Public Health

February 07, 2019
An increase in measles cases in the U.S. has been identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although cases of Measles have not yet spread to Louisiana, we want clinicians to be on the lookout. Measles is still common in many parts of the world, including some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa.
February 07, 2019
The Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health issues this Request for Information (RFI) with the intent to identify birth facilities and affiliated improvement teams interested in designing and implementing a quality improvement pilot demonstration that will improve health, appropriate utilization of care, cost, and patient-centered outcomes associated with Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome.
January 31, 2019
The Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative, made up of 31 birthing facilities from around the state, met in Lafayette earlier this month for the second learning session of the Reducing Maternal Morbidity initiative. This work is aimed at reducing severe medical complications from bleeding or severely elevated blood pressure during and after the birth process. These complications, known as maternal morbidity, are unexpected outcomes of labor and delivery that result in short- or long-term consequences to a woman's health.
January 24, 2019
The Louisiana Department of Health/Bureau of Community Preparedness is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for qualified proposers to provide medical teams for medical care in a shelter environment. The result of this contract will be a Contractor providing team-coverage at pre-identified Medical Special Needs Shelter(s) in the State. The RFP document is linked below.
January 10, 2019
Today, the Louisiana Department of Health released a solicitation for offers (SFO) to identify a pharmaceutical partner to negotiate unrestricted access to curative treatment for hepatitis C for Medicaid and incarcerated patients in Louisiana.
December 18, 2018
The Louisiana Department of Health has declared an outbreak of hepatitis A in the state. Although most of the recent cases have been reported in Morehouse Parish, cases have been reported in other parts of the state.
December 12, 2018
The Louisiana Department of Health will be holding a special one-day flu vaccination promotion on Thursday, December 13 from 2 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at various parish health units around the state. These vaccinations are available at no cost to the patient and allow people an easy way to get flu shots.
December 05, 2018
The flu vaccine is readily available for both children and adults throughout the state at healthcare providers and community pharmacies. In addition, the Louisiana Department of Health is making flu shots available at parish health units to allow people an easy way to get flu shots at no cost to the patient. A special one-day flu shot promotion will be held Thursday, December 13 from 2 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
November 08, 2018
Residents in Sabine Parish and parts of Natchitoches Parish will receive cleaner, safer drinking water thanks to $2.6 million in improvements that are being made to the Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1
October 17, 2018
The Department of Health wants to dispel myths and rumors associated with a recent confirmation of an ameba in a drinking water system. This "Myth vs. Fact" is a rundown of common misconceptions about Naegleria fowleri and drinking water in Louisiana.