Annual Health Summit

The 7th Annual Health Summit is Coming and Registration is in Full Effect!

The Louisiana Center for Health Equity, in collaboration with the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health and Pennington Biomedical Research Center, is pleased to announce the 2022 Health Summit: Pathways through Policy for Equitable Recovery. The summit will be held virtually, due to COVID-19, on March 8 from 1:00 PM -5:00 PM and March 9 from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM. 

Join us in expanding collaboration and engagement for our bold vision of improving health outcomes and the quality of life for Louisiana children and families to continue moving our great state of Louisiana toward ranking 40th in health outcomes by 2030, LA40by2030.

We invite healthcare professionals, service providers, insurers, researchers, educators, faith-based and non-profit organizations, law enforcement, and businesses, as well as policymakers, local and state elected officials, advocates, community health leaders, and the general public to join us in shaping key strategies and promoting policies for equitable recovery that support children, youth and families across Louisiana. To register and for event updates, click here

Registration Details:

Early Bird registration rate – $50 until January 21 or until sold out. First come first serve.

Sponsor a student or a community member – $75 through February 25

Regular rate – $75 through February 25

Resource tables for nonprofit community organizations – $300 through February 18 or until sold out.  

Highlights

Teen Advocacy in Action

Last Fall, the Louisiana Center for Health Equity (LCHE) hosted the L.E.A.D. In LYFE League Teen Leadership and Advocacy Program for students aged 13 through 18 across the state. Teens were given the opportunity to express their concerns about education and their school environments as well as to engage as agents of change for racial justice and racial healing.

The teens highlighted five areas of concern, including, inequitable school funding, mental health resources in schools, gun violence, bullying in schools, and zero-tolerance policies. L.E.A.D. teens provided fresh perspectives on their needs and that of their schools. Their proposed solutions may be a blueprint for Louisiana’s education system to improve school environments. 

Check out the BR Proud news coverage about the program here

New 2021 Health Disparities Report Highlights the Importance of #La40by2030

Recently, America’s Health rankings (AHR) released the 2021 Health Disparities Report that reveals health has only gotten worse. The report exposed the urgency of addressing and improving health disparities in Louisiana.  The report cites the following: From 2003-2019, food insecurity in households headed by an adult with less than a college degree has risen 74 percent; From 2011-2019, chronic health conditions in female adults have risen 40 percent, and; From 2011-2019, depression in adults with only a high school diploma has risen 33 percent. Currently, Louisiana ranks 50th in overall health outcomes, and according to this AHR 2021 Health Disparities Report, the state’s health is worsening. Poor health outcomes and pervasive disparities highlight the imperative need as never before for policy change and strategic innovations to improve health outcomes in Louisiana. LCHE’s #LA40by2030 is bold and much needed in Louisiana. Join us on this journey and let’s get Louisiana to becoming a healthier state. 

To review the 2021 AHR Health Disparities Report, visit AHR 2021 Health Disparities Report

BREATHE Wins National Award and Recognition 

Bringing Respiratory Health Equity for Asthmatics Through Healthier Environments (BREATHE), a partnership with LCHE, the Louisiana Department of Health-Office of Public Health, Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health and Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, is an initiative for families and children with asthma. BREATHE was recently recognized nationally by the National Environmental Health Association as a recipient of the Gold Innovation Award that recognizes health professionals who have developed innovative strategies to improve the health and well-being of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The BREATHE program provides or offers home or virtual visits to assess environmental conditions and needs. The BREATHE program is free. You may complete an interest form at BREATHE Interest Form or call 1-888-293-7020.

Thank You

2021 Health Summit Outlined Bold Solutions to Improve Louisiana’s Low Health Ranking

Public health and education professionals and individuals invested in the well-being of Louisianans gathered virtually on March 31st for the 2021 Health Summit: #LA40by2030Governor John Bel Edwards opened the two-day summit, followed by Cedric Richmond, Director of the Office of Public Engagement and former Louisiana Congressman. Kristen Lewis, Director of Measure of America, A Program of Social Science Research Council, served as the keynote speaker. Louisiana Department of Health Secretary Dr. Courtney N. Phillips also shared insight on how the Department is addressing health equity.

LCHE is committed to improving Louisiana’s health ranking by 2030 and the summit allows us to bring together policy makers, public health, and educational professionals who can help us get there. The five key objectives that were outlined during the summit included exploring the role public policy and institutional racism play in health disparities in Louisiana; identifying key strategies to achieve #LA40by2030; promoting alignment and collaboration around strategies needed to achieve #LA40by2030 amid the COVID-19 pandemic; engaging participants in advancing policy initiatives to reduce health disparities, address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), improve women’s health, and adopt a living wage; and promoting participation in the State Health Assessment and State Health Improvement Plan.