Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals 2008 Parish Health Profile Fact Sheet 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 community, and environmental health. community? Communities want to know that Goals 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.
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