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About 3,500 Babies in the US are Lost to Sleep-Related Deaths Each Year

CDC Vital Signs report signals need for more caregivers to follow safe-sleep practices There are about 3,500 sleep-related deaths among U.S. babies each year, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), accidental suffocation, and deaths from unknown causes. In the 1990s, there were sharp declines in sleep-related deaths following the...

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Louisiana Department of Health Reports Widespread Flu Activity throughout the State

Department of Health Offers Tips to Minimize the Spread of the Flu Louisiana is seeing widespread and early flu activity. According to the CDC, Louisiana is among the states with the highest confirmed illness through symptoms and laboratory surveillance. “In more severe seasons, the flu causes approximately 700 deaths...

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Get Covered: Open Enrollment for Health Insurance is Happening NOW

The Health Insurance Marketplace is open for business! From November 1 – December 15, 2017, you can apply for new 2018 health insurance — or you can renew, change or update your current health plan for 2018. Important dates November 1, 2017: Open Enrollment starts – first day to...

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Educational Activities Planned Statewide for Lead Poisoning Prevention Week in Louisiana

Today is the first day of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (October 22-28, 2017), and Louisiana has big things planned! Every October, National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week raises awareness about lead poisoning and its effects on children. The Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health’s Healthy Homes and...

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Cross-Sector Collaboration Improves Infant Mortality Surveillance in Central Louisiana

The Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health’s Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Coordinators and MIECHV (Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting) program staff hold regional, quarterly Community Advisory and Action Team (CAAT) meetings with stakeholders and families to employ innovative and best practices to promote...

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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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