October 21st, 2014
Joseph Kimbrell, CEO of the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) was recently interviewed by the Healthcare Journal of New Orleans for its One-on-One feature. Below is an excerpt. Click here to read the full story.
“Joseph Kimbrell began his public health career working for the New Orleans City Health Department and later served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Office of Public Health from 1979 to 2000. He has a Master of Arts degree in History from Notre Dame Seminary and a Masters in Social Work from Tulane University.
Chief Editor Smith W. Hartley: What is the Louisiana Public Health Institute and how did it get started?
Joe Kimbrell: Eric Baumgartner, our Director of Policy and Program Development, and I were both at the Office of Public Health at the State and wanted to find a more nimble vehicle to do population health from a public/private partnership perspective without some of those encumberments that you find in government, in particular, but also sometimes in your academic community. The idea was to be more neutral and nimble, be able to make things happen quickly, and to be an innovative force. We established LPHI in 1997. At that time I was still at the state health department and we had a part time CEO for a few years, and then I became the full-time CEO in 2000, when I retired from state government. We are one of about 39 similar institutes around the country. It gives us that network nationally to try to keep current on the business. “
October 13th, 2014
Sam’s Club has sent out an advisory over their baby wipes.
According to an e-mail they sent out to consumers who had purchased Simply Right baby wipes, the supplier of those wipes, are warning about a possible bacterial contamination.
This affects Simply Right branded baby wipes offered for sale beginning June 30 of this year.
According to the CDC, this bacteria poses little medical risk to healthy people. However, people who have certain health problems can be affected.
Sam’s club has directed all clubs to remove the products from the shelves. They are asking anyone who purchased the wipes to stop using them and return the rest of the product to Sam’s Club for a full refund.
September 26th, 2014
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) recently announced 35 total WellSpots across the state. WellSpots are places and spaces that have made sustainable changes to make it easier for Louisiana residents aimed at improving health outcomes. The Department also announced the launch of a new website at WellAheadLa.com that makes it easy for users to find WellSpots in their community.
Of the 35 current WellSpots, the Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge is the first hospital to receive a Level One designation, which is the highest level. Xavier University in New Orleans was the first university to receive the WellSpot designation, followed by the Our Lady of the Lake College. The full list of WellSpots is available below and all are searchable on the new website.
September 15th, 2014
Thirty Louisiana health agencies have been awarded $6.6 million in federal dollars to expand primary care services in neighborhoods.
The funding is part of $295 million awarded to health centers nationally under the terms of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, also known as Obamacare.
Grantees include seven agencies in New Orleans, two in Jefferson Parish and two in Baton Rouge. Among the health centers getting the money in the New Orleans area will be those run by Daughters of Charity, Excelth Inc., Common Ground Health Clinic, MQV Community Development Corp., New Orleans AIDS Task Force and St. Thomas Community Health Center. The City of New Orleans and Jefferson Parish have awardees, as well as Jefferson Community Health Care Centers in Westwego.
Click here to read the full story from NOLA.com/Times-Picayune.
August 15th, 2014
If you need more incentive to exercise more and eat better, consider the results of two comprehensive new studies that found that an active and healthy lifestyle may be critical in helping to keep the brain healthy in old age. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, keeping weight down, not smoking and moderating alcohol consumption were all linked to a lower risk of dementia. And in those with dementia, exercise improved memory and helped people stay independent longer, a rigorous review of past studies found.
August 5th, 2014
“Six people in Louisiana have been diagnosed with chikungunya virus, most in the Greater New Orleans area.
State epidemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard said each of the six cases — four in Jefferson Parish, one in Orleans Parish and one in Tangipahoa Parish — were contracted while the individuals were traveling in the Caribbean.
Like West Nile virus, chikungunya virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. Though it is not usually deadly, people who are infected with chikungunya usually develop fever and joint pain as well as headaches and sometimes a rash. There is no vaccine to prevent it.”
July 25th, 2014
The Louisiana Public Health Institute has been designated as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace by the Mary Amelia Douglas-Whited Community Women’s Health Center and the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition. LPHI received this designation because it provides time, space, and support for employees who breastfeed or pump milk to feed their babies.
Businesses that support employees who are breastfeeding have lower health care costs, lower turnover, higher productivity and morale, and positive public image in their communities. To qualify as Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace, workplaces must offer:
- reasonable break time for working mothers to pump breast milk each time they need to throughout the day;
- one or more permanent breastfeeding rooms, or a clean, private, and safe space with an outlet, other than a toilet stall that mothers can use for lactation when needed;
- a working sink near the breastfeeding location where mothers can clean pumping equipment;
- and lactation support communicated to all current and future employees.
The Mary Amelia Center recognizes businesses as Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplaces to honor the work that family-friendly businesses are doing to support the health and well-being of women and children in our community.
For more information about LPHI or employment opportunities, click here.
A new Commonwealth Fund survey finds that in the wake of the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment period, significantly fewer working-age adults are uninsured than just before the sign-up period began, and many have used their new coverage to obtain needed care.
The uninsured rate for people ages 19 to 64 declined from 20 percent in the July-to-September 2013 period to 15 percent in the April-to-June 2014 period. An estimated 9.5 million fewer adults were uninsured. Young men and women drove a large part of the decline: the uninsured rate for 19-to-34-year-olds declined from 28 percent to 18 percent, with an estimated 5.7 million fewer young adults uninsured. By June, 60 percent of adults with new coverage through the marketplaces or Medicaid reported they had visited a doctor or hospital or filled a prescription; of these, 62 percent said they could not have accessed or afforded this care previously.
Click here to read the full article and view the Infographic.
June 12th, 2014
Men can make their health a priority. Take daily steps to be healthier and stronger. This week is National Men’s Health Week, June 9-15, 2014. There are many easy things you can do every day to improve your health and stay healthy, including:
- Getting enough sleep
- Quitting tobacco
- Moving more
- Eating healthier
- Taming stress
- Seeing your doctor
Click here to learn more about Men’s Health Week.
June 6th, 2014
The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living, a program of LPHI and LCRC, is currently working with grantees to host a series of statewide town halls where youth are sharing the results of their research on tobacco advertising. Check out this video produced by the Region 8 grantee in Jonesboro featuring students from the local Defy the Lies team.
Click here to see the video.