Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation Healthcare Initiative

Let’s Be Totally Clear: The Breathe Easy Statewide Concert Series is Coming to a Town Near You!


LCEF and The Let’s Be Totally Clear Campaign (a program of The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living) are teaming up to bring you The Breathe Easy Statewide Concert Series! These 100% smoke-free concerts will be making their way around the state to promote healthier, smoke-free environments for all people in Louisiana.

The next stop on the tour is Monroe, LA. The smoke-free concert will be at The Landing (6130 Whites Ferry Road) January 18th at 9:00 p.m. and will feature entertainment by Easy Eddie & The Partygoers. All of the smoke-free events will feature entertainment, door prizes, giveaways, and free entry to the event.

Hammond was the first stop on the tour. “Dan Lambert at Cate Street Pub in Hammond said over 350 people attended our smoke-free event, which was especially good since the club next door was not smoke-free,” said LCEF Healthcare Initiative Director Kathy Richard. “The band (The River City Hit Squad) did a great job of reinforcing the smoke-free message during the concert. Everyone who came out had a great time!” The second event was held in Opelousas at Beau’s Garage and featured entertainment by The Boogie Allstars.

Look for more 100% smoke-free concerts in 2014 as The Breathe Easy Statewide Concert Series makes its way through Louisiana with stops in New Orleans, Houma, Alexandria, Lafayette, Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Monroe, and Lake Charles.

In Louisiana, employees in most industries have the benefit of clean air in the workplace – except for those who work and perform in bars and gaming facilities. The Breathe Easy Statewide Concert Series will remind everyone that all Louisianans deserve protection from secondhand smoke in the workplace.

“There are more than 7000 toxic chemicals in secondhand smoke,” said Torrie Harris, Director, TFL and Community Health Division at LPHI. “Those chemicals cause very real, measurable, expensive, and avoidable health issues including asthma, lung cancer, emphysema, and other chronic diseases. Through smoke-free events and partnerships like this, and TFL’s continuing statewide efforts to bring attention and change to this very real problem, we hope our policy makers, community leaders, and business owners will see they can do more to encourage healthier air for all.”

LCEF-HI Offers Free Lung Cancer Screenings for Acadiana Musicians

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LCEF-HI is offering free lung cancer screenings for Acadiana musicians with funding provided by Benefit the Boogie.

Benefit the Boogie is an annual fundraiser that offers information about lung cancer and raises money to provide lung cancer screenings for Acadiana area musicians. The mission of Benefit the Boogie is to provide funds that will eliminate financial barriers between members of the local musical community and access to lung cancer information and screening tests, and also to create greater awareness of the risks musicians face to their health through workplace exposure to second hand smoke, with an emphasis on lung cancer risk factors, education, and early detection.

The screenings are ongoing and require an appointment. If you are a musician in the Acadiana area and you would like to schedule an appointment or get more information, contact LCEF-HI at 337-366-8970 and ask for Kathy or Robert, or email assist@culturaleconomy.org.


LCEF-HI Health Screenings

We offer general health screening tests for cultural workers and their families. We currently offer glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol tests.

No screenings currently scheduled; check back soon.

For further information: call 337-366-8970 or email assist@culturaleconomy.org.

Healthcare Initiative: Our Mission

The primary mission of the LCEF Healthcare Initiative is to support the total well-being of our cultural economy workers by facilitating access to primary and preventative healthcare and affordable prescriptions.

Our cultural workers enrich our lives and serve as  ambassadors of Louisiana to the world. But the majority of them are self employed and are either uninsured or under insured. This limits their access to healthcare and adds to their frustration of trying to navigate the maze of service options. A cultural worker’s health risks are often increased by the environmental nature of their work such as the medium of their art, smoke filled rooms and the increased stress from fluctuating income.

The LCEF-HI works to ensure that our culture stays strong. We do this by caring for our cultural workers and striving to keep them healthy.


All Louisiana cultural economy workers are eligible for assistance from LCEF-HI, including those working in visual arts and crafts, performing arts, culinary arts, design, traditional culture bearing, entertainment, literary arts and humanities and historic preservation.


The LCEF-HI main office is in Lafayette. We currently have medical partners serving the following parishes: Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Rapides, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermillion, however, our service is available statewide.


  • Assistance locating doctors and dentists
  • Assistance accessing affordable prescriptions
  • Facilitation of timely treatment
  • Free health screenings
  • Free educational seminars specific to cultural economy workers
  • Information on other health-related programs
  • Mental healthcare options


There is no fee for assistance from LCEF-HI. Upon visiting a doctor, participants will be charged based on income and ability to pay. Participants who need specialized treatment or testing will be referred to a medical facility or area specialist (if available). They will not have to wait in the ER to be enrolled in the LSU Healthcare Network.

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Independent Weekly Article on Smoke-Free Air Series

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To Register with LCEF Healthcare Initiative


If you need assistance with your health issues call Healthcare Initiative Director, Kathy Richard at 337-366-8970 or email kathy@culturaleconomy.org.

Please know that help is just an email or phone call away. You are important to us.

If you would like to help us in this important work, please donate to the the LCEF Healthcare Initiative.