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.
Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.
Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?
Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.
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