Baptist Community Ministries Hires New Health Grant Program Director
NEW ORLEANS – Baptist Community Ministries (BCM), a private foundation providing philanthropic services and promoting health and well-being in the Greater New Orleans area, has hired Adrienne Warren as the program director of health grants. They shared the announcement in a press release.
In her new role, Warren will guide the development, implementation, evaluation and improvement of evidence-based health policy and practice supported by BCM grant funds. With special attention on health grants, Warren will further the mission of creating a healthy community that creates a state of positive physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being.
“We’re thrilled to have Adrienne join us to further our mission of delivering health and wellness to our community,” noted Charles Beasley, president and CEO of BCM. “As we care about each trustee and every staff member, we know she will join us in our commitment to caring deeply about the well-being of our community’s citizens.”
Warren previously served as the regional director of resources for human development – Louisiana providing strategic direction and overseeing seven, large behavioral health programs serving clients with severe mental illness located in the Southeast Louisiana Region. During this time, she increased hospital diversion rate to over 92 percent (out of more than 400 clients with severe mental illness) and achieved 90 percent housing stability for clients served. There she was awarded the highly sought after, three-year accreditation by CARF International, indicating dedication and commitment to improving the quality of life of persons served.
BCM identifies ideas and partner organizations that address critical community needs in the areas of health, education and public safety. BCM further supports these ideas and partner organizations with financial grants and expert consultation. Over the last 24 years, $194 million has been invested in local nonprofits and other community partners within the Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes.
Warren’s additional experience includes time at LSU Health Sciences Center as the HIV services quality manager, evaluation program coordinator for the Mary Amelia Women’s Health Center, and graduate student technical advisor at the Tulane Center for Global Health Equity.
Warren currently serves as Mental Health Court Committee member for the Jefferson Parish Behavioral Health Taskforce and as a Criminal Justice Workgroup Member for the New Orleans Health Department’s Behavioral Health Council.
In addition to her outstanding work history and community involvement, Warren has been recognized by the UN World Summit with the Youth Award, (Voices of Africa) and a grant recipient from the National Institute of Health’s Health in International Research Training.
Warren earned a bachelor’s degree from Dillard University and a master of public health degree from Tulane University in 2010. Warren began her career as deputy director of financial services division for the U.S. Air Force located in Montgomery, Alabama, after serving in the U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).