Help culture bearers in Acadiana receive access to health resources and timely assistance.
Keeping our cultural workers healthy and creating is the mission of ACHA.
With that in mind and especially with the ongoing risk of COVID-19 on our beloved cultural community, NOMAF wants to remind our friends in Acadiana that the Acadiana Cultural Health Access (ACHC) program is there to help you navigate the medical system to get tested, treated and answer your questions. We are also here to take care of you beyond your medical needs.
We know your body is an instrument and strive to help keep it healthy and creative.
Acadiana Cultural Health Access (ACHC) COVID-19 Response
Acadiana’s cultural recovery from the COVID-19 crisis demands we marshal all our forces, resources and inner strength; make ALL our decisions with determined integrity, compassion and vision; remain process-oriented with every step we take forward to bring hope to our community that our new normal will be a place we all want to live and together re-affirm all that is good in Acadiana. Services available includefacilitation to mental health, medical and insurance navigation; health advocacy around safe and healthy workplaces. Resources will be unitized to provide high quality liaison and facilitation to services to ensure our clients receive the best of care.
About Kathy Richard, ACHA Co-Founding Director and Volunteer:
Our NOMC&AF Acadiana COVID-19 Resources Coordinator, Kathy Richard, is a community advocate and co-founding (volunteer) director of Acadiana Cultural Healthcare Access (ACHA). From her base in Abbeville, she has been on the front lines to assist thousands of Louisiana musicians and cultural workers during her more than 20 years of service. In 1998, Kathy served as a founding partner of both the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic (NOMC) and the Healthcare For Musicians (H4M) program, as well as the Healthcare Initiative Director at the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation (LCEF). Her innovative programs -including disaster response initiatives, a state-wide health referral network, and Louisiana’s first smoke-free movement- have provided vital health and advocacy services, helping to enrich the livelihood of culture bearers in her community.