Public Health

February 07, 2014
Louisiana’s weekly flu report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) includes two new pediatric deaths, one of which occurred in early January and was just reported to the Department of Health and Hospitals this week. So far this flu season, four children have died from the flu in Louisiana. State law requires hospitals and health care professionals report all flu deaths in children to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, the state shares that information weekly with the CDC. The latest pediatric deaths are from Southeast and Southwest Louisiana. The two previous deaths were in Northwest and Southeast Louisiana.
February 06, 2014
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals’ Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health, in collaboration with the Southeast Louisiana Area Health Education Center, announces the recent implementation of the Parents as Teachers (PAT) home-visiting program in select areas of northern Louisiana. The voluntary and evidence-based program is currently available in the following parishes: Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Claiborne, Bienville, Red River, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Morehouse, West Carroll, East Carroll, Madison and Tensas.
January 31, 2014
Louisiana’s weekly flu report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) includes a pediatric death, which brings the total number of child deaths from the flu in Louisiana this season to two. Federal law requires that states report all flu deaths in children to the CDC. The latest pediatric death is in Southeast Louisiana, the first was in Northwest Louisiana, which shows that the entire state is at risk.
January 22, 2014
Water samples taken earlier this month from the DeSoto Parish Waterworks District No. 1 have tested negative for the rare ameba Naegleria fowleri, meaning increased chlorine levels in the system have controlled the ameba, the Department of Health and Hospitals announced Wednesday.
January 10, 2014
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals today confirmed the death of a Northwest Louisiana child in a Shreveport hospital this week due to H1N1 flu.
December 20, 2013
Many Louisiana residents will be traveling near and far throughout the holiday season. Whether you’re driving, flying or riding, as a part of our “Healthy for the Holidays” campaign, the Department of Health and Hospitals wants you to know that there are numerous ways to ensure you make it to and from your destination both happy and healthy.
December 17, 2013
Don’t wait for the New Year to live healthier. Through its “Healthy for the Holidays” campaign, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is encouraging residents to stay active and make positive choices during the holiday season.
December 16, 2013
he Department of Health and Hospitals is sharing tips for Louisiana residents to stay healthy this holiday season each day this week as part of its Healthy for the Holidays campaign. Each day this week, DHH will share different tips for staying healthy, including eating right, exercising, managing stress, avoiding substance abuse and safe traveling during the holidays.
December 06, 2013
DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert visited Louisiana hospitals participating in the Best Fed Beginnings initiative this week to assess the progress made as each hospital approaches the final phase to become a designated “Baby Friendly” facility.
December 05, 2013
The [Best Fed Beginnings] program’s major goal is to increase the number of breastfed babies. The $6 million initiative began last year and will conclude in September 2014. The 89 participating hospitals must complete the American Academy of Pediatrics-endorsed Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding program. By doing so, they will receive a “baby-friendly” designation from the World Health Organization and United Nations Children’s Fund.