Family Health

Working to ensure the health and well-being of Louisiana’s families
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LPHI’s Family Health Portfolio works to ensure the health and well-being of Louisiana’s women, children, adolescents, and families through building and supporting strong community networks to expand access to high quality health care and education across the life course. Our programs support whole-person health care through building community capacity around primary care, behavioral health, reproductive and sexual health services and social service provision. Additionally the portfolio works to improve access to high quality sexual health education for young people. The portfolio supports policy and advocacy efforts to promote the ability of Louisiana’s families—in each and every formation—to thrive.

Programs and Initiatives

Inter-Pregnancy Care (IPC) Project

The Inter-Pregnancy Care (IPC) Project seeks to a) improve the health of low-income women and children by reducing pre-term and low-birth weight infants born in the Greater New Orleans area; and b) connect women with adverse birth outcomes to evidence-based care, a model of IPC adapted from Grady Memorial Hospital with a sample of Greater New Orleans Community Health Connection (GNOCHC) clinics selected to become IPC Centers for Excellence. A few areas of focus within the project have included engaging key stakeholders to link women with adverse birth outcomes to participating clinics and working with Louisiana’s Medicaid managed care organizations and participating clinics on transitions and continuity of care and linkage protocols to assure maternal health across prenatal, post-natal, and inter-pregnancy periods. 

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Connections Program

Based on recommendations from the LPHI led Adolescent Mapping Project (AMP), Connections: Bridging Teens+Sex+Health was established in 2016. Connections is a three tiered program that provides technical assistance, builds referral networks, and supports community coalitions to improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health. We provide technical assistance to schools to improve and expand comprehensive sex education using the WISE Method. WISE (Working to Institutionalize Sex Ed) is a national initiative that supports school districts in implementing sex education. Based on the CDC’s Project Connect, we are working with clinics and schools to develop a more robust referral network to link adolescents to reproductive health services in the greater New Orleans area.

LPHI founded the Louisiana Adolescent Reproductive Health Coalition, which comprises members from around the state who advocate for improved policy regarding adolescent sexual health. We also support regional coalitions in Ouachita and St. Mary Parishes.

Reproductive Health Integration Initiative (RHII)

Community health centers are an essential part of the health care landscape in Louisiana and are leaders in setting standards for community-based, patient-centered care.  LPHI is partnered with The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) Office of Public Health (OPH) Bureau of Family Health and the Louisiana Primary Care Association (LPCA) in a strategic partnership to improve the quality of and access to reproductive health care statewide. 

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School Food Initiatives

LPHI’s school food work has included collaborating with partners to conduct an extensive evaluation of school food quality and consumption patterns among elementary students, researching the effects of school food policy changes in order to increase consumption of healthier foods, and assessing fundraising practices in schools. In 2012, LPHI entered into a partnership with Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation and The Healthy School Food Collaborative (HSFC) to evaluate the impact of a new School Food Authority on student food consumption and strive to increase consumption of healthy foods in New Orleans schools. After an in-depth plate waste study of more than 20,000 school lunches - the largest plate waste sample size ever collected — within the elementary school setting, we have consistently found students consuming half their lunch, with vegetables having the lowest average consumption.

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Trauma Informed Care in Schools

In addition to supporting the integration of behavioral health services in school based health centers across the greater New Orleans region, the portfolio supports ongoing citywide efforts around Trauma Informed care in schools and with community based organizations. LPHI, in partnership with the New Orleans Health Department and local trauma experts, plays a role in the Trauma Informed School Learning Collaborative, a learning collaborative launched in 2015 to support schools in implementing trauma-informed approaches. This collaborative effort provides assistance for schools to become trauma-sensitive schools—building awareness of the prevalence of trauma and increasing schools’ capacity to respond to traumatized students’ unique needs.

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