Be a Leader for HEart Health

Heart disease and stroke are two of the top causes of death in Louisiana, and nearly 30 residents die every day of heart disease in our state. It is the No. 1 killer of women, yet less than 20% of women consider it to be the greatest health problem in the United States.  Focusing on the fight against heart disease and stroke is one of the best ways you can make a difference in your community. Join us in being a leader for heart health! 

Whether you’re a teacher, healthcare provider, pastor, or business owner, you can make a difference in your community. 

    Move Your Workplace to WellSpot

 

WellSpots are spaces and places throughout our state that make the healthy choice the easy choice to help their communities live well. WellSpots meet heart healthy benchmarks like going tobacco-free, offering heart healthy menu options, or promoting heart health self-assessment tools. Whether your workplace is a school, child care center, college/university, worksite, hospital, healthcare facility, restaurant or faith-based organization, you can become a WellSpot! Click here to learn how to become a WellSpot.  

 

   Implement Target: BP in Your Healthcare Organization 

 

 

Incorporating blood pressure screenings into patient visits can help them understand their risk for cardiovascular disease. If you work in healthcare, you can be a leader for heart health by establishing a standardized protocol for screening patients for high blood pressure. Implementing Target: BP can help your healthcare organization improve blood pressure control rates. Click here to learn about Target: BP.  

    Create Healthier Communities

Local data is a powerful tool when working to create healthier communities. Data can help you understand the health-related opportunities and challenges within our state's neighborhoods. Data can also be used to tell a story about our most vulnerable communities. These stories help to identify gaps within communities and determine where community-based health resources are needed most. Listed below are resources that help to tell Louisiana's story using data.  

Special Thanks to Our Rural Heart Health Learning Collaborative Partners! 

Over 10,000 Louisiana residents die from heart disease each year. Many of these deaths and the morbidity associated with heart disease are directly related to modifiable risk factors including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, tobacco use and other factors. The impact of these risk factors are compounded in rural communities where there are also shortage of access to care and where a high percentage of residents live at or below federal poverty level.

An opportunity provided by Governor John Bel Edwards and the National Governor's Association Center for Best Practices Health Division aligned a group of key stakeholders to create and implement action plans to reduce rates of modifiable risk factors for heart disease in Louisiana, including parishes in the Delta Region which have some of the worst health indicators in the state and nation overall. 

Resources housed on this webpage and within the partners' websites listed below are intended to support rural health communities and all Louisiana leaders. For more information, contact the state's Rural Heart Health Learning Collaborative team by emailing wellahead@la.gov.

                                            

Specific thanks to Representative Hoffman and Representative Miller for their support.