As the new year rolled in, the Office of Public Health (OPH) regional teams prioritized reintroducing parish health units (PHUs) to the public in an effort to highlight new and established services, programming and building connections with the community. The outreach took the form of open house events that continue to be held across the state since launching in late January. Here is a look at some of the open houses that OPH has hosted so far.
REGION 1: Greater New Orleans Area
Metairie PHU team members celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and welcome attendees to the open house.
REGION 2: Capital Region
|Medicaid Assistant Regional Administrator Aaron Kean and Medicaid analyst LaShuntae Burrell help residents update Medicaid contact information and re-enroll.|
|Immunization Supervisor Cindy Aydell talks with community members about where to digitally access their vaccination records.|
REGION 3: South-Central Louisiana
|Above: Registered Nurse (RN) Tina Becnel checks blood pressure at the St. James PHU open house in Region 3.|
REGION 4: Acadiana
REGION 6: Central Louisiana
|COVID-19 Coordinator Theodora Martin (in pink) and Disease Intervention Specialists Jerra Johnson and Corey Boyd speak to community members about PHU services.|
REGION 7: Northwest Louisiana
|RN Erin White, Administrative Coordinator Meshell Cooper, Sanitarian Mindy Martin and RN Toshia Williams gather outside at the Fuel for the Future open house.|
REGION 8: Northeast Louisiana
|CHW Vera Matthews, Region 8 CHW Supervisor Kiara Bradford and Community HealthWays Tri-manager hand out promotional items and information at the Lincoln PHU open house in Region 8.|
|Region 8 social worker Sabrina Cole and RN Alison Campbell share information on Children’s Special Health Services.|
|Region 8 health disparities social worker Shirah Tolliver and COVID-19 Coordinator Jeanette White share information on COVID-19.|
REGION 9: Northshore Area
|Washington PHU team members wait for community members to join the open house.|
Washington PHU, Franklinton; Tangipahoa PHU, Amite; South Tangipahoa PHU, Hammond
Region 9 hosted several open houses to give community members the opportunity to learn more about the public health services available to them, such as nurse in-home visitation, Community HealthWays and WIC. Attendees also learned more about reproductive health, STI and tuberculosis testing and treatment, infectious disease epidemiology, opioid prevention and emergency preparedness.
Region 9 team members offered blood pressure screenings, COVID-19 and flu vaccinations, HIV testing, COVID-19 test kits, free colon cancer screening kits, health and wellness educational flyers, and infant safe sleep demonstrations. Medicaid specialists were available to assist Medicaid members with updating their contact information to ensure they maintain health insurance coverage.
“The open house was a successful event, and we were proud to showcase what we do on a daily basis in the health unit to keep Northshore residents healthy,” said Region 9 Medical Director Dr. Gina Lagarde.