Reducing Health Disparities in Louisiana

Improving Access to Primary Care For Louisiana Residents

In Louisiana, we take pride in the rich heritage and varied communities across our state, but 86% of our residents live in a health professional shortage area. These are geographic areas, populations and facilities with limited primary care, dental health and mental health providers and services. Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) and Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/P) Designations are used to prioritize and focus resources to help meet the unique health care needs in Louisiana.

The Well-Ahead Louisiana Primary Care Office (LPCO) proactively works to build the capacity of community health systems to provide integrated primary care, behavioral health, and dental healthcare services to reduce health disparities in the state. The LPCO works with various stakeholders to support effective healthcare organizations, high quality clinical practices, and the recruitment and retention of healthcare providers. Through its work with organizations across Louisiana, the Primary Care Office is committed to developing strong community partnerships and integrated primary healthcare services to reduce health disparities in the State.

Calling Louisiana Home?

Our food, music, festivals, history and most importantly, our people make Louisiana one-of-a-kind. With an eclectic blend of arts and music venues, more than 400 festivals held annually, an environment known as a “Sportsman’s Paradise” and numerous opportunities to enjoy the scenic outdoors, Louisiana residents benefit from the state’s unique quality of life. We also enjoy a low cost of living, with affordable housing and low utility rates, a strong economy and increasing job growth across multiple industries. All these reasons and more make Louisiana a great place to call home.

Healthcare Workforce Recruitment and Retention

Improving Recruitment and Retention of Healthcare Providers in Rural Louisiana

We are committed to working with our rural and underserved community’s hospitals, clinics and providers to improve local workforce recruitment and retention. For Louisiana healthcare employers, providers, and students there are a number of recruitment and retention programs available to help expand healthcare in rural and medically underserved areas across Louisiana.