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Skyra Rideaux has joined Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic as executive director.

The Lafayette native has more than 10 years of professional experience with a background in public relations, marketing, strategic planning, and policy and procedure development. She is actively involved in several local nonprofit organizations where she has focused on implementing new ideas and strategies to build relationships, increase awareness and engage the community.

“I am excited about the opportunity to follow my passion and serve my community in a more permanent capacity,” Rideaux said in a press release. “The clinic’s targeted mission of serving the working uninsured is important because it offers free services to an often unrecognized segment of our population that may not be able to afford medical or dental insurance as well as prescribed medications with their limited income. With all of our community partners and the potential for future collaborations, we can continue to provide much needed care to those underserved populations.”

Rideaux, who grew up in Carencro, graduated from Carencro High School and UL Lafayette. She most recently served as the events and public relations manager for Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise and served for seven years in the U.S. Navy.

Rideaux began her new role on June 8. She replaced Jeri Allison, whom Rideau says was offered a great job opportunity in Kentucky that also allowed her to be near her family.

Since opening its doors 21 years ago, LCHCC has provided and coordinated medical, dental and pharmaceutical services at a value of more than $26.5 million at no cost to its patients.

LCHCC offers medical clinics every Tuesday and Thursday evening, with dental clinics every Thursday evening accompanied by daily dental hygiene services provided by the students enrolled in the LSU Dental Hygiene School. Specialty clinics include avoidable blindness eye care, gynecology, nutritional counseling and skin and breast cancer screenings.

LCHCC relies solely on volunteer health care professionals to provide these services. For every $5 donated, LCHCC can provide up to $15 worth of care.

The clinic is also home to the Community Pharmacy, a collaborative effort with the Lourdes Foundation, which provides medications to eligible, low-income residents of the Acadiana area. The Community Pharmacy is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays. — Independent Staff

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