. More information about Generation Rx can be found here.

Our efforts have led to partnerships with the following to conduct Prescription Take Back Events throughout the region: Brookshire's Food and Pharmacy, the ULM College of Health and Pharmaceutical Sciences, UACT, Northeast Delta Human Services Authority, Northeast Louisiana Highway Safety Partnership, Louisiana State Police-Troop F, Union Parish Sheriff's Office, Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office, Reeves Memorial Medical Center and Union General Hospital.

Dia de la Familia

Dia de la Familia In the Spring, the Children’s Coalition works with community partners in Union Parish to celebrate Hispanic culture and promote healthy living at Lake D’Arbonne State Park. This is the signature event for our efforts in connecting Hispanic children and families in Northeast Louisiana to resources and services available. For more information about our Spanish language campaigns and efforts, contact Mary Barrios. For more information about Dia de la Familia, see EVENTS for details.

Bully Awareness/Prevention

Every October, in conjunction with the Northeast Delta Human Services Authority, the Coalition partners with schools, businesses and families to raise awareness on bullying. The focus is to reduce the incidents of bullying in schools and communities across the region. In 2015, over 2,500 students and 200 teachers in 40 schools along with numerous businesses wore orange to encourage our community to be BULLY PROOF!