Louisiana Obesity and Diabetes Collaborative

Improving Obesity and Diabetes Outcomes

Louisiana Obesity and Diabetes Collaborative Mission

The Louisiana Obesity and Diabetes Collaborative is a group of dedicated individuals working to improve health outcomes related to obesity and diabetes through advocacy work, including increasing health literacy, connecting patients to programs and services, and increasing awareness of prediabetes and diabetes. The Collaborative works to make a meaningful impact through a coordinated effort of obesity and diabetes prevention, management and policy change.

The Collaborative is comprised of three work groups:

Access Work Group

Ensuring the community-clinical linkages are in place to improve overall access to diabetes and obesity resources.

Awareness/Education Work Group

Prevent and manage obesity and diabetes by increasing awareness, education and resources for the community.

Payor/Policy Work Group

Identify realistic reform to combat obesity and diabetes in Louisiana.

Quarterly meetings are held throughout the year with each meeting focusing on a specific topic to educate and inform partners on obesity and diabetes prevention and treatment strategies.

To join the Louisiana Obesity and Diabetes Collaborative, email your interest to LAObesityCommission@la.gov.

Previous Quarterly Meetings

September 29, 2021

This meeting focused on childhood obesity awareness month by emphasizing the importance of prevention, education, and treatment. Dr. Katie Queen with Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health At Our Lady of the Angels, Bogalusa and Dr. Marcella Houser with LSU Health Sciences Center at Tiger Care Pediatrics, New Orleans discussed the Louisiana American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Childhood Obesity and Nutrition, including the history of the committee, where to access pediatric obesity care, September’s Childhood Obesity Awareness Campaign, future collaboration ideas, and how to get involved! Dr. Courtney Walker, Medical Account Director, Novo Nordisk, highlighted the impact of obesity as a disease and how treatment can work to improve outcomes, as well as the realm of pediatric obesity and how treatment can work to improve pediatric patient outcomes. Kim Elston, Executive Regional Account Manager, Novo Nordisk, reviewed SaxendaCares and the SaxendaTogether program. Click here to access the recorded presentation.

June 24, 2021

This meeting focused on combating obesity and diabetes in our state through legislative updates presented by Bonnie Hymel, Director of Institutional Relations with Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC). Dr. Amanda Staiano, Associate Professor and Director of Pediatric Obesity and Health Behavior Laboratory at PBRC then presented on “Obecity, USA,” a public health advocacy campaign developed to address the nation’s growing obesity epidemic head-on, as well as the TEAM UP study, which is testing family-based weight management strategies delivered by doctors, nurses, dietitians, and health coaches in primary care settings throughout Louisiana. Click here to access the recorded presentation.

March 19, 2021

In coordination with National Nutrition Month, this meeting focused on addressing health disparities through community nutrition and lifestyle programs. We were joined by three speakers, Kira Davidson (Rapides Foundation), Jordan Ring (MLK Health Center and Pharmacy), and Helen Woo (Sankofa). They highlighted activities, programs, and resources centered on food access, healthy eating, and behavior changes. Click here to access the recorded presentation.

December 11, 2020

Dr. Robert Delarosa, DDS presented Pediatric Oral Health and Obesity: Preventive Collaboration. Dr. Eric Griggs, Community Medicine Director at Access Health Louisiana in New Orleans, provided guidance on improving health equity for our state’s residents. Click here to access the recorded presentation.

September 25, 2020

Dr. Courtney Walker from NovoNordisk provided Updates on COVID-19 and Diabetes and Obesity and Michael Bertaut of BCBSLA presented Health Insurance Changes During The Era Of Covid-19, and Tasha Bergeron from BCBSLA presented “BCBS Population Health Management and Diabetes Coverage. Click here to access the recorded presentation.

May 4, 2020

Dr. Courtney Walker, along with Novo Nordisk, discussed COVID-19 as it correlates to obesity and diabetes. The presentation also shared research insights from Dr. Steven Heymsfield, with Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Click here to access the recorded presentation.

March 5, 2020

Coretta LaGarde, from the American Heart Association, presented on Advancing Million Hearts: American Heart Association and Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Partners working together in Louisiana. Click here to access the recorded presentation.