The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) and Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) are hosting a series of tele-town halls called “Protecting our Communities from the Flu & COVID-19.” Each event will be moderated by Dr. Earl Benjamin-Robinson, deputy director of LDH’s Office of Community Partnerships & Health Equity, Joynetta Bell Kelly, associate deputy director of LDH’s Office of Community Partnerships & Health Equity, and Shelina Davis, CEO of LPHI. Local panelists will include each region’s medical director, faith-based leaders, and community physicians.

The goal of these informational sessions is to educate the community about the importance of getting the flu vaccine this year, especially given the similarities between flu symptoms and COVID-19 symptoms. The dialogue will also focus on equitable health outcomes for all Louisianans, especially the African American community who has been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. 
WHENWednesday, October 28                                            
Region 1, 2 & 9 (Greater New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Hammond, and North Shore Areas)   
2 – 3:30 p.m.                         

Wednesday, November 4
Region 3, 4, & 5 (Houma-Thibodaux, River Parishes, Acadiana, and Lake Charles Areas)
10:30 a.m. - noon

Wednesday, November 18
Region 6, 7, & 8 (Alexandria, Shreveport, and Monroe Areas)
9 – 10:30 a.m. 


WHERE: Each tele-town hall will be hosted through GoToWebinar. Registration is available using the links above.