Region 7 Community Action Team Honored for Excellence in Serving Children

BFH’s Community Action Team (CAT) in northwest Louisiana received the Dr. Donald G. Mack Award in
recognition of the team’s “hard work, devotion and commitment to excellence in serving the children of Northwest Louisiana.”  The award is given annually by the Northwest Louisiana Pediatric Society to a non-physician/group that has shown outstanding service to improve the healthcare for children in region.

The award serves as recognition for the CAT’s consistent mobilization of community involvement in issues affecting the well-being of children. Key focus areas for the CAT include: safe sleep, motor vehicle accident prevention, fire prevention, drowning prevention, suicide prevention, and firearm safety.

The group is continuing to provide leadership in the community and has recently expanded its purview and membership by including maternal, infant and child health home visiting as a focus area and by assuring that parent voices are also represented. This updated Community Action & Advisory Team (CAAT) is composed of health care professionals, law enforcement personnel, fire department and EMS staff, educators, mental health professionals, juvenile justice advocates, members of the judiciary, coroners, non-profit and philanthropy leaders, social service providers, home visiting staff and private citizens.

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