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Bureau of Family Health Partners for Healthy Babies

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95 New Consultants!


On March 24-25, the Bureau of Family Health (BFH) held the 2015 Louisiana Child Care Health Consultant (LA CCHC) Program Training. 95 health professionals, including registered nurses, registered dietitians, and licensed social workers were trained to become Louisiana CCHCs.


Consultants (LA CCHCs) provide the mandated 3 hours of health and safety training to licensed child care facilities, and consult with them on health and safety-related goals.


For a list of consultants please visit lacchc.org.


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Louisiana Focuses on ACEs


The BFH is actively participating in a workgroup for the Louisiana Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs*) Initiative. The purpose of the Initiative, a public-private partnership, is to promote clear, consistent communication about the long-term impact of adverse childhood experience and to bolster efforts to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children in Louisiana. The workgroup recently met to orient new partners, and to discuss strategies for increasing state-wide dialogue about ACEs. The initiative is working to connect organizations to high quality communication tools.


* For information about the national ACEs Study click here


TOP® Teens Give Back


Teens are "giving back"  as part of their Teen Outreach Program (TOP®).  Some of their projects included:

  • TOP® teens in Baton Rouge held a teen dating violence awareness pledge and balloon release
  • TOP® teens in North and Central Louisiana provided meals to people in the community

May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month and TOP® partner agencies participate by having each teen complete the National Day Quiz, which focuses on responsibility and life goals.

Pediatric CoIIN


Louisiana was accepted to be a participant  in a Pediatric Obesity Mini Collaborative Impact and Innovation Network (CoIIN), sponsored by the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists. Our state's team is made up of the Bureau of Family Health and the  Health Promotions Section from the Department of Health and Hospitals,  the Department of Education's Licensing Division, and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Other states who are participating are Arkansas, Ohio, and Wisconsin.


The goal is to ensure that policies and practices affecting early care and education facilities result in improved nutrition, and physical activity, and reduced "screen" time.



"Baby-Friendly" - EJGH and Tulane-Lakeside


The Bureau of Family Health applauds East Jefferson General Hospital (EJGH) and Tulane-Lakeside Hospital for achieving the prestigious "Baby-Friendly" Hospital designation, bringing the total to 5 in Louisiana. Congratulations!


Both EJGH and Tulane-Lakeside had already received the BFH's Gift designation and were part of the Best Fed Beginnings technical assistance program.


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Louisiana Cities Going Smoke-Free


On April 22, 2015 New Orleans will become the 6th, and largest, city in Louisiana to become 100% smoke-free. The city of Sulphur also just voted to adopt a smoke-free ordinance to prohibit smoking in all public places. The laws prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes wherever smoking is not allowed. These ordinances are a great victory for public health and for the people working in the parts of the hospitality industry that were not protected by the state law.


The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living and Quit With Us LA would like to remind everyone that we have free resources to help Louisiana smokers quit.  They include:

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Home Visiting Outreach


The BFH's  Maternal, Infant, & Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program has recently hired Outreach Specialists to improve community engagement and to support the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) and the Parents as Teachers (PAT) home visiting teams around the state.


Local Outreach Specialists will work within communities to foster participation from expectant mothers and parents of young children, and to facilitate collaboration with local community organizations. If you have any questions or want more information, please email Cindy Hilger, MSN, RN.


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Bayou Health and text4baby


Our Bayou Health plans in Louisiana are recommending text4baby for all of their pregnant clients.  They are working with text4baby to find innovative ways to help these moms enroll in the service.

Data Corner: New Moms & Family Planning


The 2011 Louisiana Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (LaPRAMS) report will be published soon. Here is an excerpt from the report related to family planning among the new mothers surveyed.

  • 44% of pregnancies were intended, while 56% of were unintended.
  • 88% of women reported they were currently (post-partum) using some form of contraception method or activity to prevent pregnancy. 

​Read more to see the full excerpt.


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