Bridging The Great Health Divide

  Large swaths of rural America are health care deserts with too few primary care doctors, pediatricians, and OB-GYNs to care for residents

In 207 counties in 2018, there wasn’t a family, general or internal medicine doctor – the primary care doctors mainly for adults, according to an InvestigateTV analysis of federal data.

  New hope for rehab program and New Orleans lawyer

  Latinx community battles misinformation and language barriers in vaccine effort

  Disparities exist in mental health care experts say; what’s being done to bridge the health divide?

  New Orleans EMS delivering COVID-19 vaccines to those with medical mobility issues

Ochsner postponing 24-hour vaccine fest due to weather

  Rouses Markets opens store in Guste Homes

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A little-known metric may help guide state officials with COVID-19 vaccine outreach

  Congress works to increase investment in health disparity research; problem amplified by COVID

New LDH dashboard show COVID-19 cases, deaths & vaccinations broken down by race in each parish

  Stimulus package to help more people afford health insurance; benefits health entities, too

  Many families to receive significant tax breaks per child 17-years-old and younger

  Advocates say Biden’s child tax credits could lift thousands of Louisiana children out of poverty

  People are dying earlier and facing more severe health issues in many rural communities

In nearly every Appalachian and Delta community, residents die on average before their 78th birthday, which is the average life expectancy in the United States. Health care providers are working on innovative ways to combat the unique disparities in the regions.

  New task force works to get more people vaccinated in the 9th Ward and New Orleans East

Past missteps in research involving blacks are said to contribute to vaccination hesitancy among African Americans.

‘Diabetes Belt’ runs through much of Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta

In 358 of the 662 counties in the Appalachian and Delta regions, adults had higher-than-average diabetes rates.

Some rural areas hit hard with cancer deaths

Cancer claims millions of lives in the U.S. each year. Access to treatment, preventative care and screenings is a unique hardship for some people in rural areas.

Appalachian, Mississippi Delta regions ‘medically underserved’ for decades

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  La. among states in KFF report on disparities in COVID-19 vaccinations; Tulane public health expert weighs in

  New Orleans organization doles out over $1 million in grants to fight racial disparities

Biden opens ‘Obamacare’ window for uninsured as COVID rages

  Some African Americans reluctant to get COVID-19 tests; health leaders working to address problem

Favoritism some vaccine providers give to their customers must end, La. health officials warn

Health officials in Louisiana warned healthcare providers not to prioritize their own patients when distributing vaccines.

Rural parishes struggling to keep up with administering coronavirus vaccines

Rural parishes in Louisiana are struggling to keep up with the vaccine demands.

  Lower 9 residents welcome push for wider vaccine distribution

Lower 9 residents hope for wider distribution of coronavirus vaccines as push begins

According to study minorities less likely to get COVID-19 vaccine

The CDC says minorities have been more likely to have serious complications with COVID-19, but a number of studies say there are far less likely to get a vaccine. However, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is hoping to change that for minority groups.

Gray Television to use Google funding toward health coverage in Mississippi Delta, Appalachia

The Mississippi Delta and Appalachia both fare far worse than the national average in health indicators and outcomes. The project will explore why health disparities exist, with a focus on long term and sustainable solutions.

  Tulane, Xavier work to address COVID-19 misperceptions in minority communities

The Louisiana program is part of a $12 million dollar NIH initiative that involves 10 other states.

  Doctor calls for changes as African Americans account for a disproportionate number of COVID-19 deaths

Public health experts say health care inequities among people of color were a problem long before COVID-19.

  Public health experts say COVID-19 has exposed the ugly truths of health disparities in the U.S.

Still public health and health policy experts say more must be done to achieve parity, in terms of access to healthcare in the U.S.

  COVID-19 pandemic could cause more financial suffering for low-income workers and the poor

Coronavirus-related government funds may not be enough to help low-income workers avoid moving closer to poverty.

  Why having diabetes may increase the risk for severe COVID-19 illness: LSU doctor explains

The CDC says having diabetes, including Type 1, Type 2, or gestational diabetes, may put people at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.