public health

Red River Radio
11:40 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Louisiana tops the nation on number of obese adults

Louisiana is tied for the fattest state in the nation, with an adult obesity rate of almost 35 percent. Mississippi falls behind by a fraction of a percentage, and Arkansas is very close behind. (Arkansas was the only state this year where obesity had a statistical increase.)

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Community
10:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Northshore Focus: Volunteers Of America Teams Up For Suicide Prevention

In the past three years combined, St. Tammany Parish has had 13 homicides. During that same period of time, more than 100 residents committed suicide. Rebecca Thees with Volunteers of America has been on the front line of the parish’s efforts to curb this growing crisis.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Free Medical Clinic Coincides With Essence Festival

Clinic executive director explains the scheduling change this year.

More than a thousand people are expected to get free medical care today from a non-profit setting up at the Convention Center. It was moved up earlier than usual this year because of the Essence Festival.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Free Health Clinic Set For Next Week

More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the health clinic sponsored by the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.

More than a thousand people without health insurance are expected to attend a free one-day clinic in New Orleans next week. It’s the fourth visit to the city by a national nonprofit since Hurricane Katrina.

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WRKF
8:45 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Pew Report Director On Dentist Shortage: 'Louisiana Is In Trouble'

A new report finds that Louisiana has the second worst dentist shortage in the nation. Because of this, many residents are not getting adequate dental care, especially children and people who live in rural areas.

The Pew Charitable Trusts examined the lack of access to dental care nationwide. The findings revealed a scarcity of dentists who participate in Medicaid. In Louisiana, the report comes as the state Department of Health and Hospitals is slashing reimbursement rates paid to dentists through the Medicaid program with the July 1start of the new fiscal year.

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Red River Radio
1:32 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Arc of Acadiana Northwest Continues Its Mission In Bossier City

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 2:59 pm

It’s been almost a year since the Arc of Acadiana was awarded the state contract to privatize a Bossier City residential facility for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A total of 390 employees of the former Northwest Supports and Services Center were invited to reapply for jobs. For director April Lee, it was not just about keeping her job. As the administrator, her house on the 100-acre grounds was on the line, too.

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Community
8:24 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Community Impact Series: Boat People SOS Helping Communities Recover From Katrina And BP Oil Spill

An organization formed to help people fleeing the Vietnam War establish themselves in the U.S. is now helping a Gulf Coast community deal with the impact of much more recent history.

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Love NOLA
4:26 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Love NOLA: One Step Forward In Mental Illness

NolaVie Commentator Brett Will Taylor

My, how we love our characters in New Orleans. Which is a good thing. 

Locals still talk about Ruthie the Duck Girl, even though she died in 2008. In my neighborhood of Tremé, we have a tall man with a scraggly beard who pushes a grocery cart around, having random conversations with a street corner. Or an empty can. 

We celebrate these characters. We tenderly laugh with them. But we don’t always see that, underneath the eccentricity that makes for a funny story, is often a mental illness that is anything but funny.

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Science & Health
7:37 am
Sun April 14, 2013

Study Asks if Apps Can Help Pregnant Women Control Weight Gain

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 12:08 pm

Dr. Karen Elkind-Hirsch is part of a group of researchers from Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Woman's Hospital who will be following 306 pregnant women with smartphones.

Dr. Karen Elkind-Hirsch, Pennington Biomedical Research Center

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Community
9:51 am
Wed March 13, 2013

New Orleans Awarded Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Roadmaps to Health Prize

The Fit NOLA program strives to make New Orleans one of the fittest cities in America by its 300th anniversary in 2018.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

New Orleans is one of six cities in the United States to receive the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Road Maps to Health Prize, a $25,000 award dedicated to improving health at the population level.

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