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Addressing Social Determinants of Health: Louisiana Health Centers' Current Strengths & New Opportunities

Addressing Social Determinants of Health: Louisiana Health Centers' Current Strengths & New Opportunities

Feb 3, 2020 By Kristina Wharton

A healthier Louisiana depends upon improving “upstream” factors that impact health by expanding the scope of health care to include addressing social determinants of health (SDOH). Looking through this lens, we recognize that where we live and work – our access to affordable and stable homes, healthy food,  quality schools, reliable transportation – make a difference in our opportunities to thrive, and how ultimate...

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Meeting the Health Needs of Louisiana's Rural Communities: Challenges & Opportunities

Meeting the Health Needs of Louisiana's Rural Communities: Challenges & Opportunities

Dec 11, 2019 By Stacy Fontenot

There is no place like Louisiana.  From beautiful natural scenery and abundant resources, to world-class food, fun, and culture, our state is blessed beyond belief.  The key ingredient to the uniqueness of our state is the quality of the people who call it home.  From Caddo to Plaquemines Parish and every community in between, the heart and soul of Louisiana is on full display in the small communities that make up rural Louisian...

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With a Strong Foundation, Louisiana's Community Health Centers Prepare for the Future

With a Strong Foundation, Louisiana's Community Health Centers Prepare for the Future

Nov 1, 2019 By Dr. Shondra G. Williams

WORLDWIND, EXCITING, AN ART, HUMBLING, AND GRATITUDE- These are just some of the words that come to mind when I think about the past two years I've spent as LPCA Board President. Together, we have worked hard to enhance the lives of our clients, improve the health of our state, and create vibrant communities. I had the opportunity to meet many of you and the one thing that I find amazing is that there is a central theme of passion exuded i...

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Louisiana Primary Care Association: Trusted Partners, Trusted Leaders in Louisiana's Health

Louisiana Primary Care Association: Trusted Partners, Trusted Leaders in Louisiana's Health

Oct 1, 2019 By Jamie Schlottman

As Louisiana’s largest Medicaid health plan with more than 450,000 members across the state, we know firsthand that families need more than quality healthcare to build healthy lives. They also need access to patient-centric services and programs that address critical socioeconomic factors like safe housing, food insecurity and education. At Louisiana Healthcare Connections, we know that successful strategies to address these social deter...

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Data Collection & Processing: The Oil That Keeps Our Community Health Center Network Running

Data Collection & Processing: The Oil That Keeps Our Community Health Center Network Running

Sep 4, 2019 By Michael Rivers

“Data" is a word that permeates everything we do these days. Our phones and TVs, advertisements we see, work we do, and cars we drive all use and produce data.  With our nearly unfettered access to all the world’s knowledge, history, and news, data is the hallmark of our current Information Age. The 20th century’s discoveries, innovations, growth, and wars were fueled by a powerful raw material: crude oil.  ...

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Here We Go Again: Using the Power of Advocacy to Avoid Another Health Center Funding Cliff

Here We Go Again: Using the Power of Advocacy to Avoid Another Health Center Funding Cliff

Aug 1, 2019 By Ryan Sinitiere

We are only days away from the start of National Health Center Week 2019!   I speak on behalf of the entire team here at the Louisiana Primary Care Association when I tell you that we are so proud to work on behalf of Louisiana’s Community Health Centers. National Health Center Week is an annual celebration that allows us to focus on YOU, the men and women who passionately provide healthcare services to 426,000 of our family...

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