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2017 Reproductive Health Needs Assessment Reveals High Satisfaction with Title X Clinic Services

April, 11, 2017

The Bureau of Family Health’s Reproductive Health Program recently completed their 2017 Reproductive Health Needs Assessment, taking stock of the resources and needs of residents and evaluating the reproductive health services offered through Parish Health Units and contract sites around the state. These services include contraceptive services and supplies, sexually transmitted infection (STI)...

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Louisiana Department of Health Responds to Elevated Lead Levels in St. Joseph Water System

February, 13, 2017

In December 2016, Governor Edwards issued a public health emergency for the Town of St. Joseph, after two samples of water were found to have elevated levels of lead. Further testing was done at all residences and businesses getting water from the St. Joseph Water System, and 36 high risk sites (50 ppb) requiring further intervention were identified.Shortly after the elevated lead levels were...

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Region 7 Community Action Team Honored for Excellence in Serving Children

December, 06, 2016

BFH's Community Action Team (CAT) in northwest Louisiana received the Dr. Donald G. Mack Award in recognition of the team’s “hard work, devotion and commitment to excellence in serving the children of Northwest Louisiana.”  The award is given annually by the Northwest Louisiana Pediatric Society to a non-physician/group that has shown outstanding service to improve the healthcare...

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Louisiana Took Action to Promote Safe Sleep during SIDS Awareness Month

December, 02, 2016

October was SIDS Awareness month, and the Bureau of Family Health’s Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Coordinators used the month as an opportunity to support and promote safe infant sleeping across the state.MCH coordinators worked with local partners to organize activities to increase awareness of safe sleeping practices; provide safe infant sleeping education to providers; help parents...

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Updated safe sleep guidance emphasizes risks of sofa sleeping, importance of room sharing

October, 24, 2016

Most pediatricians know what makes a safe sleep environment for babies. But parents still are attracted to elaborate bedding and plush accessories — all the accoutrements experts say have no place in an infant’s crib. That’s one reason new AAP safe sleep guidelines released today include basic recommendations from the past plus new warnings about increased risk...

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October, 06, 2016

One of our goals at the Bureau of Family Health (BFH) is to keep families safe when disasters hit - like the August floods. Even if families planned ahead for disaster, many were surprised by the speed and severity of these floodwaters and many people were - and in some cases still are - displaced with scant resources.BFH staff and partners worked diligently during and after the floods to...

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Make Sure Your Baby Sleep Safely, Wherever They Sleep

August, 19, 2016

Louisiana Department of Health offers tips on safe sleep, breastfeeding for families displaced by floodsAs families affected by recent floods continue to evacuate their homes, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) offers advice for finding a safe place for babies to sleep.Displaced parents with babies 1 year old or younger may not have been able to evacuate with a standard or portable crib, and...

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Expanded Medicaid Enrollment Reaches 250,000

July, 15, 2016

The Louisiana Department of Health announces the landmark enrollment of 250,000 new adults into Healthy Louisiana, the state’s expanded Medicaid program. Enrollment began on June 1 and coverage started July 1. “250,000 families can sleep more soundly at night knowing their loved ones have coverage,” said Dr. Rebekah Gee, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH). “I'm very...

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Office of Public Health’s Bureau of Family Receives Two Important Grants

July, 12, 2016

The Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health's Bureau of Family Health has been awarded two federal grants, one to help prevent common injuries and another to help foster successful early childhood development.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control awarded the first grant to help the Bureau of Family Health...

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Louisiana State Child Death Review Panel Supports Water Safety Awareness

June, 07, 2016

May 2016 was National Water Safety Month, and the Louisiana State Child Death Review (CDR) Panel used last month as an opportunity to make drowning prevention education a priority for spring and summer 2016.Louisiana has the 3rd highest drowning rate in the U. S.,behind only Alaska and Hawaii. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury death for Louisiana children ages 1-4 years old...

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