Erica Rogers, is a Laplace Louisiana native that began her nursing career at Houston's MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2008. Her career is driven by the quote, "Compassion is the highest level of intellect". Erica loved her job right away, but soon became interested in venturing "outside the walls of the hospital" to participate in community outreach work. After developing a close and lasting relationship with a patient in cancer treatment, she understood what was tugging at her heartstrings; she knew she could be doing more. Erica founded the Braveheart Foundation as a peer-to-peer support system that helped patients and their families cope with the process of cancer treatment. The project's success inspired Erica to pursue similar endeavors on a larger scale.
In 2014, Erica relocated back to Louisiana with plans to embark on a mission trip to Africa. She joined a small group of clinicians in Uganda, providing essential medical care to dozens of people. While there, she realized she had found her calling. After that trip, Braveheart became a worldwide mission. Braveheart's mantra is to "reach the unreachable" by providing humanitarian aid, health education and health activism in impoverished communities of Uganda. Braveheart travels throughout the impoverished country and sets-up mobile medical clinics for villagers to come and receive free healthcare for diseases that burden their particular village. Acute medical, vision, dental, women's health, and podiatry are the specialties that are provided in the free medical clinics. Since the inception of Braveheart in 2014, over seven thousand villagers have been impacted with free health services during its annual medical missions. Braveheart foundation uses minimal funding and resources to impact many by providing mass drug administration and in-depth health education in the most desolate villages of Uganda. Braveheart has a partnership with Smiling Hearts orphanage in Lake Buyonyi, Uganda. Braveheart supplies the orphanage with a yearly supply of medications in the kiddie pharmacy while also providing yearly well-kid health check-ups, malaria, dental and vision screenings along with necessary treatment. Braveheart continues to strive in expanding its programs and offerings. They are extremely excited to break ground on a permanent Braveheart Mission Clinic and malaria research facility in Uganda in 2020.
Other collaborations include the Orchid Society (youth mentoring organization) and Veterans United. Braveheart will be hosting 15 underserved girls (Orchid Society) from ages 13-17 years old on an exposure trip to Uganda with our 2020 upcoming mission group. Braveheart offers support to the Bayou Coast Veterans United Organization by providing education and resources related to mental health and wellness to post war veterans. Monthly meetings ("See my face, feel my pain") are conducted offering a safe space for Veterans to share stories about life as a Veteran.
Erica is the recipient of the 2019 Millennial Healthcare Award presented by The Spears Group and New Orleans Business Alliance. She is also the recipient of "The Champion for Change" award presented by the Crescent City Links. Erica was selected as one of the 2019 "Great 100 Nurse of Louisiana". Other affiliations are 2019 cohort for "Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans" and a member of the New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council.