Building Respect in Community (BRIC) of Philadelphia, PA is proud to speak to the value and importance of Alma Stewart and the Louisiana Center for Health Equity. Baton Rouge is blessed to have one whose deep passion and extraordinary skills continue to uplift her community. Ms. Stewart has engaged in decades of work to make healthcare more accessible to her community and to provide programming that uplifts the spiritual and physical well being of youth. The State of Louisiana and the Greater Baton Rouge community are both greatly strengthened by the committed work of Louisiana Center for Health Equity.

– Minister Dr. Mary L. Wade, Ph.D. Philadelphia, PA

I just want to thank you for all of the hard work you all do with programs for children. Both of my children have participated in and enjoyed each program that you all offer.

-The Wheeler and Moore families

I am taking a class called Social Advocacy and we are currently focusing on healthcare discrimination. I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your continued efforts to ensure equal medical treatment for all. Healthcare discrimination is still a very prevalent issue in our nation- especially in the South. It is thanks to efforts from organizations like the Louisiana Center for Health Equity that this issue is slowly being solved, and I am grateful for those efforts.

– Jordan R., High School Student, Concord, CA

“I was given the opportunity to serve as a volunteer for four years and to evaluate the Louisiana Center for Health Equity’s (LCHE) Youth Peace Olympics (YPO) youth violence prevention/intervention program. By utilizing an instrument that was tested for validity and reliability, I was able to gather results based on best practice theoretical approaches to show that the program intervention provided significant change in the youth participants’ beliefs about approval of aggression based on their general beliefs as well as their beliefs of being provoked. This study was selected to be presented at the 2020 American Public Health Association (APHA) Conference. I am grateful to have been a part of this initiative and wish the YPO program many more years of success!”

– Shonta Manuel, MPH, PhD


“Seven years ago, I was a participant in the Youth Peace Olympics sponsored by the Louisiana Center for Health for Equity. After witnessing firsthand its commitment to community, I accepted the offer last year to join the board with glee. I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of work geared toward equity and justice.”

– Frederick Bell,
LCHE Board Member

“The Louisiana Center for Health Equity is my family. It has equipped me with so many life skills and experiences. From being a youth in the Youth Peace Olympics to now working for the organization, I have discovered a sense of purpose and for that I’m forever grateful.”

– Jordan Stewart,
LCHE Youth Development Program Assistant
Southern University of Baton Rouge, Senior Social Work Major

Chandler (Age 14): “This was my first time attending the summit, and I didn’t know exactly what to expect. I must say it was amazing. It was so informative especially the presentation about youth advocacy, which is needed in this climate. All of the speakers were all really good and besides learning, I had a lot of fun.”

Sadaya (Age 14): “It was a really good experience. It was very educational and fun. I learned things about financial literacy and sexual diseases. It felt like a really good environment in general, like a safe place.”

Armani (Age 17): “I just want to say thank you for this experience. I am so happy that I was put into this group of amazing and wonderful people who are confident and love sharing their experiences. I hope I could do this again but in person. Thank you.”