Report: Louisiana is the least prepared state for major health emergency
Posted on 4/27/2016 3:50:00 AM.

This year’s National Health Security Preparedness Index finds Louisiana is the least prepared state to respond to a major health emergency. The state scores 5.6 out of 10 on the index. Bob Johannessen with the Department of Health and Hospitals says the survey is somewhat misleading. But he says some aspects used to determine this ranking are true.
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Budget cuts could reduce the number of food inspections
Posted on 4/25/2016 3:27:00 PM.

There is the chance of a reduction in retail food inspectors if lawmakers approve of the governor’s proposed budget for next fiscal year. This would result in an 11% reduction in inspectors. Department of Health and Hospital spokesperson Bob Johannessen says this means they will not be able to inspect as many grocery stores and restaurants as they should.
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DHH: TB rate cases down 43% since 2010
Posted on 3/25/2016 12:03:00 PM.

A few years ago, Louisiana was ranked in the top ten nationally in tuberculosis rates, but the state Department of Health and Hospitals announces Louisiana’s case rate has fallen 43-percent since 2010. DHH Tuberculosis controller Michael Lacassagne says the potentially fatal bacterial infections can be both prevented and cured with proper treatment and the state has taken steps to do that.
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The state is preparing for possible Zika outbreak
Posted on 3/21/2016 3:29:00 AM.

Experts say southeast Louisiana is at a high risk of a Zika outbreak this summer. Dr. Frank Welch, with the Louisiana Department Health and Hospitals says state and local health officials are performing extensive surveillance.

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State auditor points out areas the state can do better in protecting taxpayer dollars
Posted on 2/23/2016 5:25:00 AM.

Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera has released an annual report that points out areas where state government can do a better job of protecting taxpayer dollars. Purpera says on multiple occasions his auditors discovered the Department of Health and Hospitals didn’t do what was needed to receive payments from third parties for medical services provided for Medicaid patients.
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DHH: Worst of flu season still to come
Posted on 1/19/2016 12:10:00 PM.
The Department of Health and Hospitals says the worst of the current flu season is still to come and they're encouraging everyone to make sure they are vaccinated.  Immunization Director Dr. Frank Welch says it's fortunate that flu season has been very slow, to date, in Louisiana.  
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Louisiana's obesity rate lower than the national average
Posted on 11/13/2015 3:13:00 AM.

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds the nation’s obesity rate has climbed to almost 38%, which is up from 32% ten years ago. Department of Health and Hospitals Assistant Secretary of Public Health JT Lane says Louisiana’s obesity rate is at 35% and although they’d like to see it lower, we’re heading in the right direction.
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DHH names more than 1,100 locations as "Well Spots"
Posted on 11/6/2015 12:25:00 PM.

The State Department of Health and Hospitals says over 1,000 businesses, schools and colleges have received a special designation to show that they support healthy living. They have been designated as a “Well Spot” and DHH Assistant Secretary JT Lane says that means they’ve made a conscious effort to help people lead healthier lifestyles.
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DHH launches statewide patient engagement campaign
Posted on 10/13/2015 12:11:00 PM.
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has launched a statewide campaign to educate Louisiana patients and families on how to use available health information technology.  DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert says the campaign is called "Your Health in Your Hands".
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DHH confirms second West Nile death in Louisiana this year
Posted on 9/30/2015 11:36:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
The state Department of Health and Hospitals confirms a second death this year from the West Nile Virus. State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says there are now 54 confirmed cases in 2015 and 2 deaths, compared to 123 cases and 5 deaths the prior year.
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