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...Read More >
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;...Read More >
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...Read More >
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...Read More >
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...Read More >
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,...Read More >
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...Read More >
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....Read More >
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...Read More >
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...Read More >
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