Honoring our 100-year legacy as a provider of quality healthcare services to members of the Central Louisiana community, The Rapides Foundation supports efforts that help people get access to the healthcare services they need. We started Cenla Medication Access Program in 2001 to provide free medications to qualifying individuals under age 65.
Our Cancer Screening Project helps residents get access to free medical screenings for breast, colorectal and cervical cancers. A feature of this project is the Cancer Screening Van, a mobile digital mammography unit that travels throughout Central Louisiana. The screening van is a partnership between The Rapides Foundation, CMAP and the Partners in Wellness Program at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center at LSU Health Shreveport.
Through a contract with the American Cancer Society Mid-South Region, we brought the Community Health Advisor Program to Central Louisiana. This program trains community volunteers to provide education, outreach and information to men and women. The ultimate goal is to have area residents, who are traditionally in underserved communities, get the appropriate screenings for breast, cervical and colon cancers.