NE Delta HSA received a proclamation this week from the Louisiana House of Representatives. The proclamation commends the Authority for its extraordinary efforts in improving the quality of life for the people it serves. It also lauds the NE Delta HSA vision to build a more unified northeast Louisiana where individuals are capable of thriving and reaching their full human potential.
The proclamation cites NE Delta HSA’s Integrated Health Model, which helps provide citizens with greater access to behavioral and primary healthcare service, and its efforts to deliver personalized, proven tobacco cessation education and intervention to its clients. The new NE Delta HSA Tobacco Cessation program is offered at its Monroe Behavioral Health Clinic.
“We wish to thank Representative Frank Hoffman, Chairman of the Louisiana House Health and Welfare Committee and the entire House of Representatives for this public recognition. This formal recognition demonstrates the desire of the legislature to help NE Delta HSA meet the needs of some of Louisiana’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Dr. Monteic A. Sizer, NE Delta HSA Executive Director. “We support our Governor, House and Senate leaders as they continue to grapple with many tough budgetary decisions. We hope that our innovative, Healthy Living approach to human services delivery will help move the needle within our state’s health indicators.”
“In anticipation of more people entering the primary and behavioral healthcare systems this year, our Tobacco Cessation program is one of many initiatives we are employing to support our commitment to our citizens’ health,” said Dr. Sizer. “We will continue to facilitate their access to the quality mental health, substance abuse and developmental disability services we are entrusted to deliver, even within challenging economic times.”
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Smoking causes an estimated 90% of all lung cancer deaths in men and 80% of all lung cancer deaths in women. Click here to read more facts about the dangers of smoking and to obtain more information about the NE Delta HSA Tobacco Cessation program.
To read the previous NE Delta HSA Tobacco Cessation press release distributed in March, click here.