Durand “Rudy” Macklin, a member of the 1981 LSU basketball team, spoke to the OMC, Inc. Board of Directors at their monthly meeting at the Natchitoches Health Center located at 1640 Breazeale Springs St. In ’81, LSU posted a record of 31 wins, five losses. Macklin was a member of the All-American team that year and went on the play in the NBA before entering Louisiana state government.
After joining the Edwin Edwards administration, Macklin became a member of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. He is now the Executive Director of the La. Bureau of Minority Health Access. Macklin addressed the OMC, Inc. board in regards to the similarity of missions between both organizations.
Both serve the underserved and under-represented populations of Louisiana. Macklin spoke about the importance of their role as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). The Bureau of Minority Health and OMC, Inc. use similar approaches to reach those in the community. Both employ multi-cultural and culturally competent approaches to caring for those in the community and enhance the way in which health services are designed and delivered to those communities.
Macklin said the board’s role, while primarily behind-the-scenes, is important because they make possible all the organization accomplishes. CEO Carl I. Walters II stated he can accomplish nothing without their continued, unabated support. Board President John Winston assured Walters of the board’s continued confidence in him and the organization as a whole and the direction in which Walters is leading OMC, Inc.