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Panelist Bio


Dr. Gary M. Wiltz
Chief Executive Officer of Teche Action Clinic in Franklin, Louisiana

Dr. Gary M. Wiltz is the Chief Executive Officer of Teche Action Clinics, a network of ten Federally Qualified Community Health Centers located in six parishes in southwest Louisiana, with the main site in Franklin. Prior to his appointment as CEO in May 2003, Dr. Wiltz held the position of Medical Director since his arrival at Teche Action Clinic in 1982, as part of an obligated service to the National Health Service Corp (NHSC). Dr. Wiltz is immediate past Chair of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), an organization that represents over 9,000 clinics serving over 28 million people nationwide. He is a Board Certified Internist.

Dr. Wiltz has held many positions of leadership at the local, state and national level including the Chairman of the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) of Louisiana and President of the Southwest AHEC; Chairman of the Louisiana Primary Care Association; and Board Member and Chairman of the National Advisory Council for the NHSC. He also served on Former Governors Mike Foster and Kathleen Blanco’s Health Care Transition Teams more recently he served as co-chair of Governor John Bel Edwards Health Care Transition Team.

Among his many honors, Dr. Wiltz was named Medical Director of the Year 1994-95 by the Louisiana Primary Care Association, and in 1996 was selected as one of only ten national recipients of the Robert Wood Johnson’s prestigious Community Health Leadership Award.

Dr Wiltz also serves as an assistant Clinical Professor in Internal Medicine at both Tulane and Louisiana State University Schools of Medicine. In 2000, he was featured on the Discovery Health Channel in their presentation of “Bayou Medicine.” He has also been a guest on C-SPAN, featured in USA TODAY and on NPR.

Dr. Wiltz is a native New Orleanean, and received his medical school education at Tulane University School of Medicine.

Current Topic


     01/18 - Early Education Matters

Should early childhood education be a priority?
It’s estimated that issues with early childhood education cost the state economy more than $1 billion per year. Business professionals and politicians agree that there is a severe lack of access to high-quality child care in the state. But with the state facing a $1 billion budget shortfall, can funds be found to make this a priority?

Louisiana School Finder, a first-of-its-kind performance guide on early care and education centers is a useful tool for parents seeking care for their children. Can it also be a mechanism to improve performance? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Early Education Matters” January 24th at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:

· Melanie Bronfin, La. Policy Institute for Children

· Rep. Stephen Carter, R-Baton Rouge; Education Committee

· Stephen Waguespack, La. Assoc. of Business & Industry

· Supt. John White, La. Dept. of Education

Barry Erwin, CEO of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) moderates the discussion.

The program includes interviews with Belinda Creel Davis, Ph.D., with the LSU Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs and co-author of the Losing Ground study of childcare issues and workforce productivity in Louisiana; Melinda George, Child Care Assistance Manager with the La. Dept. of Education; Brigitte Nieland, V.P. for Workforce and Education for the La. Assoc. of Business & Industry: and Shawanda Jefferson, a mother whose improved employment status has put her Child Care Assistance Program benefits in jeopardy.
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