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The 7th Annual Bayou Desiard Dragon Boat Festival is May 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Bayou Desiard at the corner of Loop Road and Forsythe in Monroe.

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Suicide is a top five cause of death in adolescents and teens in the United States. Terry Thomas, psychologist at Healthpoint Center, informs parents on suicide statistics, risk factors, and resources to provide education on mental health. 

On teen suicide and common risk factors

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A majority of sexually transmitted infections (STI's) in Northeast Louisiana happen among people under the age of 25. Iberia Watley, program monitor at the Louisiana Office of Public Health in Shreveport, informs parents and professionals on STI's and resources to combat high numbers in northeast Louisiana.

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In most cases, a child's brain is fully developed by age three. Patti McGilton, mental health consultant at the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana, discusses how intentional, affectionate caregiving supports healthy brain development in infants and toddlers.  

McGilton says that infants and toddlers learn from what they observe and build trust when their [emotional and physical] needs are met. Stages of brain development vary from baby-to-baby; however, all babies respond well to secure environments. 

Early Childhood Experiences Affect Adult Health

Jan 24, 2018
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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) research has determined that adult behaviors reflect childhood environments. Dr. Paula Zeanah, clinical psychologist at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, brings out statistical information about how adverse experiences may be linked back as far as a mother's pregnancy.

Adverse experiences can be household dysfunction, abuse, or neglect. According to research, 74% of people have faced some adverse experiences. Zeanah says the sobering findings have been the impact of early experiences on later adult health and behavior. 

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Is it time to have "the talk" with your teenager? The Children's Coalition is here to help with their free informational event "Time to Geaux Talk" Wednesday, January 24 at 5 p.m.

While sexual health can be a difficult or awkward topic, it needs to be discussed. Over half of parents believe their child will receive sexual health education at their school. Unfortunately, this is not true. Luckily, the Children's Coalition of Northeast Louisiana is offering information to make this conversation easier for parents and children.

Take Advantage of Take Back Day

Oct 25, 2017
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The Children's Coalition is partnering with the University of Louisiana Monroe's School of Pharmacy to help promote the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, October 28. There will be multiple places across the area to drop off unused or expired medication for proper disposal from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.

The aim of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is to get harmful substances out of the hands of children and adults that could abuse them, as well as keeping the drugs from potentially polluting the environment. 

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Area children and their families will benefit from a new facility that will house an established community service: The Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana. The Coalition kicked off the “Commit to the Brick” capital campaign, a fundraising initiative that will support the new building located at 117 Hall Street in downtown Monroe.

Dragon Boat Festival Raises Funds for Children in NELA

May 5, 2017
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The Children's Coalition of Northeast Louisiana is holding its annual Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, May 13. The Festival will be held on Bayou Desiard from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Dragon Boat Festival is the biggest fundraiser the Children's Coalition holds throughout the year. This year over twenty boats in the bayou are participating in the race. The opening ceremony for the race is at 11 a.m., and the race begins at 12 p.m. Guests are encouraged to come early for the Community Health Fair that begins at 9 a.m. with a free fun run.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Apr 25, 2017
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Saturday April 29th is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The Northeast Louisiana Children's Coalition is partnering with the University of Louisiana Monroe's Pharmacy Program to provide eight locations for the community to take back expired, unwanted, and potentially harmful prescription drugs. 

The eight locations where the community can take back their unwanted prescription drugs are spread throughout Ouachita, Lincoln, and Union Parish. 

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