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Louisiana DHH Secretary Celebrates Declines in Teen Birth Rates

May, 13, 2016

Both Louisiana and the nation have experienced declines in teen birth rates over the past decade, and Secretary Rebekah Gee of the Department of Health and Hospitals says that's something to celebrate. Teen girls who become mothers are much less likely to complete high school. Teen fathers also see a decline in graduation rates."Fewer teen births means that more of our children will be able...

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Take Charge Plus, GNOCHC Enrollees Transitioning to Medicaid; Will Need to Provide Current Address

April, 29, 2016

Baton Rouge, La.—The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is encouraging enrollees of two of its Medicaid programs to update any out-of-date addresses to ensure their transition to full coverage benefits under expanded Medicaid when those services go live on July 1. Enrollees of the Take Charge Plus and Greater New Orleans Community Health Connection programs do not need to apply...

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Travelers Advised to Prevent Zika Virus Infection by Avoiding Mosquito Bites

February, 01, 2016

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health's Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section has issued a public information bulletin about the Zika virus and Zika disease. Zika disease is caused by the Zika virus, which is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika include:fever,rash,joint pain,...

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DHH Releases Mothball Fact Sheet for Childcare Providers

February, 01, 2016

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals’ Section of Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology (SEET) has released a fact sheet on moth balls, a common pesticide and used to control moths, silverfish and other fiber pests in wool and other natural fiber clothing and materials. The fact sheet is aimed at childcare providers, and covers the proper use of mothballs, the risks...

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Dr. Cynthia Suire Honored with Dunbar Award

January, 20, 2016

On Thursday, January 21, the Louisiana Civil Service League will honor twelve state and municipal employees with Dunbar Awards. The award, named after Charles E. Dunbar, co-author of Louisiana’s first civil service law, are presented to workers in classified systems “who have distinguished themselves by service over and above the call of duty.” Dr. Cynthia Suire, the former Supportive...

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New Leadership in Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals

January, 06, 2016

On January 5, 2016, Governor John Bel Edwards named  Dr. Rebekah Gee, the state's former Medicaid Medical Director, as the the new secretary for the Department of Health and Hospitals. In her new position, Dr. Gee brings with her years of experience, education, and training and, as an OB/GYN and the former director of the DHH Birth Outcomes Initiative, a special interest in maternal...

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Louisiana Increases Breastfeeding Support

September, 01, 2015

The Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) is helping hospitals statewide increase access to breastfeeding support and resources for Louisiana mothers. More maternity hospitals than ever before, 82 percent, are participating in The Gift, a DHH breastfeeding quality initiative and designation program. "As the state's health department, our goal is to help educate Louisiana mothers in the...

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Project LAUNCH Mini-Grant Awardees

August, 07, 2015

On June 29, Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health) and the Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center (SWLAHEC) awarded $30,000 in mini-grants to 6 non-profit agencies in Acadiana, as the culmination of an open application process. The $5,000 awards will support projects that advance the mission of Louisiana Launch: to build a system...

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Louisiana Prams Surveillance Reports from 2010 and 2011 are Here

July, 10, 2015

Louisiana Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is an ongoing, population-based risk factor surveillance system designed to describe selected maternal behaviors and experiences that occur before and during pregnancy as well as during a child's early infancy.Louisiana PRAMS Data Provide Information On:Prenatal maternal behaviors and experiences: pregnancy intention, contraceptive use,...

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East Jefferson General Hospital & Tulane-Lakeside Hospital are both “Baby-Friendly”

March, 20, 2015

We are excited to announce that last week, East Jefferson General Hospital and Tulane-Lakeside Hospital achieved the prestigious Baby-Friendly hospital designation by Baby-Friendly, USA, joining Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge, Opelousas General Health System, and Terrebonne General Medical Center. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program of the World Health...

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