NEW ORLEANS –Today, Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced the appointment of Dr. Jennifer Avegno to serve as the Director of the New Orleans Department of Health.

“Dr. Avegno brings tremendous experience and a deep commitment to helping people to her new role as our City’s Health Director,” said Mayor Cantrell.

“The work that has to be done is on the ground — and Dr. Avegno has been there as a partner with the City, as a strong voice for health equity. Addressing health disparities means embracing the full scope of what Public Health touches: housing, education, culture, and equality of opportunity. Jennifer has been an advocate for our most vulnerable communities. Her leadership and experience will be an asset for the Health Department.”

A New Orleans native, Dr. Avegno is currently the Director of the Division of Community Health Relations & Engagement at LSU Emergency Medicine. She also serves in overlapping capacities as an academic faculty member and staff physician throughout New Orleans.

Her clinical, program and research interests include the role of social determinants of health, particularly access and barriers to care; health equity; violence intervention/prevention; sexual assault and human trafficking; and homelessness.

Dr. Avegno received her M.D. from LSU School of Medicine — New Orleans, Master of Arts in Sociology from Tulane University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. She completed her residency at LSU/Charity Hospital Emergency Medicine.


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