State Health Assessments (SHA) and State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP)
The communities and people of the state of Louisiana reflect unique environments and geography and exhibit the state’s perseverance and resiliency in tough economic times and in the face of natural disasters and other events. Many environmental and social characteristics of Louisiana make a healthy community a challenge in our state. The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) Office of Public Health (OPH) is committed to improving population health through “Creating A Blueprint for Our Future,” the state’s health improvement plan. The five-year plan was designed to provide a comprehensive statewide plan and increase coordination and communication across internal and external organizational “silos” while addressing core issues identified for action by the community.
The Louisiana State Health Assessment (SHA) and State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) lay the foundation of health for all communities in our state. Hundreds of community- and faith-based organizations, businesses, health care organizations and public officials from across our state made the development of this comprehensive report and improvement plan possible. Our state health department took the lead in this hard work, yet the SHA includes input from all sixty-four parishes, other public and private health partners across the state and our residents. This “report card” of our current health serves as a valuable resource to help communities make decisions on not just where we can spend money to improve health, but where we can save money and lives because we improved health! By capitalizing on our state’s strengths, the SHIP endeavors to develop effective policy and implement evidence-based interventions for sustainable and long-lasting health.