Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals | Kathy Kliebert, Secretary

Statewide Initiatives

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Chronic Disease Prevention & Control Unit

To improve the health of Louisiana by preventing chronic diseases and their risk factors through promoting healthy behaviors, utilizing evidence based interventions and leveraging resources through collaborative private, public partnerships to maximize health outcomes among our citizens.

Highlighted Facts

  • Approximately 208,000 adults or seven percent of adults in Louisiana have been diagnosed with diabetes.
  • African Americans have the highest prevalence of diabetes, with a nine percent diagnosis rate, compared to five percent of Hispanics and six percent of the white population.
  • Over 20% of adults currently do not have health insurance of any kind, including Medicaid or Medicare.
  • Nearly one out of four adults is obese.
  • Louisiana has the fourth highest cardiovascular death rate in the nation.
  • One in four adults in Louisiana are current smokers.
  • One in four Louisiana children have tried cigarettes by the 6th grade.
  • Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Louisiana, accounting for almost 40 percent of all death in the state.

2009 - 2010 Annual Report of the Louisiana Chronic Disease and Prevention Unit

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Creating Sustainable Healthy Communities

In collaboration with funded communities and partners, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Healthy Communities Program has developed a Sustainability Planning Guide for communities. The purpose of this guide is to facilitate communities, community leaders, and other public and community health professionals to develop a sustainability plan and learn key sustainability approaches like policies, partnerships, organizational

strategies, and related activities, introduces various approaches to sustainability, and demonstrates sustainability planning in action with real-life examples.