NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - On Friday Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced the appointment of Dr. Jennifer Avegno to serve as the Director of the New Orleans Department of Health.
"Dr. Avegno brings tremendous experience and a deep commitment to helping people to her new role as our City's Health Director," said Mayor Cantrell.
A New Orleans native, Avegno is currently the Director of the Division of Community Health Relations & Engagement at LSU Emergency Medicine. She also serves in overlapping capacities as an academic faculty member and staff physician throughout New Orleans.
Her clinical, program and research interests include the role of social determinants of health, particularly access and barriers to care; health equity; violence intervention/prevention; sexual assault and human trafficking; and homelessness.
Dr. Avegno received her M.D. from LSU School of Medicine - New Orleans, Master of Arts in Sociology from Tulane University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. She completed her residency at LSU/Charity Hospital Emergency Medicine.