The 2018 Minority Health Awareness Summit was held today in Lafayette.
Organizers say the focus was on the social determinants of health and how they specifically affect our community and infant mortality. Also discussed was perinatal health disparities and work closely in small groups to address those disparities.
Among the speakers were Carmen Green, a CBPP State Policy Fellow focusing on health in Louisiana. Prior to joining Louisiana Budget Project in the fall of 2016, she was the Louisiana Program Director and National Training Director for the National Birth Equity Collaborative. The organization’s goal to decrease Black infant mortality allowed her to develop her knowledge of health disparities, race equity, health policy and social justice.
Also scheduled were speakers from Healthy Start Epic and the Office of Public Health.
The event was sponsored by Project Launch, Crescent City WIC Services, Inc., Louisiana Department of Health Bureau of Minority Health Access and Promotions and Brentwood Behavioral Health and Hospital.