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Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals | Kathy Kliebert, Secretary

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Statewide Initiatives



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MCH Priorities

  1. Decrease infant deaths through reduction of premature births in the African American population.
  2. Decrease intentional and unintentional injuries among pregnant women, children, adolescents, and children with special health care needs (CSHCN).
  3. Improve the pre-pregnancy health and the health of mothers between pregnancies among Louisiana women.
  4. Reduce the rate of unintended pregnancies and reduce pregnancies occuring less than 24 months apart.
  5. Increase care coordination for children with special health care needs and their families.
  6. Improve the nutritional health of the maternal and child population with a focus on obesity prevention and breastfeeding.
  7. Assure that strategies and methods in MCH and CSHCN programs are culturally competent to reduce racial disparities.
  8. Improve dental health of MCH and CSHCN population by increasing access to preventive services and access to dental care.
  9. Improve the mental health and decrease addictive disorders in the MCH and CSHCN population through prevention, early intervention, screening, referral, and treatment,where appropriate.
  10. Increase preventive services for adolescents and transition services for youth with special health care needs.