Environmental Health Capacity and Literacy Project (EHCLP)
Gulf Region Health Outreach Program
Building social capital and engaging Gulf Coast communities in leadership development is the foundation for the Environmental Health Capacity and Literacy Project (EHCLP). The EHCLP will strengthen the resilience of vulnerable Gulf Coast communities by: building environmental health capacity to deliver coordinated specialty medical care; integrating the roles of community health workers, including environmental health navigators, as a viable and sustainable component of the health system; expanding maternal and child health services to strengthen family resilience in communities experiencing repeated disasters and environmental stressors; and strengthening environmental health literacy in high schools and universities.
EHCLP is part of the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program (the "Outreach Program"). The Outreach Program is a series of four integrated five-year projects to strengthen health care in Gulf Coast communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle. The Outreach Program was developed jointly by BP and the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee as part of the Deepwater Horizon Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement, which was approved by the U.S. District Court in New Orleans on January 11, 2013 and became effective on February 12, 2014.
The Outreach Program is supervised by the court, and is funded with $105 million from the Medical Settlement. The target beneficiaries of the Outreach Program are residents, especially the uninsured and medically underserved, of 17 coastal counties and parishes in Alabama (Mobile, Baldwin), Florida (Escambia, Santa Rosa, Walton, Okaloosa, Bay), Louisiana (Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Lafourche, Terrebonne, Cameron) and Mississippi (Hancock, Harrison, Jackson). The ultimate goal of the Outreach Program is to inform residents of the Gulf region about their own health and facilitate access, now and in the future, to skilled frontline health care providers supported by networks of specialists knowledgeable in addressing the physical, behavioral, and mental health needs.