MEDIA ADVISORY: Health advocates and leaders gather to address disparities and quality of life for Louisiana children and families

2020 Health Summit will create bold policy vision to advance health equity


WHAT: The Louisiana Center for Health Equity, in collaboration with the Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Public Health and Pennington Biomedical Research Center, will host the 2020 Health Summit: Advancing Health Equity for Children and Families. Local, state, and nationally recognized public health and education professionals will lead discussions with the goal of creating a bold policy vision that will improve health outcomes and quality of life for Louisiana children and families.

Four key objectives will be met during the summit.

  1. Provide an update on the progress and accomplishments of the current State Health Improvement Plan.
  2. Identify key health indicators that will move the needle toward improving Louisiana’s national health ranking.
  3. Engage participants in developing policy to reduce Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), with a focus on concentrated disadvantage and the role racism plays.
  4. Highlight school health and education best practices to reduce disparities in academic outcomes, including mental health, bullying prevention, violence prevention, etc.

Those interested in attending the summit can register at


WHEN: Tuesday, Mar 3, 2020
             9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


WHERE: C.B. Pennington, Jr. Building - Conference Center
               6400 Perkins Road
               Baton Rouge, LA


WHO:     Governor John Bel Edwards
Jonathan Goldfinger, MD, MPH, FAAP 
Danielle G. Dooley, MD, MPhil, FAAP
Alma C. Stewart, RN, MS, CCHC
Jennifer Drake-Croft, MSSW, IMH-E®