Justice Center Recognized With Award

The Committee for a Better New Orleans recently honored Carol Bebelle and the Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana at the fifth annual Diana Lewis Citizen Participation Awards.

Bebelle was selected for her exceptional work at the Ashé Cultural Center and throughout Central City, and for her community engagement in the revitalization of one of the city’s most historic districts. The Justice and Accountability Center was recognized for its work in bringing highly marginalized residents back into civic life and restoring people’s voting rights.

Coleman Ridley, executive director of Forward New Orleans and the New Orleans Business Council, served as featured speaker.

The invocation was given by former Loyola University President Father James Carter, and there was music by The Last Straws.

The event was sponsored by the Committee for a Better New Orleans, Jones Walker and Peoples Health.

CBNO has been the convener of the ongoing process to develop the New Orleans Citizen Participation Program, a formal structure to promote and sustain civic engagement mandated by the city charter and the Master Plan, which led to the adoption this year of the City Planning Commission’s Neighborhood Participation Plan. More information about the Citizen Participation Program can be found at nolacpp.wordpress.com.

Louis Prima and Family Create Long-Term Support for Jazz & Heritage Foundation

Louis Prima, one of New Orleans’ most renowned and beloved jazz musicians, will have a lasting impact on music education in New Orleans thanks to a new partnership with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

The donation from the Gia Maione Prima Foundation will provide long-term financial support to the Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s music education programs, including music instruction and career development.

“Louis Prima was and remains an icon of New Orleans – and American – music,” said Anthony J. Ruda, president of the board of directors of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. “It is a wonderful honor to extend our relationship with him and his family in the service of our community.”

“Throughout Louis’ life, he always believed in helping young people learn the joy of making music, and in supporting his fellow musicians,” said Anthony Sylvester, Managing Member of the Gia Maione Prima Foundation. “We are thrilled to partner with one of the country’s most important cultural institutions to provide jazz lessons to the youth of Louis’ home town, and to support those professionals who take the sound of New Orleans around the world.”

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is currently finishing up the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, a state-of-the-art education and community center on Rampart Street. When completed, the building will have seven classrooms, including dedicated rooms for piano and drum lessons, along with a 200-seat auditorium and digital media capabilities.

The Jazz & Heritage Foundation will christen the Louis Prima and Gia Maione Prima Brass Instrument Room at the facility during its grand opening in December.

LSU Health N.O. School of Nursing Awarded Grant to Improve Access

The LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing was recently awarded a two-year-long $700,000 Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) grant, which will be directed by Scharalda Jeanfreau, DNS, FNP.

This grant, which was awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will increase access to advanced nursing education and patient care for disadvantaged, underserved and under-represented groups, including veterans.

The AENT Program at LSU Health New Orleans will provide traineeship funding for up to 50 eligible full-time and part-time Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner (PCFNP) students to cover a portion of the costs of tuition, fees, books and reasonable living expenses.

Recipients of the funding support must commit to practice in health professional shortage areas or medically underserved communities for at least one year after graduation. The funds will be distributed twice per year among eligible applicants, providing preferential funding for those applicants meeting criteria of background, need and commitment.

Student clinical experiences in the program include providing care for minority, disadvantaged, underserved and rural populations.

To learn more about the grant program, visit lsuhsc.edu.