The Greater New Orleans Immunization Network (GNOIN) was created in April 1998 when Christian Health Ministries partnered with several area hospitals to implement an immunization program for the children of Metropolitan New Orleans. The program focused on increasing the immunization rates for children by age two years. GNOIN offers the combined elements of an immunization registry and a mobile immunization unit. The primary objective of the Greater New Orleans Immunization Network is to protect all children from vaccine preventable diseases. This is accomplished by raising parental awareness on the importance of timely infant immunizations, by establishing a systematic method to locate and immunize children and by providing convenient access to immunization services. An immunization registry provides a confidential, computerized record of immunizations. Coverage rates are easily calculated to establish and monitor the immunization rates of children. As families move in and out of public and private health care systems, registries serve as a powerful tool to ensure that children receive timely and proper immunizations. Children are enrolled in the state immunization registry. Health care providers are key to the success of any immunization effort. With the active participation of private physicians, nurses and other health care providers we can positively impact the health of children in our community. In 2008, GNOIN received a new mobile clinic (Ronald McDonald Care Mobile) from RMHC Global. The local chapter of Ronald McDonald House Charities provides support for the Care Mobile operations.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater New Orleans seeks to directly improve the health and well-being of children. The House does this by providing a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children receiving medical treatment nearby, through the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Program, by awarding grants to children's organizations located primarily in Southern Louisiana, and by awarding scholarships to eligible high school seniors. The House is built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal, or where they will lay their head at night to rest.

 

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