2019 Health Summit Focuses on Solutions to Improve Louisiana’s Low Health Ranking

On Apr. 2, public health professionals and individuals invested in the well-being of Louisianans will gather at Pennington Biomedical Conference Center for the 2019 Health Summit: Working Together for Louisiana’s Children and Families. Local, state, and nationally recognized public health professionals will lead discussions on healthcare obstacles facing children and families in Louisiana, as well as help attendees develop plans on how to bring about changes in policy and practices which will better the quality of life in Louisiana.  

“Louisiana has a history of struggling with wellness. Recent health reports have listed Louisiana’s as the least healthy state, despite Medicaid expansion and additional developments,” said Alma Stewart, summit organizer and Louisiana Center for Health Equity founder/president. “We hope to lead the way for meaningful discussion on underlying issues that will lead to changes in improving the health of children by investing in the employability of parents, promoting healthy living in the classroom, and other ways that help the health of  children and families.”

Tricia Brooks, associate research professor and senior fellow at the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF), will serve as the summit’s keynote speaker. Brooks is also a national known expert on Medicaid and CHIP. Additional speakers include Gov. John Bel Edwards; Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health, Dr. Rebekah Gee.; Louisiana Department of Health-Office of Public Health Assistant Secretary Dr. Alexander Billioux; Secretary, Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, Marketa Walters; and several public health experts from across the state. 

The summit was organized via the Louisiana Center for Health Equity in collaboration with the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health, and Pennington Biomedical Research Center.