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Louisiana Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Celebrates National Healthy Homes Month

June is National Healthy Homes Month! The Louisiana Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (LHHCLPPP) is working to ensure low-income families have healthy and lead-safe homes. LHHCLPPP does this by: – Working with physicians, nurses, WIC clinics, and other healthcare service providers to increase blood lead level...

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March of Dimes Community Grants Available

March of Dimes-Louisiana has released their Request for Proposals for their community grant program. The Louisiana Community Grants Program is designed to invest in priority projects that further the March of Dimes mission, support campaign objectives, and further their strategic goal of promoting equity in birth outcomes. See the...

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Celebrate National Minority Health Month!

April is National Minority Health Month! Organized by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health, National Minority Health Month seeks to raise awareness about racial and ethnic health disparities, and celebrate the work that is being done to eliminate these disparities and advance health equity....

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FDA Statement on Findings from Ongoing Investigation into Magellan Diagnostics Lead Test Issues

Update from The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on findings from ongoing investigation into the Magellan Diagnostics LeadCare Testing lead testing issues. Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated the Magellan Diagnostics LeadCare Testing Systems webpage, and released a statement from FDA’s Donald St. Pierre on findings from ongoing investigation...

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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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