Washington Parish Healthy Communities Coalitions

Bogalusa Strong

About Us

Bogalusa Strong was founded by the LSU AgCenter, Our Lady of Angels Hospital and Well-Ahead Louisiana. The Bogalusa Strong coalition is a collaborative partnership of community members, leaders, businesses and organizations working together to improve quality of life in Bogalusa by promoting physical, social and environmental health. The coalition is supported by the Mayor of Bogalusa and the Mayor’s Wellness Council, residents and community partners.

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Bogalusa Strong Coalition Members


  • Valerie Vincent, LSU AgCenter &
  • Angela Lambert, Our Lady of Angeles Hospital

Executive Committee Members:

  • Christi Mitchell, LSU AgCenter
  • Dana Walker, Brilliant Mindz & ADAPT
  • Rhonda Gunnell, ADAPT
  • Wendy Williams, SAVE Bogalusa
  • Mayor Wendy Perrette, City of Bogalusa
  • Landon Tims, Parks and Recreation Director for Bogalusa

FOCUS Franklinton

About Us

FOCUS Franklinton is a Healthy Communities Coalition founded in January 2020. The coalition seeks to engage residents of Franklinton, LA in areas that encourage residents to adopt policy, systems and environmental changes that lead to a healthier community. Read more about the FOCUS Franklinton Coalition.

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FOCUS Franklinton Coalition Members

  • Valerie Vincent, LSU AgCenter
  • Christi Mitchell, LSU AgCenter
  • Beth Blackwell Putnam, LSU AgCenter
  • Dr. Mary Helen Ferguson, LSU AgCenter
  • Angela Lambert, Our Lady of Angeles Hospital
  • Debbie Durapau, Our Lady of Angeles Hospital
  • Ashley Shuck, Our Lady of Angeles Hospital
  • Brittny Costella, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
  • Lisa Ellsworth, Healthy Blue
  • Jaime Bruins Cyprian, LPHI Louisiana Public Health Institute
  • Michelle Belanger, St Tammany Parish Hospital Health Systems
  • Bridgette Alexander, SAFE
  • Senator Beth Mizell
  • Rusty Fornea, Washington Parish Council Member
  • Donna Graham, Washington Parish Government
  • Selina Gilliland, Early Steps
  • David Boudreaux, LA
  • Kathy Stuart, Office of US Senator Bill Cassidy


Innovate . Educate . Improve Lives

The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture