Health advocates to gather and address disparities and quality of life for Louisiana children and families


The Louisiana Center for Health Equity, will partner with the Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Public Health and Pennington Biomedical Research Center to host the 2020 Health Summit focused on advancing health equity for children and families on March 3, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the C.B. Pennington Jr. Building Conference Center.

Public health and education professionals will lead discussions with the goal of creating a policy vision that will improve health outcomes and quality of life for children and families.

Attendees will include Governor John Bel Edwards, Jonathan Goldfinger, MD, MPH, FAAP Danielle G. Dooley, MD, MPhil, FAAP, Alma C. Stewart, RN, MS, CCHC, and Jennifer Drake-Croft, MSSW, IMH-E®

Four key objectives will be met during the summit:

  1. Provide an update on the progress and accomplishments of the current State Health Improvement Plan.
  2. Identify key health indicators that will move the needle toward improving Louisiana’s national health ranking.
  3. Engage participants in developing policy to reduce Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), with a focus on concentrated disadvantage and the role racism plays.
  4. Highlight school health and education best practices to reduce disparities in academic outcomes, including mental health, bullying prevention, violence prevention, etc.

Anyone interested in attending the summit can register at

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