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New Orleans Health Department Releases Community Health Assessment

NEW ORLEANS – On Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2019, the City of New Orleans Health Department (NOHD) presented the most recent New Orleans Community Health Assessment to show the current state of health in our city. This document combines a variety of quantitative and qualitative data to identify improvements in the city’s health and gaps that need to be prioritized over the next five years. To roll out the Community Health Assessment, NOHD and the New Orleans Business Alliance hosted a first cross-sector collaboration with health system partners: LCMC Health, Ochsner Health System, Humana and other participating entities.

“The Community Health Assessment determines the priorities for improving health in our City and shows us where we need to focus attention. This year’s assessment illustrates that the health of New Orleans residents is different depending on your race and the neighborhood where you live. It shows that access to healthcare has greatly improved over the past five years, but that social determinants of health such as housing, transportation, neighborhood conditions, education and income level are the greatest barriers for improving health for many of our residents,” said Health Director Dr. Jennifer Avegno.

The full New Orleans Community Health Assessment can be found at www.nola.gov/health. Community health assessments are completed by all accredited health departments every five years to determine health priorities. Over the next few months, the New Orleans Health Department will be seeking input from community partners and residents to develop a meaningful improvement plan to address the most critical gaps as identified in this plan.

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About New Orleans Health Department

The mission of the nationally accredited New Orleans Health Department (NOHD) is to protect, promote, and improve the health of all where we live, learn, work and play. NOHD is committed to building a healthy New Orleans through equitable social and environmental conditions and through policies, programs and partnerships that promote health. Learn more at www.nola.gov/health.

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