The Rapides Foundation’s seventh annual Symposium will be held Tuesday, September 1, 2020, from 3-4:30 p.m. - it will be in a virtual format for the first time this year.

The Symposium will focus on how community health status can be improved by addressing behavioral and social determinants of health. The featured speaker will be Regina Benjamin, M.D., who served as U.S. Surgeon General from 2009-2013, will present “Combating Health Disparities: Narrowing the Gap.”

Each year the Foundation presents the Symposium as a way to gather around a topic of importance and to recognize the creation of The Rapides Foundation on September 1, 1994.

The 2020 live event will be presented on the Zoom webinar platform, and is free and open to the public. Registration is required and can be completed by visiting the Rapides Foundation webpage:  www.rapidesfoundation.org/symposium

The mission of The Rapides Foundation is to improve the health status of Central Louisiana, and over its 26-year history the Foundation has sought to support that mission by developing initiatives and strategies intended to impact the region for decades to come.

The Foundation focuses its work in three strategic areas: Healthy People, to improve access to healthcare and to promote healthy behaviors; Education, to increase the level of educational attainment and achievement as the primary path to improved economic, social and health status; and Healthy Communities, to improve economic opportunity and family income, and enhance civic and community opportunities for more effective leaders and organizations.

Since the Foundation’s creation in 1994, it has disbursed more than $230 million in grants. The Rapides Foundation serves a nine-parish area in Central Louisiana consisting of Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Vernon and Winn parishes.

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