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Be Alert for Measles


As you know, measles is in the news with the recent outbreak at Disneyland.  Healthcare providers in Louisiana are requested to aid in the national effort.


Consider measles when evaluating febrile rash illnesses.  Report suspected measles cases to the DHH-OPH-Immunization Program Office (504)838-5300, or after hours at the Louisiana Epidemiology Hotline (800)256-2748.


For more about the symptoms and steps to take if measles is suspected, click the read more button below.


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Opelousas General is "Baby-Friendly"


The Bureau of Family Health (BFH) applauds Opelousas General Health System (OGHS) for joining Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge and Terrebonne General Medical Center as the third Louisiana hospital to achieve the prestegious Baby-Friendly Hospital designation. OGHS has worked with BFH on increasing breastfeeding by participating in the Best Fed Beginnings program along with 3 other Louisiana hospitals.


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Louisiana Moms are Breastfeeding


The Bureau of Family Health just produced a brief video for our NFP and  Parents as Teachers (PAT) home visiting clients that encourages them to  breastfeed. The video features quotes and pictures of Louisiana moms and their babies who participated in the  NFP program and made the decision to breastfeed.


The video shows that Louisiana women are choosing to breastfeed, and encourages new moms to talk to their home visiting staff to about breastfeeding and to get support.


Lead-Free Mardi Gras


Did you know that some Mardi Gras beads and throws may contain lead?  So does the soil along the parade routes.  Help reduce lead exposure for all children along the routes by letting parents know these tips:

  • Use hand wipes before kids eat and after they pick up beads from the ground
  • Wash and rinse any beads before allowing kids to play with them
  • Once home, change the kids into new clothes

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Happy Birthday text4baby

18,852 Louisiana moms have enrolled in text4baby since its launch five years ago.


Text4baby keeps adding helpful features, including:

  • Louisiana resources
  • Appointment reminders
  • A smartphone app
  • Smoking cessation help
  • Free flu shots

Medicaid Enrollment Grant


As the Title X grantee for Louisiana, the BFH Reproductive Health Program (RHP) was awarded a competitive grant from the Office of Population Affairs to provide onsite Medicaid Enrollment Assistance.


From now through August 2015, clients (in Marksville, Amite, Hammond, Opelousas, and Shreveport) can receive in-person help from a trained enrollment specialist at the Parish Health Unit to fill out  Medicaid Applications.


This project is very timely given the recent launch of the Take Charge Plus Medicaid Program, which provides enhanced family planning coverage for males and females of childbearing age.


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New Gift Hospital


Last week, Bayne-Jones Army Hospital in Fort Polk became the 25th Gift designated birthing hospital in Louisiana.


The Gift is an evidence-based program for Louisiana birthing facilities designed to increase breastfeeding rates and hospital success by improving the quality of their maternity services and enhancing patient-centered care.


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EPIC-BEST For Providers


BFH is partnering with WIC to educate pediatric, family, and OB providers and their staff on best breastfeeding practices to support patients and their families. There is no cost to participate.


Training sessions focus on the importance of breastfeeding, national policy recommendations, strategies and resources for providers and the community.


Read more to find out how to get involved.

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Data Corner: C-Section Rates in Louisiana


In 2012, 40.2% of births in Louisiana were delivered via C-section and Louisiana ranked 50th for this measure. The percentage of births delivered  by C-section in Louisiana has risen from 38% in 2008 to 40% in 2012. 


Of the births classified as low risk in 2012 (first time mothers delivering a single, term baby with vertex presentation), 31% were delivered by C-section.


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Important Dates

  • 02/11/2015 | Infant Mental HealthTraining (Lafayette)
    For information on future trainings, call 504.568.3504
  • 03/06/15 | 11:00 AM-12:30 PM: BFH Journal Club
    Contact Robin.Gruenfeld@la.gov for location
  • 03/24-03/25/15 | LA CCHC Annual Conference (Baton Rouge)
    Click here for updates on registration
  • 07/07-07/09/15 | WIC Conference

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