Health Blog

The Department of Health is launching a new blog! Follow us at ladepthealth.blogspot.com for the latest updates on what our department is doing to improve the health of Louisiana residents.

How Prevalent is Opioid Abuse?

Opioid abuse is a problem in Louisiana where almost all indicators…addiction to opioid medications, overdose deaths, emergency room admissions and over-prescribing…are evidence of the problem.

Healthy Louisiana Coverage

Medicaid Expansion is now making Healthy Louisiana a reality. Since beginning enrollment on July 1, 2016 for working adults who are now eligible for health care coverage, hundreds of thousands of people have signed up for coverage and are now getting primary care and screenings that prevent serious illnesses and costly treatments.

Visit our dashboard for enrollment details and statistics.

What is Zika virus?

Zika virus is an infectious disease spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week.

Health Data Portal

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) Office of Public Health’s (OPH) mission is to protect and promote the health and wellness of all individuals and communities in Louisiana. In support of this mission, this data portal was developed to enable health, environmental, population and exposure information and data to be viewed and analyzed in one place.

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Recent News
June 07, 2017
Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the Trump Administration’s Office of Inspector General Department of Health and Human Services audit has found that Louisiana’s Medicaid program has complied with the federal fraud reporting requirements, has the proper procedures in place to report fraud and is not in need of any recommendations for improvement. Louisiana is one of only four states to pass this audit since 2014.
June 07, 2017
Beginning on Memorial Day, Americans have started heading to the pools as the unofficial start of the swimming season is underway. But, a new survey reveals that there may be more in the pool than just water.
June 05, 2017
The Department of Health has awarded a $13 million loan to St. Bernard Waterworks. The loan is through the State’s Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund, and will help the water system improve its drinking water quality.
May 16, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards has received a letter from the Trump administration notifying the state that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has fully lifted the federal moratorium on the authorization of new vendors in the Louisiana Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
May 15, 2017
The State now has more funding to fight the opioid epidemic. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded the Louisiana Department of Health a grant to target and reduce opioid abuse across the state. The State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant is funded at $8,167,971 a year for two years.
May 10, 2017
Some Louisiana residents who are employed but currently receive their health care coverage under Medicaid may now be eligible for a program that will allow them to afford coverage from their employer.