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The Voice of Southwest Louisiana March 2018 Issue

The Voice of Southwest Louisiana News Magazine March 2018


Mar 2018 The Voice's Choice The Voice's Choice will spotlight groups, individuals or topics that spread love, joy and peace throughout SWLA. L-R: Dr. Joseph Simien, Dr. PierreJohnson and Dr. Maxime Madhere drew on each other's determination & individual strengths to forge a brotherhood and bond. This carried them through college, medical school and beyond. They want to show young black men that athletes and entertainers are not the only examples of black achievement and success. See more on page 15. 3 EDITOR'S PEN LET’S TALK... 5 SWLA NEWS IMPERIAL CALCASIEU REGIONAL PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION 6 OPERATION HEALING AND RESTORATION TO PROVIDE FREE DENTAL, VISION AND MEDICAL CARE IN LAKE CHARLES 7 SWLA HEALTH, WEALTH & WELLNESS REMOTE AREA MEDICAL (RAM) 8 SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA AIDS COUNCIL HIV & AIDS IN WOMEN AND GIRLS 10 SWLA HEALTH CENTER NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH 2018 12 NUTRITIONAL & HEALTH SERVICES KIDNEY DISEASE AND AFRICAN AMERICANS 4 CONTENTS 16 A LASTING PASSION FOR FASHION Fashion Week Lake Charles 2018 (FWLC18) is the gateway to a completely new world. 10 NUTRITION TIPS: Julie Branden & Jeanne Claire Benton National Nutrition Month 2018 14 MY SENIOR MOMENT 2.0 CHRISTUS HEALTHY SENIORS 15 SWLA NONPROFIT PULSE 3 OF PERSEVERANCE 16 A LASTING PASSION FOR FASHION FASHION WEEK LAKE CHARLES IS HERE TO STAY 20 PEACE FROM PIECES ON DEATH AND DYING: SWIMMING IN THE TIDAL WAVE OF GRIEF 22 OPEN POSITION LAGRANGE HEAD COACH MOVING ON 24 ADVENTURES OF THE LAKE LIVING WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES - ALCINA JACKSON 26 Q&A WITH MARY MORRIS COUNCILWOMAN DISTRICT A DISCLOSURE: All materials contained in the publication are copy-righted and may not be reproduced or reprinted in part or its entirety without the expressed written permission of The Voice of SWLA. The views expressed in articles of The Voice of SWLA are not necessarily the views of the ownership or sponsors in this publication. The Voice of SWLA assumes no liability for errors or omissions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of all content. Editor-In-Chief Brenda Hill General Manager Tracy Clark PUBLISHED AND DISTRIBUTED BY Team Publications LLC. 4310 Ryan St. Ste. 123 Lake Charles, LA. 70605 In the McNeese SEED Center 337.474.2210 March 2018 WWW.THEVOICEOFSOUTHWESTLA.COM Volume 5 • Number 8 Art Director Vinh Alexander Sales Lori Ross Copy Editors Jason Clark Cecely Clark Ann Champagne Consultants Gene R. Hill, Sr. Reginald Clark CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Cheri L. Soileau, AICP, Executive/ MPO Director Emily Ashworth, RN, BSN Shatonia McCarty, MS, RD, LDN Joyce R. Kebodeaux Regina James Carra Sergeant, LPC Tori Hebert Alcina Jackson Carol T. Giles, D.Min. Cover and Feature Story Photo Credits Julie Branden - CEO of Vivid Image Consulting Production Coordinator - Alyssa Burris Make Up -Shaunteal Prejean Hair- Lexy Fondel (Lexy's Beauty Salon) & Valleen Vallere Photographer - Patrick Williams Designer -Jeanne Claire Benton Model - Katelyn Williams

SWLA news Editor’s Note: This series of articles provided by Imperial Calcasieu Regional Planning & Development Commission (IMCAL) will inform, educate and update our readers on events affecting transportation and economic development in Southwest Louisiana. Regional Planning Commission By Cheri L. Soileau, AICP, Executive/MPO Director In the past columns, the spotlight has been on the MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization). However, we are more than just the MPO. We are also the regional planning commission for five parishes in Southwest Louisiana- Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis. There are 8 planning districts in Louisiana, all created by the Louisiana Legislature and all have independent boards of directors, executive director and staff to do a variety of economic development planning activities. We are considered a government entity and follow all federal and state laws and regulations, as applicable. We have a membership of 2 parishes, 10 municipalities, two ports, two airports, two tourism commissions and a redevelopment authority. We welcome any parish and municipality as members. We have a full board of directors and an Executive Board, which consists of 9 representatives from four of the five parishes. All of this can be found on our website: As a regional planning commission, we are the agency which works with a parish or a municipality to apply for public infrastructure grants such as water, sewer and roads in rural areas. We work with a variety of Federal and state agencies, including EDA (Economic Development Administration) (part of the US Department of Commerce), Delta Regional Authority (also part of the Department of Commerce), United State Department of Agriculture, Louisiana Economic Development, Louisiana State Office of Community Development, just to name a few. We receive planning funds from EDA to help our region with those needs which encourage economic development in a municipality or parish. We help our region find those grant funds which help with improvement and we can also help with general planning needs. Many of our smaller cities are growing very quickly and it’s important that, as growth occurs, the growth is what the citizens want. We are the designated recipient for federal funds from many Federal agencies and are constantly searching for grant opportunities that can help our region. In the next year, you will also see changes to what we do. We are beginning to become more involved in disaster recovery and resiliency issues and will be the agency to help our region not only with recovery but identify and address items to help minimize impacts of natural or man-made disasters. In the almost 2 years I have been with the agency, I have seen two separate flooding events and Hurricane Harvey impact SW Louisiana. We, as a region, must collaborate on minimizing the impact of these disasters and plan how to recover as quickly as possible. As always, we welcome comments and questions. Knowledge is power and any way we can share our knowledge, we are glad to do so. Our Long-Range Transportation Plan website is up and running. Visit www.transportplanswla. com and find the interactive map. Make comments about transportation issues you are experiencing and sign up for updates. Cheri L. Soileau, AICP, Executive/MPO Director Imperial Calcasieu Regional Planning & Development Commission Lake Charles Urbanized MPO 4310 Ryan Street, Suite 330 Lake Charles LA 70605 O: 337-433-1771 C: 469-964-2015 Volume 5 • Number 8 WWW.THEVOICEOFSOUTHWESTLA.COM March 2018 5

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