The Institute for Value-Based Medicine from The American Journal of Managed Care Hosts Event to Address Food Insecurity, Obesity and Chronic Conditions in Louisiana

November 3, 2023

This free in-person event will be held in partnership with Ochsner Health and Healthy State

For more information, contact Joe Coussan,, 225-763-3049

American Journal of Managed CareBATON ROUGE – The American Journal of Managed Care, or AJMC, the leading multimedia peer-reviewed journal dedicated to issues in managed care, is proud to announce an exciting and insightful event, “Advancing Innovations in Wellness and Food Security to Address Obesity and Chronic Conditions in Louisiana.” The dinner conference will take place in partnership with Ochsner Health and Healthy State on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Westin New Orleans.

The Institute for Value-Based Medicine, or IVBM, is renowned for promoting value-based care and advancing healthcare practices. This upcoming event brings together panels of distinguished healthcare and community experts who will delve into the latest innovations of value-based care. Together, they will discuss ways to address food insecurity, obesity and chronic conditions, which are major challenges in Louisiana.

“Value-based care is crucial to the future of healthcare, and AJMC’s IVBM events allow experts to highlight best practices for each region,” said Mike Hennessy Jr., president and CEO of MJH Life Sciences, parent company of AJMC. “Ochsner Health and partners are perfect for this event, as their shared Healthy State initiative shares the common goal of advancing communities through population health.”

Nearly one in five people in Louisiana live in poverty, and one out of every seven families do not have enough to eat every day. Lacking access to nutritional food can lead to or worsen chronic conditions, or those that require ongoing medical attention. The number of people living with two or more chronic conditions has increased over the last two decades and become a leading cause of premature death in Louisiana.

Food access and prevention of chronic disease are priorities for Healthy State, a unified collaboration of 35 organizations coming together to address pressing problems impacting community wellbeing in Louisiana. A key member is Pennington Biomedical Research Center, a campus of Louisiana State University and leader at the forefront of medical discoveries related to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and dementia.

"Primary care is a cornerstone of medical care in the U.S., and through a lens of health equity, Healthy State partners are collaborating to bring more preventative coverage for chronic conditions like obesity and diabetes,” said Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk, associate executive director of Population and Public Health Sciences at Pennington. “Attendees can expect to hear healthcare experts discuss cutting-edge innovations in wellness and food security, as well as approaches to care that make substantial impact for communities in Louisiana.”

Highlights include:

  • Introduction: Louisiana's State of the State on Wellness, Obesity and Food Security
    • Eboni Price-Haywood, M.D., MPH, MMM, FACP, system medical director of Healthy State and Ochsner Xavier Institute for Health Equity and Research
  • Innovations in Obesity Medicine, Treatment of Chronic Disease and Prevention Strategy
    • Moderator:
      • Peter T. Katzmarzyk, Ph.D., FACSM, FAHA, FTOS, associate executive director of Population and Public Health Sciences at Pennington Biomedical Research Center


  • Denise Holston, Ph.D., M.Sc., RDN, LDN; assistant professor, School of Nutrition and Food Sciences, LSU AgCenter
  • Franck LaBiche, J.D.; human resources director at Laitram
  • Candice Myers, Ph.D., MS; assistant professor of Research, Population and Public Health, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
    Katie Queen, M.D., pediatrician, Our Lady of the Lake
  • The Eat Fit Example: How to Improve Without Sacrificing Culture
    • Molly Kimball, R.D., CSSD
  • Using Innovation in Value-Based Initiatives to Tackle Diabetes and Save Costs
    • Beau Raymond, M.D., MMM, FACP; chief medical officer for Ochsner Health Network
    • Julie Henry, MBA, chief operating officer of Ochsner Digital Medicine
  • How to Work Across Sectors to Scale Food Access Initiatives, Improve Nutrition and Achieve Wellness Education in Local Communities

    • Moderator:
      • Christy Reeves, MBA, MLIS, vice president, Community Engagement & Impact at Ochsner Health


  • Pat Van Burkleo; executive director, Feeding Louisiana
  • Pavan Chava, D.O., FACE; endocrinologist, Ochsner Health
  • Susannah Craig, Ph.D.; deputy commissioner for Strategic Planning and Student Success, Board of Regents
  • John Spain, senior advisor, Baton Rouge Area Foundation

Partnering with Ochsner Health, an integrated healthcare system with a mission to serve, heal, lead, educate and innovate, this event promises to be a landmark occasion in the ongoing efforts to improve healthcare in Louisiana.

“Healthy State and Ochsner are committed to improving the overall health of Louisiana by focusing on key priority areas, including food access, obesity rates and physical activity. By focusing on health equity and population health, we have created an ambitious plan to improve the quality of life for the communities we serve,” said event co-chair Eboni Price-Haywood, MD, MPH, MMM, FACP, system medical director of Healthy State and OXIHER. “We’re excited to partner with AJMC® to bring the IVBM series to New Orleans as we work to create better lives for individuals and families throughout the state.”

To learn more about the event and register, visit the registration page.

About Ochsner Health
Ochsner Health is an integrated healthcare system with a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate. Celebrating more than 80 years of service, it leads nationally in cancer care, cardiology, neurosciences, liver and kidney transplants and pediatrics, among other areas. Ochsner is consistently named both the top hospital and top children’s hospital in Louisiana by U.S. News & World Report. The not-for-profit organization is inspiring healthier lives and stronger communities through its Healthy State initiative, a bold and collaborative plan to realize a healthier Louisiana. Its focus is on preventing diseases and providing patient-centered care that is accessible, affordable, convenient and effective. Ochsner Health pioneers new treatments, deploys emerging technologies and performs groundbreaking research, including 4,000 patients enrolled in 685 clinical studies in 2022. It has more than 37,000 employees and over 4,700 employed and affiliated physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties. It operates 46 hospitals and more than 370 health and urgent care centers across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Gulf South; and its cutting-edge Connected Health digital medicine program is caring for patients beyond its walls. In 2022, Ochsner Health treated more than 1.4 million people from every state and 62 countries. As Louisiana’s top healthcare educator of physicians, Ochsner Health and its partners educate thousands of healthcare professionals annually. To learn more, visit

About Healthy State
Healthy State is a partnership of 36 organizations whose purpose is to inspire healthier lives and stronger communities. To realize a more equitable and a healthier Louisiana, Ochsner Health unveiled a bold plan to engage with organizations from every sector and corner of the state with the vision to improve the health and wellness of our communities by bringing resources to underserved communities; better understanding the impact of health and social conditions; utilizing data, technology and innovation to improve outcomes; and investing in Louisiana’s economic growth and workforce. To learn more, visit

About The American Journal of Managed Care
The American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) is a multimedia, peer-reviewed, MEDLINE-indexed journal that keeps industry leaders on the forefront of health policy by sharing digital research relevant to industry decision-makers. Other brands in the AJMC family include The American Journal of Accountable Care and Evidence-Based Oncology. These comprehensive, multimedia brands bring together views from payers, providers, policymakers and other industry leaders in managed care. AJMC is a brand of MJH Life Sciences, the largest privately held, independent, full-service medical media company in North America dedicated to delivering trusted healthcare news across multiple channels.

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

Della Hasselle, Ochsner Health                 

Lauren Garafola, MJH Life Sciences