Louisiana Chapter
2nd Quarter Spring 2021
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Making a Sustainable Difference in our Local Communities
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2021 LACHE Officers
Kiley Cedotal
Patricia "Tatsy" Jeter

Ben Boudreaux

Dionne Viator

Kirk Soileau
Immediate Past President

Kenneth Cochran

Natasha Reid
District 1, Orleans

Chad Cathey
District 2, Southeast

Faydra N. Allen
District 3, SW/Bayou

Claire Hick
District 4, Central/NE/NW

Lesleigh "Les" Hall
District at Large

Joshua "Josh" Lamb
District at Large

Merle Francis
LHA Representative
Grant Telhiard
Student Board Member

Michael Sanders
Career Advancement

Lee "Dennis" Dillard

Jenny Bono

Rickie J. Ragan

Coletta Barrett
Community Impact

Olivia Giles
Diversity and Inclusion

Peter Dancy, Jr.
Strategic Planning

Sarah E. Mitchell

Meaghan Musso Genre
Operations Coordinator

Kent Design + Build

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Making a Sustainable Difference in our Local Communities

Recognizing that our clinical care programming and efforts impact potentially 20% of what is needed for our people to live their best, healthiest life; how is it that healthcare can play a more impactful role in contributing to the health of our local communities. 


Why invest in our communities?

Although our healthcare systems have spent many resources trying to improve health through quality and access, health inequities persist - and we ultimately treat them at high cost in our ERs.  Social determinants of health and structural barriers negatively impact our bottom line through increased utilization, perpetual poor outcomes and increased cost. We are uniquely positioned as leading employers and economic engines in our many communities to engage in structural changes to make a positive impact.  One approach that has been gaining momentum across the United States since 2016 – is the movement to have healthcare institutions see themselves as ANCHORS in their communities and implement anchor strategies.  By leveraging our business practices around inclusive, local hiring and workforce development, local and diverse sourcing, and place-based investing, we can tackle these underlying causes of poor health by investing in the social and economic well-being of the communities we serve.  Another way to put this: We can produce measurably beneficial impacts on individual and community health by implementing an anchor strategy; and by so doing, lower preventable demand. This improves patient quality of care and cost effectiveness.


We can have a significant community impact by leveraging what we’re doing now…yes, RIGHT NOW. The Anchor Mission approach offers a portfolio of proven strategies that can multiply outcomes without multiplying cost.  The key is for our systems to be intentional with the approach.  A commitment to intentionally apply our institution’s programs, processes and policies to positively impact economic power and human capital in partnership with community to mutually benefit the long-term well-being of both is a mission we can all rally around.
The purpose of the Healthcare Anchor Network is to help each participant more rapidly and effectively advance an anchor mission approach within their institutions, the communities served, and across the healthcare sector.  Today in Louisiana, Christus Health and the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady are members of the Healthcare Anchor Network.  The Community Impact committee of the Louisiana Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives with LaCHE Board of Directors support is embarking on a journey to raise awareness of how hospitals intentionally adopting an anchor mission strategy to intentionally hire locally, purchase locally and invest locally can make a measurable and significant impact on their local communities.
By creating a shared vision and positioning the work within existing organizations structures and policies, programs and initiatives and ensuring leadership support and justification; our organizations have the opportunity to have a quadruple effect:  Improved health outcomes, Community development, Environmental impact and positive Financial returns.  If improving health outcomes is our purpose, why not focus internally for our team members on economic health.  Anchor strategies will help us intentionally impact the communities we serve if we hire inclusively and equitably, purchase inclusively and equitably and invest intentionally to impact the economic and community health of those we serve.
To inquire more about anchor strategies and how your organization can participate in the Community Impact Initiative contact:  
Coletta Barrett RN, FACHE
Community Impact Committee Chair
Louisiana Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives




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