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Louisiana Resources

Implementing Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change Through Community Coalitions and Extension Partnerships to Address Obesity in Rural Louisiana
Program evaluation brief describing obesity prevention programs implemented by community coalitions in 3 rural parishes with obesity rates of 40% or higher. Examines implications for public health.
Author(s): Denise Holston, Jessica Stroope, Melissa Cater, Michelle Kendall, Stephanie Broyles
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
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Making a Difference for Generations to Come: School-Based Oral Healthcare in Louisiana
Features a Louisiana Federally Qualified Health Center that offers primary care oral health assessment and fluoride varnishes in school-based health centers. Discusses the impact that access to childhood oral health services may have into adulthood.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Louisiana
Shows the state's Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), as well as Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) sites located outside of urbanized areas.
Date: 10/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Effective Communication and Consistency in Increasing Rural Vaccination Rates
Discusses barriers to vaccination in rural areas and strategies to improve vaccination rates. Features efforts in a Louisiana Rural Health Clinic (RHC) and in rural Kentucky high schools that are increasing vaccination rates.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Opportunities and Challenges Addressing Access to Healthy Food in Five Rural Louisiana Food Stores
Results of a rural food store intervention implemented in 3 Louisiana parishes where obesity prevalence was greater than 40%. Describes implications for public health and offers recommendations for future interventions.
Author(s): Michelle Kendall, Stephanie T. Broyles, Jamila Freightman, Melissa Cater, Denise Holston
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
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Primary Care HPSAs
Identifies Louisiana's Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas for geographic and low-income populations with a parish-by-parish map.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organizations: Louisiana Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health, Well-Ahead Louisiana
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Mental Health HPSAs
Identifies Louisiana's Mental Health Professional Shortage Area designations for geographic and low-income populations with a parish-by-parish map.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organizations: Louisiana Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health, Well-Ahead Louisiana
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2018 Louisiana Health Report Card
Provides detailed health data by parish for Louisiana. Covers cancer incidence, suicides, the opioid epidemic, infectious diseases, low birthweights and infant deaths, top causes of death, and more.
Author(s): Rebekah Gee, Alexander Billioux
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Louisiana Department of Health
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Oral Health: Targeting Rural Areas
Compiles articles from a special issue of the Texas Public Health Journal focusing on rural oral health in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. Covers emergency department use in Texas for oral health needs in rural versus urban counties, geriatric oral health and workforce options such as teledentistry, a Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment project under a state waiver targeting rural communities, partnerships to reach underserved areas and pregnant women, and oral health initiatives in Louisiana and Oklahoma.
Citation: Texas Public Health Journal, 71(2), 2-16
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Public Health Association
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Substance Use Disorder Treatment Policy Recommendations for the State of Louisiana: Final Report - March 2019
Assessment to inform recommendations for the state of Louisiana on timely, comprehensive, evidence-based, and sustainable treatment for opioid use disorder. Includes 8 recommendations, and discusses challenges in rural areas, such as high overdose rates, provider shortages, and lack of access to buprenorphine.
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Charitable Trusts
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Louisiana Dental HPSAs
A map of Louisiana displaying Dental Health Professional Shortage area (HPSA) Designations for geographic and low income populations by county.
Date: 03/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Louisiana Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health
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New SASI Analysis: In the Deep South, Significant Percentages of People Most Impacted by HIV Live Outside Large Urban Areas Demonstrating a Need for Increased Federal Resources
Examines HIV data in the Deep South to help identify targets for federal funding, focusing on underserved groups in rural areas and small cities. Analyzes black, Latino, drug injection users, men who have sex with men, women, and people aged 13-24 living with HIV. Identifies 6 states where a higher proportion of these groups live outside large, urban areas. See additional links for state specific reports.
Additional links: Alabama Report, Georgia Report, Louisiana Report, Mississippi Report, North Carolina Report, South Carolina Report
Author(s): Carolyn McAllaster, Gabrielle Goodrow
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Duke University, Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative
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Factors Affecting the Development of Medicaid Hospital Payment Policies: Findings from Structured Interviews in Five States
Study examining Medicaid hospital payment policies with a focus on factors affecting payment mix and structure, the impact of state policies and financing methods, how states target hospital services or types such as rural hospitals, barriers to and drivers of change to payment methods, and more. Focuses on five states that made or are making significant hospital policy changes: Arizona, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, and Virginia. Appendix B includes state profiles.
Author(s): Thomas Marks, Kathy Gifford, Steven Perlin, Melisa Byrd, Timothy Beger
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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Closing the Gap on Dental HPSAs: Louisiana Oral Health Workforce Assessment
Discusses findings and offers recommendations from an oral health workforce needs assessment in Louisiana. Highlights the state oral health status of children and adults, access to care, and fluoridation. Reports on surveys and interviews addressing workforce demographics, practice information, perception of oral health access, and Medicaid policies. Appendices include additional data on state Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Louisiana Department of Health
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Louisiana Oral Health Workforce Expansion Program: Evaluation Report
Reports on Louisiana's efforts to expand oral health access to people in Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in the state as part of a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded grant. Details their efforts so far, challenges faced, and outcomes. Their efforts focused on an oral health needs assessment, a Dental Rural Scholars Track Program modeled after similar medical school programs, and an oral health recruitment and placement program. Appendices include examples of application forms, surveys, and assessment tools used to evaluate the programs, along with a map of state dental HPSAs.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Louisiana Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Together We Can Be Bully Free: CAH and Law Enforcement Address Peer Victimization through School-Based Program
Highlights an anti-bullying program developed by Union General Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in Union Parish, Louisiana. Describes how the hospital and local law enforcement collaborate to teach elementary, middle, and high school students about the negative effects bullying and how to model positive social behavior.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Opioid Epidemic: Evidence Based Strategies Legislative Report
Discusses the causes and consequences of the opioid epidemic in Louisiana, as well as recommendations to help address it. Addresses differences between rural and urban areas of the state. Provides maps showing access to treatment programs and buprenorphine providers.
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Louisiana Commission on Preventing Opioid Abuse, Louisiana Department of Health
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Medicaid Expansion, Budgetary Projections, and Impact on Hospitals
Examines on the impact of Medicaid expansion in Louisiana on rural hospitals, healthcare providers, and the state budget. Addresses the potential impact on rural hospitals of a cutback in disproportionate share (DSH) payments for uncompensated care.
Author(s): James A. Richardson, Jared J. Llorens, Roy L. Heidelberg
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Louisiana Public Health Institute
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Medicaid Expansion in Louisiana: Perspectives of Providers from Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Centers
Reports on interviews with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) in Louisiana to analyze the impact of Medicaid expansion. Describes the impact on health care access, changes made by FQHCs and RHCs, and the need for more healthcare providers.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Louisiana Public Health Institute
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The Hub-and-Spoke Organization Design Revisited: A Lifeline for Rural Hospitals
Provides an overview of the hub-and-spoke organization design and how Willis-Knighton Health System in Louisiana used it to partner with rural hospitals in their region. Discusses the model's outcomes and implications for rural hospitals.
Author(s): James K. Elrod, John L. Fortenberry, Jr.
Citation: BMC Health Services Research, 17(Suppl 4), 795
Date: 2017
Type: Document
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Union General Hospital "It's a Girl Thing: Making Proud Choices"
Outlines Union General Hospital's "It's a Girl Thing: Making Proud Choices" program, which seeks to curb sexually transmitted diseases and teenage pregnancy in Farmerville, Louisiana. The program focuses on educating high school girls on topics such as self-esteem, dating and violence, finances, the consequences of teen pregnancy, and more. Also includes a brief discussion with one of the program developers.
Date: 10/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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How to Establish a Rural Health Clinic in Louisiana
A manual providing information and guidance to organizations and healthcare providers in Louisiana interested in learning about Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) or converting to the RHC model.
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Louisiana Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Louisiana Healthcare Workforce Retention Toolkit
Provides a toolkit to support retention of healthcare providers at National Health Service Corps (NHSC) sites in Louisiana. Identifies best practices from research and employer feedback regarding the needs of the state's NHSC practitioners.
Date: 2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Louisiana Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Louisiana Department of Health - Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Resources and information on Louisiana's response to COVID-19, including guidance for healthcare providers and other organizations, resources for the public, and information on cases in the state.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Louisiana Department of Health
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Louisiana's Health Data Portal
Provides data on health outcomes, population, and environmental health by parish for Louisiana. For parish-level data, select a category, topic, and click on the "Explore" button. The population data category includes both the topic sociodemographics, which also addresses access to food and primary care physicians, and the topic health factors and behaviors, which includes alcohol and tobacco use. The health outcomes category includes cancer, asthma, and diabetes incidence. Offers the ability to view multiple datasets at once and download files.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Louisiana Department of Health
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Louisiana Department of Health Medicaid Expansion Dashboard
Provides data on the impact of Louisiana's Medicaid expansion. Scroll over the map on the right for the number of new Medicaid enrollees, doctor visits, colon and breast cancer screenings, and preventative care visits by parish.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Louisiana Department of Health
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Louisiana Rural Health Plan 2011-2015
A guide lending direction for rural healthcare, and the development and delivery of health services in rural Louisiana with a focus on strengthening partnerships with providers, rural communities, and other state and federal stakeholders.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Louisiana Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Louisiana KIDS COUNT Data Center
Provides data on child well-being for the state. Covers demographics, economic well-being, education, family and community, health, and safety and risky behaviors. Some data available by parish.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Annie E. Casey Foundation
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ERS State Fact Sheet: Louisiana
State-level data on population, poverty, food security, educational attainment, employment, and income. Includes data for rural areas, urban areas, and the state as a whole.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Louisiana QuickFacts
State-level data on demographics, housing, income, and other social determinants of health, with the option to add data for counties and cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more. Includes information from multiple U.S. Census Bureau censuses, surveys, and programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Louisiana State Health Facts
State-level data on demographics, health status, healthcare costs and access, healthcare providers, and more.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Additional resources are available. See a full list of Louisiana Resources.


Last Updated: 3/17/2020