Bounce royalty Big Freedia will headline a free Pride Prom for LGBT teens and young adults at Hyatt Regency’s Celestin Ballroom May 11. The prom, organizer Marc Behar says, is designed as a safe, fun and alcohol-free party for LGBT youth ages 15-21. Such events can help resolve issues such as restrictive dress codes or not being able to bring a date of one’s preferred gender to a high school prom. Teens from both public and private area schools are encouraged to attend. This prom is the first major event of its kind held in several years in the New Orleans area. In addition to performances by Big Freedia and DJ Brice Nice, it includes a prom royalty “Strut-Off,” in which teens walk the catwalk for a juried costume contest to win non-gender-specific crowns. There also are complimentary professional prom photos and free food and drinks. While adults over age 21 may not attend the event, chaperones from sponsoring groups HyPride, Jewish Pride NOLA, PFLAG New Orleans and CrescentCare plus Hyatt security staff will provide supervision.The prom takes place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, May 11. There’s no charge to attend, but participants should register online.
Designated attire is “whatever makes you feel fabulous.”
CrescentCare received a grant from the Entergy Foundation to start a Reach Out and Read program. Our pediatric physicians and nurses will give literacy guidance to parents of children 6 months through 5 years of age during each well-child visit and the provider will give the child a new, developmentally-appropriate book to take home, building a collection of 8-10 new books in the home before the child goes to kindergarten. The provider also repeatedly prescribes reading aloud every day. Our providers are very excited about this new initiative!
CrescentCare recently received funding from Boston University and the National Association of County and City Health Officials to implement new Community Health Worker projects to deploy neighborhood workers to increase HIV testing, engage patients into care, and to also re-engage patients that have fallen out of care. This is a cutting-edge health care improvement strategy for HIV services.
On August 15, CrescentCare broke ground on its new health center at 1631 Elysian Fields Ave. The new facility will be a comprehensive campus that will combine four of our current service sites. CrescentCare has tripled the number of clients we have served in the past two years and we hope to again triple the number of clients served when the new health center opens. In addition to providing health care, the new health center will provide other community services, including a credit union on the first floor. The new facility will improve the whole patient experience by having medical, dental, behavioral health, case management and prevention all under one roof in a new facility, resulting in higher quality care and cost-efficiencies.