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Long Live Louisiana Grandparents: Preventing Falls among Older Adults

Grandparents are a cornerstone of Louisiana families. They play a key role in their grandchildren’s growth and development and can serve as an essential source of wisdom and experience for new parents. But grandparents don’t always just play a helping role – in Louisiana and across the United States,...

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Suicide Prevention Training Programs Available in Louisiana

September is national Suicide Prevention Month, though the Louisiana Department of Health is committed to reducing and preventing suicides throughout the year. Healthcare professionals, mental health providers, professional caregivers, and the general public can all play a role in preventing suicide. Trainings are available to help each of these...

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Hurricane and Flooding Resources for Families

EMERGENCY & DISASTER RECOVERY RESOURCES Sheltering: Find a shelter or and locate lost loved ones: Red Cross Shelter locator FEMA assistance: Register for FEMA Assistance online or call 1-800-621-FEMA. Food assistance: If a family or individual thinks that their household could be impacted by damages or lost wages due...

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BFH Leads Collaborative Efforts to Improve Early Childhood Systems

In the beginning of May, the Bureau of Family Health’s (BFH) developmental screening program convened key stakeholders in New Orleans and Lafayette to map out current practices and identify gaps in Louisiana’s developmental screening and early intervention systems for children. A total of 76 attendees consisted of on-the-ground developmental...

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

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...

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Region 7 Community Action Team Honored for Excellence in Serving Children

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...

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Louisiana Took Action to Promote Safe Sleep during SIDS Awareness Month

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;...

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

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...

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AUGUST FLOODS MET WITH STRONG BFH RESPONSE

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...

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Make Sure Your Baby Sleep Safely, Wherever They Sleep

Louisiana Department of Health offers tips on safe sleep, breastfeeding for families displaced by floods As 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...

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