LCHE has worked to address the COVID-19 pandemic since it began. By adhering to social distancing protocol and swiftly adapting much of our programming to online format, we continue to make every effort to keep Louisianans safe. On March 19, 2020 we issued our official statement regarding the virus (read below).
Shortly thereafter, in April, our Founder/President Alma C. Stewart was appointed by Governor Edwards to serve on the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force’s Public and Regulatory Policy Subcommittee, alongside several notable law and policy scholars and subject-matter experts. To learn more about the functions of the task force, roles of various committees and to read the report, visit https://www.sus.edu/page/louisiana-covid19-health-equity-task-force.
In keeping with our commitment to adolescent health, LCHE has made policy recommendations to address the behavioral health needs of youth as many face heightened degrees of trauma in light of the pandemic. These legislative bills aim to comply with nationally recognized best practices by requiring Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) screenings in accordance with CDC guidelines prior to the suspension and expulsion of youth.
LCHE is currently collaborating with Louisiana Department of Health Office of Public Health and others to address the impact of COVID-19 on children with asthma.
Read our official statement:
Dear LCHE Friends,
As we continue to learn more about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and experience the needed adjustments in our state both personally and professionally, the Louisiana Center for Health Equity(LCHE) is up to date on the current COVID-19 status. Our highest priority is for the safety and well-being of the communities we advocate for, our team members, volunteers, donors, and board members. LCHE’s Founder and President together with our Board of Directors are assessing the situation daily and following the Governor’s recent proclamation aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 across Louisiana (https://gov.louisiana.gov/assets/ExecutiveOrders/JBE-EO-30.pdf) and all recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html), Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) (http://ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus), and city and local governments.
Please be assured that while we remain focused and vigilant in advocating for health equity on behalf of the citizens of Louisiana, we are committed to adhering to the current CDC and LDH recommendations as it relates to preventing the spread of COVID-19. To access the most current information about the COVID-19 pandemic you can call 211 or text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211.
To our valued donors and partners, we appreciate your continued investment in the Louisiana Center for Health Equity and support of our work in addressing health disparities in Louisiana. It is our desire to continue our partnerships and relationships during this challenging time.
In adherence with CDC and governmental guidelines, we are evaluating our options for our upcoming volunteer and community events. All updates will be communicated via our website: www.lahealthequity.org and social media channels. We can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We appreciate your patience and flexibility in this rapidly developing situation. LCHE thanks you for your continued support as we work together to get through this period of uncertainty.
Louisiana Department of Health – Office of Public Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization