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Louisiana

Key Contact for Louisiana

Louisiana Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Healthcare Access

Phone: 225.342.9513
Email: wellahead@la.gov

Works to improve the health status of Louisiana residents in rural and underserved areas by building community health systems' capacity to provide integrated, efficient, and effective health care services. A bureau of the Louisiana Department of Health Office of Public Health housing the State Office of Rural Health. Known locally as Well-Ahead Louisiana.
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Louisiana Nonmetro Population

4,664,616
Estimated population
740,672 (15.9%)
People living in nonmetro areas
Source: U.S. Census ACS 2020 estimate

Louisiana Rural Healthcare Facilities

27
Critical Access Hospitals
213
Rural Health Clinics
97
Federally Qualified Health Centers*
34
Short Term/PPS Hospitals*
*Sites located outside of Urbanized Areas according to data.HRSA.gov. July 2022.

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Louisiana

8.5% of Louisiana residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2021). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Louisiana residents in 2020 was $50,874, with the rural per capita income at $42,597. The ERS reports, based on 2020 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Louisiana is 21.6%, compared with 17.1% in urban areas of the state. 18.7% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 13.3% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2016-2020 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Louisiana is 5.4%, while in urban Louisiana, it is 5.5% (USDA-ERS, 2021).

For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.


Data Sources
Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets;

Contacts

There are more organizations related to Louisiana in the organizations section.


Last Reviewed: 10/28/2021