THE LIVING & AFFECTED CORPORATION (LACorp) is a charitable, tax-exempt, 501(c) (3) grass root organization founded in 2008 to promote empowerment and inclusion while decreasing health disparities through education and advocacy in marginalized communities. LACorp will address but is not limited to general, mental health, reproductive justice, homelessness, poverty reduction, and the pursuit of justice and equality among underserved communities, their organizations and allies.
Vision Statement– We are the statewide organization that is informed and connected to change the social construct of the community we serve by improving basic human rights.”
Mission Statement – “To transform communities to holistic health by providing education, prevention and advocacy,” will be vital in its efforts – ultimately culminating in creating a Well-Being Institute that will effectively increase wellness in our lives and community.
The group wishes to intensify its stance that the “human condition” must become paramount with the paradigm of linking or retaining individuals in primary care. The basic human rights framed by the groups “HEFTE” (Housing, Employment, Food, Treatment and Education”) concept has become the unifying element that will be instrumental in the health care continuum.
Our Primary Objectives are to:
• Develop a community coalition to address the growing needs of the community and further the mission of LACorp
• Develop and conduct appropriate educational outreach to encompass the social ills affecting all marginalized or oppressed people.
• To conduct empowering sessions which promote social justice for all.
Our Services Include but are not limited to:
- Educational and Awareness Material Dissemination
- Community Building Activities
- New Media/Internet Outreach
- Speakers Bureau
Center for American Progress
University of Texas Southwest Medical Center
Jefferson Comprehensive Care Systems Inc.
Better Community Developers
The Latino Commission of AIDS
Arkansas Department of Health
Arkansas Insurance Department
Ms. Levi has demonstrated her passionate expertise on health disparities within marginalized communities with an emphasis on LGBTQ People of Color. A graduate of Langston University and Alpha Kappa Mu Scholar, Levi has been awarded the National Positive Leadership Award by the National Association of People of With AIDS ( NAPWA), The Flamethrower’s Award from the Red Door Foundation, cited as one of the top 20 minority health advocate by the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, authored a sexual health professional development module which was used by the Little Rock School District’s Health Teachers, led the Arkansas HIV Community Advocates Coalition, is the former C0-Chair of the Arkansas HIV Planning Group, authored the 2012 Arkansas Comprehensive HIV Prevention Plan which was the foundation for Arkansas’ Jurisdictional Plan. Diedra spearheaded the founding and organizing of The Living Affected Corporation of which she currently serves as its Chief Executive Officer. During her tenure she has been a noted collaborator and outreach force within the LGBTQ community and its numerous allies, supporters and contributors.
Keith Jones – Outreach Coordinator, IPA, Peer Specialist
Kayron Fortenberry – Development & Administration