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Alma C. Stewart Bio

Alma C. Stewart, RN, MS, CCHC is the founder and president of the Louisiana Center for Health Equity, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization she established in 2010 to address disparities in health and health care, with a focus on wellness and community health. Ms. Stewart is a registered nurse, former career state civil servant, entrepreneur, and avid public health policy advocate. Throughout her decades-long career, she has testified at countless legislative hearings, spearheaded multiple advocacy campaigns and addressed social and political determinants of health in a manner that boldly places the needs of disparate populations at the forefront of Louisiana’s political and social agenda.

Ms. Stewart’s strong convictions as a woman of faith coupled with her tireless civic engagement and uncanny ability to rally community stakeholders at the grassroots level have earned recognition on national, state and local stages. Among her recent notable accomplishments is being recognized nationally as the recipient of the NAACP Dr. William Montague Cobb Award for her outstanding efforts to advance health policy, health advocacy and social justice in the State of Louisiana. Ms. Stewart is also a recent fellow of the second cohort of the National Children’s Health Leadership Network and a current member of the Children’s Advocacy Leadership Network to advance child health policy and advocacy with a focus on reducing health disparities for children and families.

As the leader of LCHE, one of her most noteworthy accomplishments to date was organizing and leading a broad coalition, the Campaign for Healthcare for Everyone – Louisiana, to advocate for access to healthcare coverage through Medicaid expansion. After a three-year battle for this policy, in January 2016, Louisiana became the first state in the Deep South to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act closing the coverage gap for over 500,000 adults who now have healthcare insurance. She is the host of Today’s Health Topics, a weekly radio show on WTQT 106.1 FM, Facebook Live and the worldwide web far-reaching local, national and international audiences.

Ms. Stewart earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northwestern State University, a Master of Arts in Human Relations and Supervision from Louisiana Tech University, a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Southern University of Baton Rouge and a Certificate of Organization Development from Georgetown University. She has also studied at the Louisiana State University Governmental Services Institute. Lastly, Ms. Stewart is a proud mother and grandmother and enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

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