Underlying every equitable system are strong, clear policies that afford all individuals the tools they need to lead healthy, productive lives. At LCHE, one of our core strategies for improving health outcomes is policy advocacy through campaigns, legislative studies, and policy recommendations.
Currently, our policy agenda centers around supporting the behavioral health needs of youth exposed to trauma and childhood adversity (Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)), more specifically, championing policy efforts to address the role of ACEs on disciplinary practices within Louisiana’s schools, an issue that has grown increasingly critical in the wake of COVID-19. LCHE also look at issues pertaining to women and children including, but not limited to maternal and child health and lack of access to quality care.
Under the commission of the Louisiana Legislature, LCHE convened regional and statewide studies including, service delivery and financing policies. These studies were authorized under the following legislation:
Health Services Delivery and Financing Capitol Region Task Force – Senate Concurrent Resolution 4 of the 2016 R.S. (SCR 4)
The Student Behavior, Mental Health, and Discipline Task Force Report – House Resolution of the 2022 R.S. (HR 173)
These studies have been completed by LCHE and follow up on the findings are currently underway.
LEARNING AND TRAINING
We offer several equity-centered learning and training opportunities to expand knowledge and build capacity at the individual, organization and community levels and to facilitate collective action.
Offerings range in content, length and format for audiences including professionals, policymakers, community members and youth. Though our learning and training programs and activities are typically offered in person, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several have been adapted to a virtual format and are announced as they become available. Select professional learning opportunities may also include continuing education credits in accordance with credentialing requirements. LCHE’s recurring offerings include, but are not limited to, the Annual Health Summit, Women’s Health Day symposium and webinars, and LYFE Line Teen Summit.
In addition to our programs and events, we also offer experiential learning opportunities for students and emerging professionals in the form of internships, fellowships, service learning, pro bono opportunities and the like. LCHE has proudly hosted a wide array of learners, including medical and public health post-doctoral fellows, law students, social work interns and undergraduate students in various fields. For more information, please reach out to us via our ‘Opportunities’ page.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT
Throughout the year LCHE hosts events and programs to encourage community members of all ages to make healthy lifestyle choices and build stronger, healthier communities. Through the loyal support of our community partners, our offerings are made available for free or at minimal cost to participants.
We have a strong track record of building collaboration for example, the Together We Are More (TWRM): A Holistic Approach to Adolescent Health is a collaborative initiative in Baton Rouge to create opportunities for youth to live healthier and more productive lives. LCHE convened TWRM to develop a public health approach to adolescent health. The priorities are reducing violence and homicide, reducing the high school dropout rate, increasing social supports, and increasing extra-curricular out of school activities and more recently, suicide prevention.
STRATEGIC INNOVATION AND IMPACT
We assist organizations in identifying gaps and opportunities, creating plans and executing actions to realize results with a focus inclusive of determinants of health.
At LCHE, we understand that shared goals and thoughtful collaboration are the keys to success. Accordingly, we are pleased to lend our expertise as strategic partners to organizations and businesses who share in our mission and are committed to services, programs and policies that promote equity. If you or your organization would like to learn more about our services, connect with us to begin this partnership. We would love to know how you are making a difference and how we can help!
2022 - YEAR IN REVIEW
Throughout 2022, LCHE has continually kept LA40by2030, to improve Louisiana’s health ranking to 40 by the year 2030, as our goal with the well-being of women and children at the forefront. This year, through our collective efforts, LCHE is thrilled to share a few highlights of our work in the Baton Rouge community and the State of Louisiana.
On behalf the LCHE Team, THANK YOU for your support. It makes our work possible and it is helping to make a difference. We look forward to continuing our progress with you in 2023 and beyond.