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Lincoln Health Foundation Grants City of Ruston $1M to Help Improve the Health of the Community

April 24, 2018

LINCOLN HEALTH FOUNDATION GRANTS THE CITY OF RUSTON $1M

TO HELP IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF THE COMMUNITY

Join us on April 26th for a dedication of the first block of Ruston’s

"Improving Health Equity Through Active Transportation” Initiative

Ruston, Louisiana (4/18/18) — Lincoln Health Foundation joins the City of Ruston in the effort now underway to

fill the most critical gaps in Ruston’s active transportation infrastructure and reduce the harmful health

outcomes related to chronic inactivity.

Ruston's transportation system is extremely car-centric, which contributes to chronic inactivity; restricts access

to health care, jobs, education, and other everyday needs; and helps give rise to a sprawling development

pattern that reinforces car-dependency.

In response, Ruston’s plan, part of Moving Ruston Forward initiative approved in 2016, is to build a city-wide

network of shared-use paths, sidewalks and bike lanes. This project, supported in part by a million dollar

Collective Impact Grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Louisiana, is strategically targeted at

improving community health.

Work is underway on the Rock Island Greenway, a shared-use path that will run through the middle of town.

“The greenway is the centerpiece of Ruston’s new bicycle/pedestrian network, it is helping make Ruston a safer,

healthier, and more appealing place to live for all types of people” said Mayor Ronny Walker.

“Lincoln Health Foundation's mission is to improve healthcare and healthcare access for residents of Lincoln

Parish by funding health-related initiatives, programs and services that improve quality of life. The long-term

benefits derived from this project and its potential impact on improving access to healthcare services and

promoting exercise are significant. This project not only improves access to healthcare services, but it also

enhances the services provided by existing LHF grantees and ensures the Foundation’s ability to achieve it’s

mission,” said Norman Hanes, Chief Executive Officer of Lincoln Health Foundation.

“The greenway, and the Lincoln Health Foundation funded connectors, will establish unprecedented

opportunities for people to comfortably walk or bike around town,” added Mayor Walker.

Walk The Block: April 26th, 2018

Join us for a dedication ceremony honoring the first block of Ruston’s active transportation system! Please meet

at Duncan Park, located at 1311 Arlington Street, at 10:45. At 11am we will walk as group to the site of the

ceremony.

“This grant will enable the City to build safe and pleasant ways for people to walk and bike along Vaughn

Avenue, Line Avenue, and Mississippi Street and will connect schools, parks, childcare and medical services to

underserved neighborhoods. This initiative will also establish safe routes for students from the Louisiana Center

for the Blind as they walk between their apartments and downtown classrooms” said Ammen Jordan, Director

of Development, Office of the Mayor, City of Ruston

To learn about the Lincoln Health Foundation, visit www.lincolnhealth.com. To learn more about the Rock

Island Greenway visit www.ruston.org/rock-island-greenway.php

 


Media Contact: Ammen Jordan : 206-979-7800 : ajordan@ruston.org

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