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

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.