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The Citypak Project distributed backpacks to homeless people in New Orleans last month at Unity of Greater New Orleans, Ozanam Inn and Covenant House. The backpacks are specifically designed by High Sierra for people who currently are homeless. The project has distributed more than 24,000 backpacks in North America.

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UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation raised more than $30,000 through its annual golf tournament in Kenner on April 4. Since 2007, the foundation has awarded more than 10,000 grants providing nearly $30 million to children and families to fund treatments for autism, cancer, cerebral palsy, diabetes, muscular dystrophy and other conditions.

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Louisiana is the least-prepared state in the event of public health disasters, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) 2016 National Health Security Preparedness Index. Louisiana scored 5.6 on a 10-point scale — the national average is 6.7 — and showed stagnant health care quality over a three-year comparison. In measuring "health care delivery" (access to routine and emergency care), the state scored only a 3.1.

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