Louisiana Center for Health Equity Summit is Back in Person for 2023 with Impressive Lineup of Keynote Speakers

Sept. 25, 2023
For more information, contact Ernie Ballard, ernie.ballard@pbrc.edu, 225-263-2677

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Center for Health Equity (LCHE) is committed to advancing health equity and well-being for all Louisianans. LCHE works to eliminate health disparities that are a result of multiple disadvantages. After conducting the summit virtually, the past few years due to COVID-19, the summit is back in person.

There is a growing need to address health inequities in our state, especially as Louisiana remains at the bottom of the list when it comes to the healthiest states in the nation. With multiple national stories about the poor state of maternal health in Louisiana, putting a focus on women and children was a top priority for this year’s summit. The two-day summit, in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Health and Pennington Biomedical, will explore innovative approaches and strategies to improve the health and well-being of our communities. The overall purpose of the health summit is to expand collaboration and engagement on LA40by2030, our bold vision of improving health outcomes and the quality of life for Louisiana children and families. The goal of our collective work is for Louisiana to rank in the top 40 for health outcomes by 2030. This work includes identifying, developing, and promoting practices and policies to support children and families.


WHEN: October 3 – 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm; October 4 – 8:30 am – 3:30 pm


     2328 Irene Dr. Baton Rouge, LA 70808

     Register here 

WHO: Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and Senior Fellow and Adjunct Associate Professor, Morehouse School of Medicine and Commissioner, O’Neill-Lancet Commission on Racism, Structural Discrimination, and Global Health

Jahmal Miller, MHA, DHL, Chief Administrative Officer, Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group and President & Founder of Aequitas Innovations, Inc., Health Equity Influencer  

 LaQuandra S. Nesbitt, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Center for Population Health Sciences and Health Equity, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, George Washington University

Alma Stewart Allen, RN, MS, CCHC, President & Founder, Louisiana Center for Health Equity

 Doris Brown, MS, MEd, Assistant Secretary, Office of Public Health, Louisiana Department of Health

Jennifer Avegno, MD, Director, New Orleans Health Department

 About Louisiana Center for Health Equity

The Louisiana Center for Health Equity is dedicated to advancing health equity to improve the overall health and well-being of all Louisianans. LCHE works to eliminate health and healthcare disparities attributed to structural, institutional, or social disadvantages. Established in January 2010, LCHE is a statewide nonpartisan nonprofit organization with IRS status as a 501 (C) (3) tax exempt public charity.

About the Pennington Biomedical Research Center

The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is at the forefront of medical discovery as it relates to understanding the triggers of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and dementia. The Center architected the national “Obecity, USA” awareness and advocacy campaign to help solve the obesity epidemic by 2040. The Center conducts basic, clinical, and population research, and is affiliated with LSU.

The research enterprise at Pennington Biomedical includes over 480 employees within a network of 40 clinics and research laboratories, and 13 highly specialized core service facilities. Its scientists and physician/scientists are supported by research trainees, lab technicians, nurses, dietitians, and other support personnel. Pennington Biomedical a state-of-the-art research facility on a 222-acre campus in Baton Rouge.

For more information, see www.pbrc.edu.

Pennington Biomedical Research Center
6400 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70808