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.