The strain and stress of the last year has had rippling effects on both our physical health and economic health. Banding together as a community has kept New Orleans families and businesses moving forward despite the hardships, which have taken a big toll on women who are balancing the demands of jobs and stuck-at-home families. This month, we highlight health resources and initiatives that offer help, whether medical or otherwise in keeping our women well and thriving. From resources in mental health—which affects overall health—to community partnerships that will bring awareness and funds to healthcare initiatives and programs, there are ways to get involved in improving your mental and physical wellbeing and improving the wellbeing of the community as well. 

Mental Health

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is committed to its mission to improve the health and lives of Louisianians. May is Mental Health Month, and Blue Cross encourages you to be aware of how you’re feeling—especially after the past year. Mental health can affect physical health and overall well-being, and it’s a common concern among people struggling with other serious health issues. Ask for help if you need it. Let your healthcare provider know how you’re feeling and ask for recommendations.

Blue Cross members can have online visits with behavioral health providers through the BlueCare telehealth platform: If you regularly see a behavioral health provider for care, ask if telehealth visits are an option. Check out the “Stronger Than Ever” playlist, part of the Blue Cross YouTube channel, for short videos with tips on managing stress and staying on top of other health concerns.

For more information, call 1-800-495-2583 or visit


Community Partnerships

LSU Health Foundation, New Orleans

LSU Health Foundation, New Orleans (LSUHNO) is proud to inspire donors to invest in the LSU Health Sciences Center – New Orleans and to properly steward those contributions, helping to meet the ever evolving needs of LSUHNO by providing new philanthropic and business resources, partnerships, programs, real estate and property leases, auxiliary businesses and other services that support and strengthen the educational and community mission of the LSU Health Sciences Center.

Innovative new ways the Foundation is honoring philanthropic alumni and friends include The Second Line Bead Campaign, which entails a cascading bead centerpiece and digital recognition in common areas of the new Student Living Center. The new 579-bed, 324,371 square-foot modern housing facility will primarily serve the students of LSU Health and is the first new student housing complex to be built on LSU Health’s campus since 1967.

For more information, visit