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Panelist Bio


Rudy Macklin
Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports

Rudy Macklin was appointed by governor Edwin Edwards to serve as director of the Louisiana Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (1992) and was later hand-picked to establish the state’s first minority health office under governor Mike Foster called, the Louisiana Bureau of Minority Health Access and Promotions (1996) to minimize health disparities among underserved racial and ethnic populations in the state through collaboration, advocacy, and education, and to promote culturally competent programs aimed at improving access to health care services. He also served as director of staff for the Louisiana Minority Health Affairs Commission and the Louisiana Health Disparities Commission both established by the Louisiana Legislature.

He later went on to publish Louisiana’s first health disparities report called, “From Disparity to Parity” in 1997 and at the same time with his sports and athletic background, Rudy established Louisiana’s official state games with more than fifty amateur Olympic-style sporting events across Louisiana known as: “The Governor’s Games.” The Governor’s Games has more than 35,000 participants annually.

Rudy designated the month of April as “Minority Health Month” in Louisiana to conduct a high visibility, health promotion and disease campaign where community groups, faith-based organizations, regional and local health departments and other public and private entities conduct health-related activities which may include health screenings, educational events, health fairs or assessments relating to HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, cancer, obesity prevention and infant mortality.

He went on to establish the state’s first Fitness Assessment testing program in 2001 for elementary and middle school students in Louisiana and created a statewide employee wellness campaign called, “How to Establish Low-Budget Employee Wellness Programs.”

In 2005 shortly after hurricane Katrina, Rudy organized and coordinated “Operation Safe Re-entry” to determine the health status of minority communities, facilitate preventive and post care through support victims devastated by natural disasters. He co-founded the “Community Preparedness Response Network” (CPRN) in partnership with the Chahta Native American Tribe that is designed to assist low-income communities with establishing their own community emergency preparedness plan in the event of a natural disaster or pandemic flu outbreak. The CPRN provides hard-to-reach populations a point of contact during natural disasters or pan flu outbreak and make available resources to assist them with relief and recovery efforts specific for their communities.

Rudy’s most recent venture is the “Own Your Own Health” (OYOH) program which is a physical activity and nutrition tracking program designed to help people in racial and ethnic communities combat obesity and its related chronic illnesses by taking small but effective steps to eat right and exercise daily. OYOH encourages people of diverse populations in Louisiana to develop healthy activity and eating habits. Participants can earn points by achieving milestones in accumulated activity; losing weight through a healthy, appropriate diet and physical activity; and by increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption.

For the past twenty-three years, Rudy has served as an adviser to the Louisiana Department of Health and the Legislature on health policy issues affecting health status and access among underserved immigrants, refugees and various racial/ethnic populations.

Rudy is a graduate of Louisiana State University and was a former NBA Basketball player with the Atlanta Hawks, the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Current Topic


     05/18 - News About the News

How can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference?
According to the 2018 Louisiana Survey, when it comes to trusting news organizations, more Louisiana residents put their faith in local media than national media outlets. Despite that trust, only 36 percent of the state’s news consumers say local news deals fairly with both sides.

So, why is there so much mistrust of the news media? What role has the downsizing of traditional media played in creating a gap in coverage and possibly, community trust? Where are consumers primarily getting their news? And, how can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “News about the News” airing Wednesday, May 23 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, May 22)

Our panelists are:
• Len Apcar, Wendell Gray Switzer Jr. Endowed Chair in Media Literacy, LSU Manship School
• Jarvis DeBerry, Deputy Opinion Editor, New Orleans Times-Picayune
• Peter Kovacs, Editor, The Advocate
• Lance Porter, Director, LSU Social Media Analysis & Creation Lab

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and journalist and political historian, Bob Mann moderate the discussion. The program features interviews with Michael Henderson, director of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab; Ray Pingree, Associate Professor wth the LSU Manship School of Communication; John DeSantis, Senior Staff Writer for The Houma Times and Judi Terzotis, president of The Advocate.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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