Provider Education Network

Providers, of all kinds, have a great opportunity to encourage prevention and management of chronic conditions among Louisiana residents. Through the Well-Ahead Provider Education Network, our team promotes evidence-based, effective health system quality improvement processes and team-based care to assist in preventing and managing diseases like diabetes, obesity, hypertension, even tobacco use. Well-Ahead Louisiana works to expand the access to clinical and community practices that prevent and improve the management of chronic disease. Stay up to date on the latest in healthcare by subscribing to the Provider Education Network below.  

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Developing optimal treatment plans for patients with type 2 diabetes 

In the last decade, type 2 diabetes treatments have evolved and improved tremendously.  This webinar will provide an overview of the different classes of diabetes medications, with a detailed discussion of oral and non-insulin injectable medications.  In this webinar, you will:

  • Learn how type 2 diabetes medications work.
  • Learn the pros and cons of the available medications.
  • Learn how to integrate each medication into an effective treatment strategy for your patients.

To register for this event, please click here.

For more information, email Courtney Banks-Turner at Courtney.Banks-Turner@la.gov.

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The Brief Tobacco Intervention Online Training

Did you know? Tobacco quit rates increase when health care providers consistently identify and treat tobacco use.  Cessation advice from healthcare providers is effective and should be offered to every patient. Learn how you can make tobacco use screening and cessation service referral a standard of care among your healthcare team. In this online training, you will:

  • Learn three simple steps that help you effectively talk to your patients about tobacco in less than three minutes. 
  • Learn about effective, evidence-based cessation treatments available in Louisiana - including individual, group and telephone counseling, and seven FDA approved medications.
    • Learn about Medicaid cessation benefits here
  • Earn continuing education units in less than an hour!

Email Kristen Hernandez at Kristen.Hernandez@la.gov to be notified when this training becomes available.

Webinar Archives

Population Health Analytics

Today, there is more data available to healthcare providers and organizations than ever before. Furthermore, the ongoing transition to value-based care requires providers and healthcare organizations to understand their populations and improve outcomes as efficiently as possible. Unfortunately, taking all the available data and turning it into actionable information can be a challenge. This webinar discusses strategies and tools to support Population Health Analytics, and how to leverage this information to improve health outcomes. Click here to review the webinar

A Provider's Guide to Fluoride Varnish Applications

Tooth decay is the most common preventable childhood disease. In children ages 6 to 11 years old, it is ­­­five times more common than asthma and four times ­­­more common than obesity. ­­­ Medical providers are the first line of defense against illness and disease in our children. You can, and should, play a role in keeping your patients’ smi­­­­les h­­­­ealthy. Applying fluoride varnish during routine well visits is becoming a standard of care in pediatrics nationwide. From a very early age, it provides the most effective protection against tooth decay for children 6 months to 5 years old.

This webinar, led by a panel of medical and dental providers of the Louisiana Oral Health Coalition, provides valuable information on becoming Smiles For Life certified to apply fluoride varnish.

A healthy child is a happy child. When medical providers incorporate preventive dental services at well visits, their smiles can be healthy, too. Click here to review the presentation.

Expanding Oral Health Services in Louisiana Health Centers

A healthy smile has an immense impact on one's overall health. This is especially concerning in rural areas, as well as some urban areas, where preventive dental care is more difficult to access. In July 2016, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded nearly $156 million in funding to support 420 health centers across 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Louisiana received 12 awards totaling $4,311,433 to increase access to preventive oral health services and improve patient care outcomes at these health centers. 

Well-Ahead Louisiana is proud of the great strides health centers in our state have taken to reduce barriers to quality oral health care for underserved populations. In this webinar, Dr. Douglass Cross, Dr. Pamela Daniel and Traechel A. McCoy share their successes, challenges and recommendations for incorporating dental services into health centers. This webinar was a production of Well-Ahead Louisiana, the Louisiana Oral Health Coalition, CareSouth Incorporated, EXCELth Incorporated, and the Open Health Care Clinic. Information provides a roadmap to expanding dental care in health centers across the state.

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