Family Healthcare of Loranger Embraces Telehealth to Increase Patient Access

Family Healthcare of Loranger Embraces Telehealth to Increase Patient Access

Family Healthcare, a Rural Health Clinic, is one of the rural practices that have embraced telehealth to increase patient access to care since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Family Healthcare is located in Loranger, a small, rural town in Tangipahoa Parish. Though there are only 7,200 residents, they have high rates of chronic diseases, …

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Iberia Parish School District Confronts COVID-19 Challenges Head-on

Iberia Parish School District Confronts COVID-19 Challenges Head-on

The Iberia Parish School District officials focused on the health of the whole child while facing the challenges of COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year. District Superintendent Carey Laviolette, Assistant Superintendent of Administration Jennifer Joseph and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Heath Hulin have worked together in their respective positions for the past three …

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First School-based Dental Sealant Clinic Held Since COVID-19 Outbreak

First School-based Dental Sealant Clinic Held Since COVID-19 Outbreak

Students at Ebarb School in Sabine Parish were the first to receive dental sealants in more than a year through Well-Ahead Louisiana’s Louisiana Seals Smiles program, in partnership with the Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center (SWLAHEC)’s AHEC of a Smile program. Well-Ahead’s replicable Louisiana Seals Smiles program supports the delivery of dental sealants in …

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Water Systems Across the State are Recognized for Fluoridation Quality

Water Systems Across the State are Recognized for Fluoridation Quality

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave its Water Fluoridation Quality Award to 23 water systems in Louisiana, who are taking the lead for better oral health care in their communities! The Quality Award recognizes communities that achieved excellence in Community Water Fluoridation by maintaining a consistent level of fluoridated water throughout the year. …

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Farewell to Tracie Ingram, Division Manager for Rural Health Advancement

Farewell to Tracie Ingram, Division Manager for Rural Health Advancement

Thank You for 30 Years of Service Tracie Ingram, Division Manager for Rural Health Advancement for Well-Ahead Louisiana, has worked for Louisiana Department of Health for 30 years, serving as State Rural Health Officer since 2009. Throughout her career, she has been instrumental in improving access to healthcare for all Louisiana residents. As part of …

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Healthy Schools Academy Teaches how to Build a Healthier School Environment

Healthy Schools Academy Teaches how to Build a Healthier School Environment

In October 2020, Well-Ahead Louisiana and the Louisiana Department of Education hosted the Healthy Schools Academy, a virtual professional development opportunity dedicated to improving student health and academic achievement. The event featured expert speakers from Children’s Hospital New Orleans, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), and the Healthy …

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Northeast Children’s Coalition Encourages Child Care Centers to Become WellSpots

Northeast Children’s Coalition Encourages Child Care Centers to Become WellSpots

The Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana knows that investing early in the health and development of Louisiana’s children results in much better development later, and that’s one of the reasons they are proud to be a WellSpot. “The childhood obesity problem in Louisiana is critical,” said then-executive director of the Coalition Lynn Clark. “It falls …

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