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Children’s Health Matters | December 2020 | Louisiana Public Square

According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2020 Kids Count report, Louisiana ranks 48th for the health of its children. Contributing to the low ranking is the percentages of low birth-weight babies, accidental deaths and obese children which exceed the national average. Louisiana also has among the highest death rate for pregnant women in the U.S.

So, how is Louisiana addressing these issues among one of its more vulnerable populations? And how is the state handling the mental health challenges of children and families dealing with poverty, natural disasters and the pandemic? Louisiana Public Square brings together members of the medical community to answer these questions and more on “Children’s Health Matters.”

The episode featured a dynamic interactive survey where viewers can react during the broadcast or while viewing online.

Text “health” to 415-223-8013 or visit during the program to share your thoughts.

Look for the launch of the LPB children’s health series, “One to Grow On” in January.

Our panelists will be:

Segment One: Prenatal Care

  • Terrie Thomas, MD; Woman’s Hospital
  • Lauren Bailey, MD; Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health, Lafayette

Segment Two: Wellness

  • Katie Queen, MD; Our Lady of the Angels, Bogalusa
  • Chelsea Kracht, PhD; Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Segment Three: Safety Concerns

  • Jamar Melton, MD; The Baton Rouge Clinic
  • Alisa Stevens; SWLA Center for Health Services, Lake Charles

Segment Four: Mental Health

  • Gigi Dunn, MD; Physician Educator
  • Anna C. J. Long, PhD; LSU Department of Psychology

The program features interviews with Teresa Falgoust, “Kids Count” Coordinator with Agenda for Children; and Rene Guilbeau with Children’s Hospital of New Orleans.

Beth Courtney, LPB CEO, and Marvin McGraw, who works with the Division of Administration and formerly handled PR for LSU Health, host.

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

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