Dr. Tina Stefanski recently shared her insights and experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic in the "Q&A with the RMDs" series on the LDH Blog.

"Changing behavior is hard. We have a very friendly, outgoing culture here in Acadiana. The idea of social distancing is very new for all of us, but it is such a critically important piece to slowing down transmission, flattening the curve and, ultimately, saving lives," Dr. Stefanski writes of the Acadiana region.

Dr. Stefanski is the regional medical director for Region 4, which includes the parishes of Acadiana, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermilion.

Louisiana’s nine regional medical directors (RMDs) or administrators oversee the parish health units that serve the daily public health needs of their communities. These public health leaders are in constant contact with state health leadership and local leaders to help guide residents through the COVID-19 public health emergency, particularly among key demographics.