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On this edition of The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias we kick-off our “Sustainability Series” with an important episode. We discuss health and wellness and access to healthcare for members of the hospitality industry. We’re joined by Dani DiPietro and Mandi Bordelon of 504HealthNet and Erica Dudas of the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic.

Pictured above from left – Erica Dudas of the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic, Bryan Dias of The NOLADrinks Show, Dani DiPietro and Mandi Bordelon of 504HealthNet.

NOLADrinks Show – 5-20-19 – Health and Wellness in the Hospitality Industry

We start things off letting you know about this week’s show and our new “Sustainability Series” on The NOLADrinks Show. The series will address social, environmental, and other related topics in the broader world of food, drink, and culture.

This first episode addresses a topic we’ve discussed on the show in the past – health and wellness in the hospitality industry. Today, we talk about the overall issues and challenges members of the industry face and why you, whether in the industry or one who patronizes it, should care. We cover access to healthcare and talk about innovative and “industry-friendly” programs offered by 504HealthNet in partnership with the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation.

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Pictured above from left – Mandi Bordelon of 504HealthNet and Bryan Dias of The NOLADrinks Show.

The discussion addresses some of the barriers and difficulties that face many in the industry including lifestyle, work-life balance, working non-traditional hours, lack of health insurance, proximity to alcohol, on-the-job pressure, and much more. Another key concept is the often-found bias or lack of trust members of the hospitality industry may have in their ability to find care as well as, simply, a lack of awareness and messaging on what’s out there.

We learn how innovative approaches and successful programs offered by the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic, an organization that serves the city’s musicians, are being adapted and rolled out to members of the hospitality industry through their collaboration. As we have often noted on the show, the city’s economy is largely dependent on tourism and hospitality, the foundation of which is built on our music and service industry communities.

As we continue our conversation, we discuss the importance of education and messaging, building trust, and developing programs and approaches that work for these communities. Dani, Mandi, and Erica stick around for our podcast-only portion – “Another Shot with NOLADrinks” – where we get further into the topic and let you know, if your in the industry, how you can access these programs in New Orleans and what to look for in your area if you’re not living and working here.

In our “Parting Shot,” we talk a bit about non-profits. The map below shows the location of Tujague’s, where we taped this show (thanks to them!) You can subscribe to, stream, and download The NOLADrinks Show podcast using the links and player at the top of the post.

Cheers, You All!

~ Bryan