Department of Health and Hospitals
2008 Parish Health Profile
What are the Parish Health Profiles (PHP)? provide information on evidence-based
The PHPs provide information to help promote research and best practices to improve
and improve health outcomes in communities. health conditions reflected by those
They are tools that can be used to develop indicators.
policy, write grants, develop new initiatives, What’s new for the 2008 PHP?
improve existing programs, and assist in Hurricanes Katrina and Rita changed
evaluation efforts for developing and maintaining demographics and other important factors which
“healthy communities.” The first PHP was influence health indicators. Data for population
published in 1992 with subsequent publications shifts, changing health determinants,
in 2000 and 2005. environmental and economic factors have been
PHP Mission greatly affected by the unprecedented storms of
The PHPs are published by the Louisiana 2005. The new PHP will attempt to address these
Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of factors and provide information for individuals to
Public Health. The development of this make informed decisions about their community’s
information supports the health. The development of the
DHH OPH mission to PHP is being guided by a
educate communities and multidisciplinary steering
promote health by collecting committee and will include
and distributing information recommendations obtained
that helps people to make through statewide community
informed decisions on meetings.
matters related to individual,
Why we need the
environmental health. community?
Communities want to know that
policymakers “respect their
The goals defined for the Health profiles are experiences and knowledge” as
PHP are to: produced for each
decisions are being made about
Publish the PHPs parish in Louisiana.
their well-being. Policymakers
by spring 2009
and planners are custodians of public dollars and
Disseminate information about most
work to continuously preserve the trust of the
relevant health indicators in accordance
public about the good intentions of their
with current literature, community needs
decisions. Communities must be given the
and data availability.
opportunity to participate in the planning process
Develop an interactive, user-friendly
to help determine what indicators are needed
website for the comparison of national,
and how data will be used.
state, and parish data through
customized reports If you have any questions regarding 2008 PHP please
To develop a tool that informs individuals contact Anshoo Kumar at 225-342-4481 or send and email
about parish health indicators and to email@example.com.