About Us

Community Partnerships & Health EquityThe Office of Community Partnerships & Health Equity (OCPHE) works to support Louisiana Department of Health’s (LDH) public health professionalism by supporting the operationalizing and monitoring of community engagement and health equity best practices and protocols.

In 2019, OCPHE leadership led the development of LDH’s first agency-wide health equity plan – LDH Phase-I Health Equity Plan. It is the first agency-wide plan of its kind in a southern state. The Phase-I plan operationalizes health equity practices and protocols throughout LDH. The health equity plan is centered on:

  • Public Health Professionalism: Informing individual behaviors and organization actions
  • Organizational Culture: Sharing, encouraging and supporting communicative strategies and professional development opportunities
  • Organizational Systems: Creating processes that operationalize and monitor health equity practices and protocols in LDH

The plan includes a Community Engagement Framework that supports the institutionalization of community engagement best practices agency-wide in LDH.

The plan’s internal strategies and action-steps, with its future results, support and expand a culture of health equity throughout LDH. The goal of the plan is to improve LDH professionalism, resulting in improved services and health outcomes of the people, populations, and communities LDH serves.

OCPHE is presently mapping out LDH’s Phase-II Health Equity Plan (to be finalized in 2020). It will center on the development of a statewide advisory board. This 25-32 member board will consist of diverse community members and stakeholders, who will serve to review, advise, and inform LDH’s health equity practices, protocols, and results.

Our Work

Office of Community Partnerships & Health Equity is leading the development of LDH’s first agency-wide health equity plans, while also supporting more robust and effective community engagement activities within LDH. The health equity plan will operationalize health equity practices and protocol — affecting all LDH offices, divisions and bureaus. The health equity plan is based on:

  • Public Health Professionalism: Informing individual behaviors and organization actions
  • Organizational Culture: Sharing, encouraging and supporting communicative strategies and professional development opportunities
  • Organizational Systems: Creating processes that operationalize and monitor health equity practices and protocols in LDH

The plan is accompanied with a Community Engagement Framework that supports the institutionalization of community engagement best practices agency-wide.

Ultimately, internal strategies, action-steps and results will be the core of health equity planning throughout LDH. The goal of the plan is to improve LDH professionalism, resulting in improved services and health outcomes of the people, populations and communities LDH serves.

OCPHE provides programmatic oversight to the Bureau of Minority Health Access (BMHA); thus, BMHA operates within OCPHE. Lastly, OCPHE also, via its programming and activities, supports LDH’s Office of Public Health, in sustaining LDH’s national accreditation, Public Health Accreditation Board - know formally as PHAB Accreditation.