In our most recent “What’s Up With…?” we spoke with our Consortium Director, Megan Hedges, to learn more about her role in the Louisiana Rural Ambulance Alliance and the exciting projects she’s working on. The LRAA consortium fulfills many state grant obligations and we took time to learn just how Megan manages it all.
- 1. Describe your day-to-day role.
I normally spend my days working on revisions of the information originally submitted for the End the Epidemic Louisiana grant, while also making time to complete attachments for the current grant application. Some days, educational webinars are my primary focus.
- 2. What is the biggest project that you’re working on?
My biggest projects are the End the Epidemic Louisiana grant deliverables and the grant application attachments for the next grant LRAA plans to pursue. The End the Epidemic Louisiana deliverables were previously submitted but are being revised to ensure all required elements are included. Researching information for the future grant and combining the attachments together with accurate information are the projects that take most of my time.
- 3. How does your role connect and collaborate with other staff members, board and providers?
I communicate educational information to providers that they may not have previously been aware of. Being in an administrative position allows me to be privileged to new opioid epidemic statistics, which are collected from individuals who work and conduct research in the field. LRAA providers submit the data that they collect, and it is analyzed and used to produce information to give administrative staff an overview of the past, present and future regarding the opioid epidemic. Providers feel comfortable communicating their experiences and needs to me and I serve them by partnering with organizations in the industry that can contribute to their needs.
- 4. What are you most looking forward to in the coming months?
I am looking forward to the end of construction at the new building in St. Gabriel and moving to that office. I am looking forward to continuing the work that has already been achieved for the End the Epidemic Louisiana and I am anxious to finish the application for the next grant and I hope that LRAA will be awarded that grant to aid in the End the Epidemic work we have already achieved.
About the Louisiana Ambulance Alliance
The Louisiana Ambulance Alliance (LAA) is a diverse group of EMS providers who promote emergency medical transport as a distinct concern in Louisiana; serve as a forum for a unified voice for healthcare providers, public officials, healthcare workers, educators and consumers working to improve emergency medical transport in Louisiana; provide a forum for the exchange and distribution of ideas and information related to the improvement of emergency medical transport; serve as an advocate for emergency medical transport, promoting improved health status and improvements to the health system for residents of Louisiana; and encourage the development of appropriate health resources for Louisiana.