State Health Assessment (SHA) and State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP)
The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), Office of Public Health (OPH) is ensuring that data on health and health inequities is widely and easily accessible to Louisianans. To that end, it has published the State Health Assessment (SHA) dashboard.
The purpose of this digital tool is to share information about the health of Louisianans and to show where health inequities exist with regard to health outcomes and the determinants of health. These data will be used as a foundation for the creation of the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) and a companion SHIP dashboard in early 2022.
This new SHA dashboard is designed to be interactive, accessible, easily updated, localized, and centered in health equity. This information can be used by individuals and communities across the state to advocate and plan for positive changes in their communities and statewide.
Lend your voice!
The Office of Public Health will be conducting a community engagement process around the SHA dashboard from June to November 2021, in partnership with the Louisiana Public Health Institute and the Governor’s COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. This will involve a series of virtual meetings as well as opportunities for residents to share their perspectives through surveys, social media posts, and interviews. Please visit this page for more information and how you can get involved.
Creating A Blueprint For Our Future
LDH’s prior SHA/SHIP, Creating A Blueprint For Our Future, was originally published in 2016.
Completion of the SHA/SHIP process is part of the Public Health Accreditation Board’s requirement for LDH to remain a nationally-accredited state health department.