Water systems across the state recognized for fluoridation quality

Water systems across the state 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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CATCH helps preschoolers catch on to fun physical activity!

CATCH helps preschoolers catch on to fun physical activity!

Between August 2019 and July 2020, Well-Ahead Louisiana piloted a cohort of child care centers to train and implement their staff in the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) program. By uniting multiple players in a child’s life to create a community of health, CATCH is proven to prevent childhood obesity and is supported by …

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Louisiana selected to be part of National Association of Chronic Disease Directors’ Employer Coverage Learning Collaborative

Louisiana selected to be part of National Association of Chronic Disease Directors’ Employer Coverage Learning Collaborative

In October 2019, Louisiana was one of six states selected by the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) to be a part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) Employer Coverage Learning Collaborative. This cohort pilot opportunity was made available to a limited number of employers that expressed interest in, and readiness to, …

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Lafayette and Calcasieu parish schools find new ways to move students’ health forward

Lafayette and Calcasieu parish schools find new ways to move students’ health forward

Well-Ahead Louisiana and the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) have partnered to form Louisiana Healthy Schools and work alongside school systems on ways to improve student health and academic achievement through nutrition, physical activity and management of students’ chronic health conditions. The Lafayette Parish School System worked with Louisiana Healthy Schools to identify the system’s …

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