LDH News

April 26, 2019
Gov. John Bel Edwards calls on all Louisianans to responsibly dispose of their unused medications during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27. First responders, medical offices and businesses around the state will provide collection sites for people to drop off medications for safe disposal.
April 25, 2019
Elementary school fitness teams from parishes around the state will compete in the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports’ Championship Fitness Meet in Alexandria. More than 200,000 students train for the event at the beginning of each school year with preliminary fitness meets beginning in the spring. The top two boys and girls from each parish advance to the championship. Participants perform fitness tests that are included in the President’s Challenge: a 50-yard dash, sit and reach, pull-ups, the shuttle run, curl-ups, standing long jump and the 600-yard run. In the last three years, the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports has seen a significant increase in the physical fitness levels of elementary school children from the 25 parishes that participate in the competition.
April 23, 2019
The Louisiana Department of Health is committed to saving lives by ensuring health coverage for those who need it. Louisiana consistently outranks other states in national Payment Error Rate Measurement (PERM) rankings that measure how well state Medicaid programs avoid payment errors. Click here to learn more.
April 04, 2019
Throughout April, the Louisiana Department of Health’s Bureau of Minority Health Access and Promotions is co-sponsoring the national Active and Healthy Challenge that encourages individuals, especially racial and ethnic minorities, to work physical activity into their daily and weekly schedules.
April 03, 2019
Many people struggle to find the right words to start the conversation about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). April is Louisiana STD Awareness Month, with the theme of “Start the Conversation — About STDs.” Its slogan is, “It doesn’t matter how, it just matters that you do. Start the conversation!”
April 02, 2019
The Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Public Health is sponsoring a community-wide presentation of the County Health Rankings from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 3 on the second floor of the Rapides Foundation Building, 1101 Fourth St. #200, Alexandria.
April 02, 2019
“Accreditation demonstrates that the state health department has been rigorously examined and meets or exceeds national standards that promote continuous quality improvement for public health,” said Dr. Alexander Billioux, assistant secretary of the Office of Public Health.