Well-Ahead empowers leaders in key organizations across the state to take an active role in the fight against heart disease in our communities. By making healthy living easy and accessible to residents at risk for or living with cardiovascular diseases, we can move Louisiana’s health forward.

Smart Changes Can Make a Difference

Improve Heart Disease Outcomes in Louisiana

Family, food and fun makes life in Louisiana hard to beat. And our lifestyle has a big impact on our overall health. Health risk behaviors like poor diet, physical inactivity and tobacco use, as well as limited access to healthcare, cause our state to lead the nation in statistics for chronic diseases like heart disease. By making smart changes in areas like diet and physical activity; however, that can change for the better. Well-Ahead is committed to making it easy and accessible for all residents to live a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Heart disease is the

#1

killer in Louisiana, responsible for 25% of all deaths in the state in 2017¹

40%

of Louisiana residents have high blood pressure²

37.6%

of Louisiana residents have high cholesterol²

Stroke is the

#5

killer in Louisiana, responsible for 5% of all deaths in the state in 2017¹


Building Connections

Prevent and Manage Heart Disease in Louisiana

If we want to have the greatest health impact possible in our communities, we must work together. Everyone has a role to play in reducing the burden of heart disease in our state. We work to ensure our residents have access to quality health services for heart disease management and prevention by training and educating healthcare professionals on best practices and building connections between the community and clinical sector. Organization leaders in our communities can also build environments that encourage healthy habits that help prevent and manage heart disease where our residents live, work, learn, play and pray.

By focusing on connecting community organizations to evidence-based resources, we can empower leaders to implement healthy policy, systems and environmental changes and ensure access to quality health services.

Citations

1 CDC, WISQARS Leading Cause of Death Reports, 2017. https://www.heart.org/-/media/files/about-us/policy-research/fact-sheets/quality-systems-of-care/quality-systems-of-care-louisiana.pdf?la=en https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr68/nvsr68_09-508.pdf

2 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2019.


Success Stories


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Well-Ahead Louisiana’s Population Health Cohort Gets a Shout Out from the American Heart Association

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