What We Are Doing
Championing Women, Children and Families
LCHE champions women’s health by addressing disparities through policy advocacy and community engagement. For nine years, LCHE and partners have hosted the Annual Women’s Day Celebration – a legislative policy advocacy, information and resources event held at the Louisiana State Capitol. Topics have included child and maternal health, maternal mortality, HIV/AIDs, human trafficking, sexual and other forms of abuse, access to healthcare and more.
During the 2022 Legislative Session Governor John Bel Edwards signed SB 116 into law, now ACT 676, to establish the Louisiana Office on Women’s Health. For more details on ACT 676, click here.
Learn how we Advocate Health Equity for Women, Children, and Families.
Improving Healthcare Access & Health Outcomes
As the only state in the Deep South to adopt Medicaid Expansion, Louisiana has made great strides to improve healthcare access for its residents. Still, despite over 500,000 individuals obtaining health insurance coverage under Medicaid expansion, our state’s health ranking remains 49th in the country. This figure represents a clear disconnect between insurance coverage and true access to quality, equitable medical treatment and preventative care.
Read how our efforts Improve Healthcare Access in Louisiana.
Advancing Racial and Social Justice
At LCHE we understand that social and political determinants of health are the drivers that influence community health outcomes. Accordingly, the solutions that we employ as a society must be holistic in nature to make a sustainable impact. By addressing issues such as lack of access to quality and affordable healthcare, economic insecurity and other inequities, we work to inform, advise, and implement strategic solutions aimed at solving these systemic problems.
Understand how we aim to Solve Economic and Racial Systemic Health Issues.
Leading a Public Health Approach to Adolescent Health
LCHE advocates for policies and systemic changes relevant to adolescent health with a primary focus on education, behavioral health, violence prevention and improving overall health outcomes. Through the Together We Are More Adolescent Health Collaborative, LCHE employs data-driven approaches to address these needs in a comprehensive and sustainable manner.
During the 2022 Legislative Session, HR173 was introduced to create a task force to further study the feasibility of trauma informed services and investigate zero tolerance policies, willful disrespect, having mental health counselors and social workers in schools, and prohibiting corporal punishment. For more information about the task force legislation, click here.
See how we Promote Better Adolescent and Youth Health.