March 8, 2022
LaFayette welcomed the Equitable Neighborhoods Initiative (ENI) on March 8, 2022. The community of 2,943 (2019) residents in Chambers County is one of fifteen across the state participating in ENI. The program will equip neighbors and community partners to address the pandemic-related issues of today while building the capacity to deal with the health and quality of life challenges of tomorrow.
The ALFA Building hosted the lively ENI kickoff celebration. Several local leaders, citizens, and ENI representatives gathered for the event. The kickoff featured welcome remarks, a motivational message, and refreshments.
“What excites me about ENI is that it gives ‘the people’ a voice in identifying what their community’s needs are through community engagement,” said Adrian Holloway, the LaFayette Community Liaison. “I’m excited about the lasting impact that this initiative will have on the members of the community as it equips residents with access to tools and resources that empower individuals to attain their full health potential – physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.”
LaFayette residents will join ENI’s LaFayette Advisory Group and Youth Community Council. Together, the groups will work to improve health outcomes for their town. Among other projects, they will draft a health equity plan. They will also create a “healing zone” in the community. “Healing zones” are natural and recreational spaces for improving physical and mental health.
“We are so excited to have LaFayette as part of this initiative,” said ENI’s project leader Dr. Arturo Menefee. “We are proud to partner with such a wonderful and unique community like LaFayette. We hope to see this program assist the residents of LaFayette in the betterment of their community.”
Dr. Earl Suttle of Leadership Success International fired up LaFayette residents in attendance. His motivational message encouraged LaFayette residents to “master stress for better success.” His remarks aimed to empower residents to strengthen their physical and mental health.
Connect with us to learn more about what residents of all ages achieve through ENI. Follow along on the ENI blog and social media pages to learn more. We can’t wait to learn alongside this wonderful community!
If you’re interested in connecting with ENI, email LaFayette’s regional director, Dr. Arturo Menefee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.