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Community Partners

Our community partners consist of the organizations our LA CaTS Community Advisory Board (CAB) members represent. Our community partners abide by two principles: Action Orientation and Relationship Building between academics and community members. It is sustained by shared priorities; diversity in membership; substantive participation; transparency; mutual respect and recognition; orientation to action; and personal connections.

Baton Rouge

Woman’s Hospital
Dana Vidrine, MSN, RNC-MNN
Director Mother/Baby
Woman's Hospital
Office: 225.924.8377

Open Health Care Clinic
Jamie Roques, MPA, MPH, APRN
3801 North Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Office: (225) 655-OHCC (6422)

Bureau of Minority Health Access and Promotions
D'Andra Bradford-Odom, MPA
Minority Outreach Director
Baton Rouge, LA

East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority
Walter “Geno” McLaughlin, Jr.
Community Engagement Specialist
620 Florida St., Suite 110
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Office: 225.387.5606
Cell: 225.205.4561


David Raines Federally Qualified Health Center
Larry Daniels, MD
Bossier, Louisiana
Office: (318) 549-2500

Elizabeth Disbrow, PhD
Associate Professor
Office: (318) 675-7184

Northwestern State University
Connie Hale, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Director of Graduate Studies and Research in Nursing
Office: (318) 677-3100
Cell: (318) 422-4620

The Community Foundation of North Louisiana
Paula Hickman, JD
Executive Director
Office: (318) 221-0582

Elaine King, BA
Cell: (318) 218-3205

MLK Health Center & Pharmacy
Janet Mentesane, MSW
Executive Director
Office: (318) 277-2912, ext. 1
Cell: (318) 572-4932

LSU Ag Center
Grace Peterson, PhD
Area Nutrition Agent
Office: (318) 741-7430, ext. 1502
Cell: (317) 286-4146

Feist-Weiller Cancer Center
Jo Ann Stewart, RN BSN
Medical Oncology
Cell: (318) 813-1409

Office of Public Health, Region 8
Jeff Toms
Assistant Director
Cell: 318-361-7203

LSUH – Shreveport
John A. Vanchiere, MD
Vice-Chair for Pediatric Research and Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Office: (318) 675-6081

AARP – Shreveport, Rose City Chapter
Vernon Varnell
Cell: 318-423-2813

David Raines Federally Qualified Health Center
Willie White, MPH, BS
Executive Director
Office: 318 237 9837
Office: 318 227 3342 (clydean)

Office of Public Health, Region 7
Martha Whyte, MD
Regional Medical Director
Cell: 318-455-8454

Grambling State University
J. Russell Willis, PhD
Associate Professor, Rural Sociology
Office: (318) 274-2331
Cell: (318) 497-1643

Caddo Council on Aging
Monica Wright, BS
Executive Director
Office: (318) 676-7900

New Orleans

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