Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (NEDHSA) has partnered with Pelican State Credit Union to educate the citizens of Northeast Louisiana about financial literacy. In an effort to mitigate social determinants of health brought on by financial-related stressors.
NEDHSA and Pelican State Credit Union will link shared populations of partnered agencies and other initiatives by providing and sharing informational resources, collaborating, and ultimately acting as a referral point for individuals needing financial health help and/or Integrated Care help.
According to a survey by Bankrate, more Americans are worried about money hurting their mental health. The survey revealed that 52 percent of respondents listed money as significantly affecting their mental health. The latest finding compares with 42 percent of U.S. adults who said money was their top concern last year. Mental health distress can manifest in many ways. For the Bankrate survey, that definition included feelings of anxiety, stress, worried thoughts, difficulty sleeping, and depression.
Financial Outreach Program Services:
Financial Wellness Workshops
Health and Wellness Fairs
Pelican State Credit Union:
2880 Louisville Ave #1, Monroe, LA 71201.
NEDHSA Executive Director Dr. Monteic A. Sizer said, “negative social determinants of health are correlated with mental illness, addiction, disability, and primary healthcare challenges.”
”We are adding financial literacy because it is also a negative social determinant of health,” Dr. Sizer said. “Of the thousands of regional patients we see across our programmatic service areas, many struggle with financial issues.”
Dr. Sizer also explained that NEDHSA’s “new Money is Health initiative is specifically designed to help our patients understand the connection between properly managing finances and health outcomes.”
“Our initiative is also designed to help our patients gain control over their finances, feel empowered, and further learn how to make informed decisions that will ultimately lead to improved health outcomes,” Dr. Sizer said.