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