L e g i s l a t i ve A p p r e c i a t i o n D a y 2 0 0 7
A t t h e 2 0 0 7 L e g i s l a t i ve A p p r e c i a t i o n D a y c l o c k -
w i s e f r o m a b ov e S e n a t o r s N i c k G a u t h r e a u x ,
Ch e c k o u t t h e G e ra l d T h e u n i s s e n a n d D o n H i n e s e n j oy a
L P H A we b s i t e m o m e n t awa y f r om the S e n a t e f l o o r ; L P H A m e m -
b ers Al M ancuso and David G u i l b eau ente r t a i n
f or all LPHA R e p re s e nt at i ve W i l f red Pi e rr e ; memb ers of LW R A
n e ws , s e r v e u p t h e g r u b t o o u r g u e s t s ; R e p r e s e n t a t i ve
E l b e r t L e e G u i l l o r y a n d L e g i s l a t i ve A s s i s t a n t L e s l i e
i n fo r m at i o n , L eC r o i x e n j o y t h e p o p u l a r e v e n t .
and all LPHA
f o rms Event keeps growing
On May 27, 2007 LPHA and the
www.lpha.org Louisiana Rural Water Association
hosted a Legislative Appreciation Day
event. Over 75 Senators and
Representatives joined us to enjoy the
Inside great food, music, and conversation.
The event continues to grow every
year and this year the weather was
I t em Page very nearly perfect to pass a good
President’s Message 2 time. There were many compliments
APHA Rep’s Report 2 heard coming from the attendees.
Legislative Report 5 Members of the association made
Photos from 2007 6 sure that the legislators were supplied
conference with ample food and drink.
Financial Report 8 The music for the event was once
Section reports 7 again provided by “The
All in all it was a great success.
2 LPHA Highlights
M e s s a g e f rom the Pr e s i d e nt 2007 LPHA Governing Board
Chuck Methvien President - Ch u c k M e t hv i e n
Secretary/President Elect - M ittie Rohner
As your president, I would like APHA seeks Immediate Past President Ch e r y E w i n g
to thank each of you for your to build the First Vice President- R a c h e l B r uc e
many contributions toward our capacity of the Second Vice President- Ta m a ra M o rr i s
2007 LPHA Conference. I would nation’s 53 Treasurer- B e c k y St i t h
APHA Representative- Cl a i r M i l l e t
especially like to congratulate state and
Administration /Physicians Chair- D r. Ta Keisha Dav i s
Chery Ewing, our past president, regional public Allied Health Services Chair- Julie La n d r y
and the local arrangements com- health associa- Clerical/Statistical Chair- P a m M cN e i l
mittee for an excellent and very tions Environmental Chair- Tenney Si b l ey
successful educational conference Chuck M e t hv i e n (Affiliates)
Exhibits/Sponsors Chair- B a r b a ra Wo o d a rd
this year. and the grassroots policy network Laboratory Chair- B ett y Day
As we begin the 2007-2008 to improve our nation’s ability to Local Arrangements Chair- Jamie Roques
year, I anticipate a year that will respond to new and emerging Nursing Chair- B ev e r l y Le w i s
bring forth many new avenues for public health threats. LPHA can Retirees Chair- Cl i f f M u r p hy
LPHA as we strive toward collab- apply for up to $90,000 with Awards and Nominations Chair- Ch e r y E w i n g
Constitution and By-Laws Chair- L i s a Long f e l l ow
oration with the American Public funding provided by the W.K. Continuing Education Chair- G ail Hollins
Health Association (APHA). Kellogg Foundation. Also, during Finance Chair- L a rr y R i c h a rd
Mittie Rohner and I were fortu- our visit to Washington, D.C. we Legislative Chair- S a n d ra Ad a m s
nate to be able to attend the were privileged to meet with Membership Chair- Ida Gr r en
APHA, annual President/Elect Congressman Bobby Jindal, Public Relations Chair- Tenney Si b l ey
Conference in Washington, D.C. Senator David Vitter, and Senator Editorial Board/Publications Chair- S t ev e B a c k s t r o m
last month. During these meet- Mary Landrieu. Scholarship Chair- D r. S t ephen M a r t i n
ings, we obtained valuable infor- Throughout this year, the Insurance & Retirement Chair- Cl i f f M u r p hy
mation regarding APHA opera- LPHA Governing Council will be LSBES Representative- Ron King
LSBN Representative- M egan Lo u q u e
tions, LPHA’s role in APHA, and working diligently toward making
Webmaster- David T homas
APHA’s Memo of Understanding the 60th LPHA Educational Parliamentarian- L i s a Long f e l l ow
(MOU). We also gained exciting Conference, our Diamond year, a
information about the APHA memorable conference for all our
Affiliate Capacity Building members.
Initiative. Through this initiative, I’ll see you there! L P H A 2 0 0 8 E d u c a t i o n a l Co n f e r e n c e
Our 60th Annual Conference
A P H A R e p re s e nt at i ve’s rep o r t A p ril 15-18
Clair Millet Holiday Inn Select
A P H A Cu r r e n t I n i t i a t i ve s & eral and state joint program that is Baton Rouge, LA
N e ws B r i e f s f o r 2 0 0 7 : set to be reauthorized this year. In
Fe b r u a r y 2 2 , 2 0 0 7 its issue brief, APHA urges
The American Public Health Congress to ensure that all children
Association (APHA) released its eligible for SCHIP and Medicaid
blueprint for strengthening the can be covered by these programs,
nation’s pandemic preparedness. which collectively provide health
APHA recommends key changes to coverage to 34 million U.S. chil-
the nation’s strategy for preparing dren. During the past decade,
and responding to a flu pandemic to SCHIP, together with Medicaid, has
ensure the health and safety of all successfully reduced the rate of
individuals. Among its top concerns low-income children who are unin-
is the need for additional resources sured by one-third and improved A publication of the
for an already overburdened public their health status and outcomes. Yet
health work force that may lack the 9 million – or 12 percent – of the
Louisiana Public Health Association
resources to fully respond to a flu nation’s children remain uninsured,
outbreak. Other needs include clear and 75 percent of these children are
federal guidance on school closures, eligible for but are not enrolled in
quarantine and occupational health SCHIP and Medicaid.
S t ev e B a c k s t rom Editor
in the event of a pandemic. 2008 Meeting
M a rch 13, 2 0 0 7 The 2008 APHA Annual Meeting J a m i e R o q u e s Advisor
The American Public Health will be October 25-29, 2008 in San
Association (APHA) has made rec- Diego, CA (136th Meeting). The
ommendations for expanding health theme, as voted on by the APHA David T homas
coverage to uninsured children Governing Council at the 2006
through Medicaid and the State meeting, will be:”Public Health
Children’s Health Insurance without Borders”. L i s a Long f e l l ow Advisor
Program (SCHIP), a successful fed-
LPHA Highlights 4
L P H A S c h o l a r s h i p Applic a tion Co m m i t tee Rep o r t s
Cr i te ria and S elec tion Pr o ce d u re s
Eligibility : L o ca l A r r a n g e m e n t s R e p o r t
LPHA members or dependents, all section disciplines Over 525 members pre-registered their casino. Several attendees took
Cr i t e r i a :
for the conference and over 600 ice- advantage of this benefit.
Louisiana student in a Louisiana school, LPHA member or breaker tickets and 100 award ban- Members of the 2008 Conference
dependent, consideration of educational or financial need quet tickets were sold. On Local Arrangements Committee
E duc a t i o n Lev e l s :
Wednesday, local arrangements co- include:
Undergraduates must maintain required grade point average sponsored a hospitality suite with Registration:Cabrenia Thomas
(GPA) and may reapply for each year of a four year program. Rural Water. A Louisiana idol con- Decorations:Chery Ewing/
Graduate (includes doctoral) - university rules apply for GPA and test was held with several of the Debbie Treuil
admission criteria. regions and state office participat- Hospitality Suite:Al Mancuso,
Full time is usually considered to be 12 credit hours; part time ing. After the Louisiana idol con- Gary Cazabon, Mike Vidrine, David
will be considered as less than 12 credit hours, awards will be test, which was won by Region Guilbeau, Elizabeth Bracy, and
prorated accordingly; university definition will apply for part and One’s “Dreamgirls,” many stayed Suzanne Wall
full time students. for the dance where the IT/Audio Visual:Chris Vinson
A ca d e m i c R e q u i r e m e n t s :
Neighborhood Stars performed. Crawfish Boil:Mike Farace,
The course of study must be supportive of a public health relat- This was certainly a fun and enter- Steven Davis, Rayfield Jones, Silas
ed field. taining evening. Corkern, Steve Backstrom
M i n i m u m R e q u i rement s :
On Thursday, local arrangements Bowling Tournament:Tenney
Currently enrolled in an accredited college or university sponsored a lunch that was served Sibley
Two personal references — one from an academic advisor and to all those registered. Later that Golf Tournament:Lance
one from a non-related LPHA member evening, transportation was provid- Broussard
Must maintain at least a GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point system ed by the Hollywood Casino to Door Prizes:Melissa Guillory
M inimum G r a d u at e R e q u i rement s :
bring members back and forth to
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) 1000 for the first semester
GPA 3.0 on a 4-point system
M i n i m u m D o ct o ra l Lev e l R e q u i r e m e n t s : To renew your LPHA memb ership
GRE 1000 or above
GPA 3.0 on a 4-point system for course work
See the Membership Form at
Comply with Institutional requirements www. l p h a . o rg
s e r h e
Opens the door with the foot
instead of re-contaminating
s y g e
hands by touching the handle..
LPHA Highlights 5
2 0 0 7 L e g i s l a t i ve S e s s i o n r e p o r t HB 542 Walker Creates LA Children and Youth Health Insurance
Program as separate program from LaChip and Medicaid; serves children
between 200 and 300% of poverty; provides for 12 months of eligibility; allows
The session ended on June 28 engineer the vital records system,
for electronic application process; will require monthly premiums, co-pays and
after all available funds were spent. $2 million for the nurse family part- coinsurance excluding co-pays for well baby and well child care; places premi-
In addition to pay raises for those nership program, $599,607 for a ums in Health Care Redesign Fund.; provides that DHH consult with child serv-
whose pay is tied to the state budg- special salary entrance rate for lab ing organizations in the rulemaking process.
et, major investments in health, eco- employees, and $2.5 million for the HB 573 Morrish Renames developmental centers to “supports and serv-
nomic development, highways, edu- LA emergency response network. ices center” to more accurately reflect services provided.
cation and hurricane recovery, the OPH lost $500,000 from the base HB 579 St. Germain Creates the Cigarette Fire Safety and
members managed to infuse some budget on the House Floor when Firefighter Protection Act.
$60 million in ‘member amend- Rep. Beard authored an amendment HB 602 Jackson, M Provides relative to health care data reporting;
provides for powers and duties of OPH; requires electronic release of patient
ments’ into the various appropria- to move funds from OPH to the
claims and encounter data; creates the Health Data Advisory Panel.
tions bills. Most of these amend- Governor’s Program on Abstinence. HB 603 Curtis Provides for sprinkler systems replacement in nursing
ments go to local governments and He suggested that federal funds for home facilities.
local non-profit corporations rather this program would not continue. HB 614 Beard Prohibits partial birth abortion.
than state agencies. Despite best Later in the session when it HB 615 Alario Appropriates $414 million to the Medical Assistance
efforts, a number of statewide initia- appeared that federal funds will be Trust Fund and $120 million to the Health Redesign Fund.
tives that we sought funding for appropriated for abstinence, a fur- HB 636 Williams Includes the public administrator as a person
were not addressed. Those include ther amendment was added to pre- who may obtain a copy of a confidential death certificate relative to the vital sta-
the 211 system, birth defects sur- vent the transfer if that occurs. tistics law.
HB 643 Romero, Errol Limits civil liability for the Southern Mutual
veillance, further expansion of Copies of the bills can be
Help Assn., Catholic Charities, PRC Compassion, Inc. and United Way organiza-
school health clinics, and colorectal obtained from the state website at tions that provide hurricane evacuation assistance or services; also limits liability
screening. www.legis.state.la.us for health care providers that gratuitously render health care services in commu-
OPH gained $2.3 million to re- nity health clinics or community pharmacies during or after evacuation.
HB 682 Johns Expands prescriptive authority for optometrists.
Legislation of Possible Interest to LPHA HB 727 Alexander, E Provides for a limitation of liability for
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
HB 1 Alario Provides the ordinary operating expenses of the state. HB 758 Montgomery Authorizes parishes and municipalities to regu-
HB 25 Crowe Requires the inclusion of a specific statement related to late odors.
fetal pain and availability of anesthesia for fetus as part of informed consent for HB 765 Alario Provides for supplemental appropriations for Fiscal Year
abortion; requires that woman be offered option of reviewing ultrasound image 2006-2007; Appropriates $1.9 billion of surplus funds (over the cap) for operat-
of the unborn child. ing and capital outlay. Operating: $13 million for North LA LSUHSC/Rural
HB 178 Doerge Defines newborn as not more than 30 days old; adds to Hospital Medical Home Network (SB 111 that failed); $30 million for Phase 1
definition of prenatal neglect “exposure to chronic or severe use of alcohol” in of statewide electronic medical records system for state public hospitals; $1 mil-
addition to “unlawful use of any controlled dangerous substance or in a manner lion for LSU-Shreveport for prmary care practice management program. Capital
not lawfully prescribed.” Outlay: $2.5 million for Tulane Primate Center; $5 million for Pennington
HB 213 Johns Provides for penalties for “doctor shopping” of pre- Clinical Research Facility; $3.7 million for Feist-Weiller Cancer Research Center
scriptions for controlled dangerous substances and Carisoprodol. in Shreveport; $2.5 million for major acquisitions and medical equipment for
HB 246 McDonald Provides for the certification of medication atten- LSU-Shreveport; $74.5 million for planning, land acquisition, and contruction of
dants to work in licensed nursing homes until August 1, 2011. Medical Center of LA at New Orleans; $41.5 million for community primary
HB 318 Walker Allows Medicaid to seek reimbursement from health health care clinics planning, acquisition, and construction; $9 million for plan-
insurers up to thirty-six months from the date of service for claims paid for ning, construction, expansion and renovation of rural health clinics; $27 million
recipients who have other insurance coverage. for new psych hospital in Pineville; $15 million for medical facility and land,
HB 412 Crane Changes the Louisiana Social Work Practice Act. acquisition, planning, construction and renovations for LSU-HCSD in Baton
HB 422 Smith, Jane H. Provides relative to persons qualified to with- Rouge; $38 million for cancer consortium facilities.
draw blood to determine the alcoholic content or presence of certain substances HB 770 Salter Defines scope of practice of podiatry.
relative to tests for suspected drunken driving. HB 774 Alario Provides for certain supplemental appropriations for
HB 450 Burns Establishes the Department of Health and Hospitals’ Fiscal Year 2006-2007; includes $4.5 million for Access to Recovery.
Facility Support Fund to provide with respect to the proceeds from the sale or HB 784 Barrow Provides for clinical social workers to qualify as
lease of property operated by DHH. Medicaid providers
HB 479 Gray Provides potential participation of the nongovernmental HB 796 Gray Provides with respect to the administrative adjudication
nonprofit organization LA Family Recovery Corps as part of the state’s response of public health, housing, fire code, environmental, and historic violations.
to public emergencies and disasters. HB 837 Baudoin Authorizes the LA Board of Medical Examiners to cer-
HB 512 Curtis Changes the definition of venereal disease by adding tify acupuncture detoxification specialists.
“any other infectious disease primarily transmitted from one person to another HB 883 LaFonta Provides for the powers, duties, and functions of the
by means of a sexual act”; requires reporting of venereal disease in conformance LA Diabetes Initiatives Council.
with the LA Sanitary Code. Makes HIV testing for pregnant women standard of HB 953 Alario Supplemental Appropriations Bill for 2006-07: spends
care to be performed under general informed consent for medical care on the $84 million available under the cap: $100,000 for admin costs for the Disability
same basis as other tests (eliminates requirement for separate informed consent) Eligibility Program; $8.01 million in private providers program for Disability
but allows patient to opt out of the testing; provides that routine HIV diagnostic Eligibility Program; $2,432,358 in UCC for rural hospitals; $3,445,312 for LSU-
testing can be offered to persons as part of a routine medical screening in health Shreveport; $8,026,512 to rebase ICF reimbursement; reduces $2.5 million in
care settings under general informed consent but allows patient to opt out; speci- SGF from OPH; $678,910 for provider fee increases at OCDD; $7,000,886 of
fies that OPH will develop rules for HIV testing in their programs. SGF for operating expenses at LSU Shreveport and $5,226,079 for EA Conway;
HB 523 Thompson Prohibits pharmacists from issuing a prescription reduces LSUHSC-NO by $8,496,000; adds $16,592,010 for HCSD.
solely on the results of an electronic questionnaire.
S ee S e s s i o n , page 10
LPHA Highlights 6
2 0 0 7 A n n u a l E d u c a t i o n a l Co n f e r e n c e i n p i c t u r e s
P r e s i d e n t C h e r y Ewing c a l l s t o o r d e r t h e B a t o n R o u g e M a y o r M e l v i n “ K i p” H o l d e n L a ke C h a r l e s M a y o r R a n d y Ew i n g s p e a k s
2 0 0 7 L P H A A n n u a l E d u c a t i o n a l Co n f e r e n c e. we l c o m e s t h e a t t e n d e e s t o B a t o n R o u g e . o n t h e s t at e of emergenc y p re p a re d n e s s.
Ch e r y E w i n g a n d M i t t i e R o h n e r w e l c o m e A P H A P r e s i d e n t
D r. D eb o rah Klein Wa l ke r a s key n o te sp e a ker fo r t h e f i r s t
p l e n a r y s e s s i o n o f t h e c o n f e r e n c e.
DHH S ecre t a r y, Fr ed Ce rise accepts an awa rd f rom the Cent er fo r
Co m m u n i t y Pr e p a re d n e s s f rom OPH As s i s t a nt S ecre t a r y, S h a ron
H owa rd and St at e H ealth O f f i ce r, D r. J i m my G u i d r y.
I m m e d i a t e Pa s t P r e s i d e n t D i a n e H a r g r ov e - R o b e r s o n p r e s -
e n t s t h e p r e s i d e n t awa r d t o o u t g o i n g L P H A P r e s i d e n t
C h e r y E w i n g.
D r. J i m my G u i d r y g i ves his O u t g o i n g Pr e s i d e n t C h e r y Ew i n g
Fi r s t V i ce Pr e s i d e nt, M i t t i e R o h n e r s e r v ed as mo d e ra t o r fo r s t at e of the stat e a d d ress on p a s s e s t h e g av e l t o i n c o m i n g
t h e f i r s t p l e n a r y s e s s i o n o f t h e 2 0 0 7 e d u c a t i o n a l c o n f e r e n c e. t h e f i n a l d ay o f t h e c o n f e r e n c e. P r e s i d e n t C h u c k M e t hv i e n .
LPHA Highlights 7
S ec tion Rep o r t s
Administrators and Physicians Cl e r ic a l / S t a t i s t i c a l
The Administrators and affiliate agreement and whether the The 60 membera inattendance what clerical does in all programs.
Physicians Section was moderated organization should enter into the voted to donate $100 to the Daphne Lesage, Assistant
by the 2006-2007 Section Chair agreement. We discussed the need LPHA Scholarship Fund. Director of Center for Community
Ron Folse. to sign the affiliate agreement in 707 raffle tickets were sold this Health was guest speaker.
The annual business meeting order to qualify to receive any of year. Elected officers as follows:
exceeded our expectation by having the W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant Dr. Erin Brewer, Director of Pam McNeil, Chair
in attendance at least 30 administra- funding and future APHA benefits. Center for Community Health, Susan Royer, Vice Chair
tors and physicians. New Officers The section voted to unanimously attended and gave a brief talk Mittie Rohner, Secretary
for 2007-2008 were elected and are recommend that LPHA enter into about how much she appreciates Janet Merritt, Treasurer
as follows: Chair- Takeisha C. the affiliate agreement with APHA.
Davis, MD, MPH., and Vice-Chair- Lastly, the section discussed
Gerralda Davis, MBA increasing recruiting efforts for the
The section discussed and, for the Administrators and Physicians sec- The Environmental Health expressed the importance of
first time, submitted three resolu- tion by inviting the staff at the LSU Section held its annual meeting at destruction of parasites in sushi,
tions for approval to the Resolution and Tulane Schools of Public the 2007 Annual Conference. The using the proper recipe during the
Committee. They were as follows: Health. This would also give us moderator for the break out session rice preparation, and different
Creation of a human resource other avenues of approaching leg- was Chairman Rachael Bruce. Hispanic food items that if not
task force to develop competencies islative issues since the Tulane fac- Dr.Gary Balsamo, DVM, already will soon be seen through
necessary to recruit and train a ulty and staff are not state employ- MPH&TM, State Public Health out the state.
deployable public health workforce, ees and thus not prohibited from Veterinarian. Dr. Balsamo spoke on 105 members were attended the
Recommendation to state legisla- lobbying. “Rabies Surveillance in Louisiana”. environmental section educational
ture to expand current state loan The business meeting was fol- During his speech he informed the meeting this year, up 12 from the
repayment program to include pub- lowed by a very interesting and rel- members on the spread of rabies, previous year.
lic health staff and allow DHH/OPH evant presentation by Kirk different types of carriers, and how The membership voted to present
to use this as an incentive for staff Perriloux, Information Technical to handle calls about different situa- a resolution calling for an increase
recruitment, and Support Manager for DHH/OPH. tions. in the mileage payment. .
Exempt DHH/OPH from Act The presentation was titled Ms. Kimberly Livsey, the State of Tenney Sibley will move up to
194, which abolishes positions after “Information Technology as it Louisiana’s FDA Regional Retail section chair. Amy Nichols elected
early retirement negatively impact- Relates to Everyday Duties”. Food Specialist spoke about “Sushi to the co-chair position. Sonja
ing our ability to provide public Takeisha C. Davis, MD, MPH and Hispanic Foods”. During this Thomas was elected to the secre-
health services to the community. 2007-2008 Section Chair informative talk Ms. Livsey tary/treasurer position.
We also discussed the APHA
A l l i e d H e a l t h S e r v i ce s The laboratory section had 25 very interesting presentation on
On Thursday, April 12, 2007, The developed a new letter head for our laboratory scientists in attendance “Newborn Screening for Metabolic
Other Health Services Section had section, put together a basket to be this year. Dr. Stephen Martin, sec- Diseases”. Total attendance for his
approximately 27 members in atten- raffled, which will be our first tion chair, served as the moderator. presentation was 36 (25 laboratory
dance at the business meeting. We fundraiser for the year. We dis- He introduced two excellent guest scientists and 11 other profession-
agreed to a name change from cussed continuing education options speakers. Dr. Scott Davis, Professor als).
“other” to Allied Health Services for all the Allied Health disciplines of Clinical Pediatrics at Tulane The laboratory section may need
Section which was approved by the represented in this section. School of Medicine, presented a to explore ways to raise money to
governing council on Friday, Legislative issues, strategic plan- very informative talk on “Newborn fund future speakers. We will gladly
4/13/2007. ning, and fundraising were empha- Screening for Cystic Fibrosis”. Total accept any suggestions for speakers
Our section has made a commit- sized during this meeting. We hope attendance for his presentation was for the 2008 LPHA Convention.
ment to outreach and membership to attract more members to our sec- 30 (22 laboratory scientists and 8 The following were elected offi-
recruitment of OPH and non-OPH tion become even more vocal than other professionals). Dr. Michael R. cers for 2007-2008
Allied Health Professionals who we already are in the association. Marble, Assistant Professor of Betty Day – Chair
share our vision of great healthcare Officers: Clinical Pediatrics at LSU Health Michael Lacassagne - Vice Chair
for all of Louisiana. Julie Landry, chair Science Center and Children’s Kerri Gerage –
In addition, on June 1, 2007 we Sharon Starks, co-chair Hospital in New Orleans, gave a Secretary/Treasurer
had our first quarterly meeting and Megan King, treasurer
10 members were present. We Brenda Grayson, Treasurer Nu r s i n g S ec t i o n
The well attended annual the 2007 Louisiana Public Health
D e a d l i n e for
Nursing Luncheon set the tone for Association (LPHA) Educational
Officer, Awards, and Scholarship Nominations the beginning of a productive and Conference. We received words of
Ja n u a r y 19 , 2 0 0 8 fun-filled week for those attending S ee S ec t i o n s, page 10
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LPHA Highlights 9
L P H A ex p r e s s e s t h a n k s t o o u r b e n e f a c t o r s
The following exhibitors and sponsors make it possible to hold our annual educational conference. Our Association greatly appreciates
the generosity and support of all.
LPHA Corporate Sponsors LPHA Exhibitors
G o l d Lev e l
Acce s s o ri e s, E t c. N a t i o n a l L i b ra r y of M e d i c i n e
L o u i s i a n a Public H e a l t h A u t o-C h l o r S e r v i c e s, I n c O P H O f f i ce of E m e rgenc y Pr e p a re d n e s s
B ec t on D i c k inson D iagnostic Sy s te m s O P H H I V / A I D S p ro g ra m
Wo rk ers Fe d e ral Cr edit Union C h a n n i n g B e t e Co m p a ny O P H I n j u r y R e s e a rch and
E m p l oy m e n t D ev e l o p m e n t S e r v i ce s P r ev e n t i o n / S a f e K i d s
V i t a l C h e c k N e t wo r k Fo o t p u l l R e t rac table Technolo g i e s, Inc.
G e n - p r o b e, I n c . S a n o f l i Pa s t e u r
G l a xo S m i t h K l i n e T E VA H e a l t h S y s t e m s
O rg a n o n P h a r mace u t i c a l s I n f i l t ra t o r Sy s t e m s, I n c . Tulane Un i ve r s i t y – C A E P H
L o u i s i a n a Ru ral Wa t er As s o ciat i o n Tulane Scho ol of Public H e a l t h &
M e rck and Co m p a ny, Inc. - Vaccines Tr opic al M edicine
Hospitality Suite Division U n i ve r s i t y o f S o u t h e r n M i s s i s s i p p i
L o u i s i a n a Ru ral Wa t er Assco ciat i o n
10 LPHA Highlights
S e s s i o n , from page 6 Assistance Commission to fund scholarships for medical students who return to
HB 964 Kenney Provides for the confidentiality of certain records of rural areas.
nonprofit health care quality improvement corporations. HCR 245 Hunter Requests the DHH to study the feasibility of developing
HB 965 Durand Provides relative to the Louisiana Emergency Response a network of specialized sickle cell disease treatment and lifestyle enhancement
Network; provides for limitation of liability and requires that it be a separate facilities for the purpose of improving the quality of life of sickle cell disease
budget unit within DHH. patients and their families.
HCR 75 Durand Requests DHH to engage in a cooperative effort with HCR 248 Baudoin Requests the Consumer Product Safety Commission to
other public and private organizations and institutions in establishing the establish mandatory safety requirements for all-terrain vehicles.
Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum. HCR 258 Dorsey Memorializes congress to reexamine the provisions of
HCR 115 Johns Creates a committee study to consider autism spectrum the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 to
disorders. provide prenatal care to immigrants.
HCR 118 Walker Requests the governor, the Louisiana congressional HSR 3 Barrow Requests the House Committees on Judiciary and
delegation, and other relevant entities to work together to ensure federal funding Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs to study and review the status of the
for the Louisiana’s Children’s Health Insurance Program. state’s emergency response preparedness.
HCR 122 LaFonta Requests healthcare providers to adopt generally recog- SB 1 McPherson Authorizes DHH to develop and implement a health care
nized clinical practice guidelines, goals, recommendations, and standards that delivery system for Medicaid that provides a medical home in the public or pri-
identify the reduction of body mass index, cardiovascular risk issues, and vate sector with a focus on primary and preventive care, utilizes information
glycemic control in managing diabetes. technology, and assures quality. Called LA Health First, authorizes DHH to
HCR 152 Fannin Directs DHH to research the use of incentive packages apply for budget neutral waivers with approval of Legislative committees.
to recruit qualified family practitioners to rural areas. SB 55 Hines Exempts prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses
HCR 200 Daniel Requests the Department of Health and Hospitals to from state sales and use tax.
evaluate the effectiveness of the Louisiana Governor’s Program on Abstinence. SB 161 Nevers Prohibits partial birth abortions.
HCR 231 Gray Directs the entities named in R.S. 17:1519.9, relative to SB 179 McPherson Transfers Huey P. Long Hospital to LSU Health Sciences
a charity hospital in New Orleans, to enter into an updated cooperative agree- Center at Shreveport.
ment by the end of the third quarter of 2007. SB 226 Fontenot Provides for home-generated sharps waste as part of
HCR 244 Thompson Requests the Department of Health and the Sanitary Code.
Hospitals and the Department of Education’s Louisiana Student Financial SB 238 McPherson Establishes the Health Care Redesign Fund in the state treas-
S ec t i o n s, from page 9 SB 281 Schedler Relative to Medicaid fraud, clarifies state law to conform to
federal law and assure eligibility for 10% enhancement; raises fine to not less
wisdom with a touch of humor Secretary- Elmira Walker, Nurse than $5,000 but not more than $10,000.
from our guest speaker, Cajun Supervisor, Morgan City, Region 3; SB 282 Schedler Requires reporting of adverse actions by health care entities in
Humorist, Kent Gonsoulin. Louisiana State Nurses response to a determination of impairment or possible impairment (dependency
The Public Health Nursing Association(LSNA) representative- on or excessive use or abuse of alcohol or drugs) to the appropriate licensing
Section session was very well Deborah Guidry, ADM-EBAT, boards.
attended by various disciplines. Our Region 2; and Louisiana State SB 361 Duplessis Grants school readiness tax credits to individuals for
speaker, Dr. Demetrius J. Porche, Board of Nursing(LSBN)- Megan child care expenses of children five and under, to child care providers, to child
DNS, RN-CS, FNP, CCRN, acting Louque, Advanced Practice care directors and staff, and to businesses providing child care. This initiative
grew out of the Best Start Initiative of OPH.
Dean and Professor, School of Registered Nurse(APRN),Region 9.
SCR 35 McPherson Requests DHH to establish the Louisiana
Nursing LSU Health Science The Nursing section submitted Health Care Quality Forum.
Center, New Orleans, LA, presented one resolution for approval to the SCR 76 Hines Approves the business plan for the new Medical Center
a speech on the topic of: “ Resolution Committee regarding of Louisiana in New Orleans (484 beds, cost of $1.2 billion)
Advocacy for Public Health/Public funding for expanding the provision SCR 88 McPherson Urges the Louisiana Interagency Task Force on
Health Nursing” “Current Trends in of immunizations to all that met the the Future of Family Medicine to work with DHH to develop evidence-based
Public Health Nursing”. stated criteria. In honor of Dr. strategies to increase primary care medical workforce.
Some of the main points of Dr. Porche, a $100.00 donation was SCR 101 Cravins, Jr. Requests the Department of Public Safety and
Corrections and the Department of Health and Hospitals to study the possibili-
Porche’s message focused on made to the LPHA scholarship fund
ties and options available to develop and implement an infectious disease testing
strengthening our advocacy base for for his generous participation in our program for all inmates.
Public Health/Public Health annual educational conference. In SCR 103 Adley Requests DHH, office of public health, to include
Nursing; the need to “repackage our recognition of Nurses that were screening for Krabbe Disease in the newborn screening required in Louisiana.
functions (tasks)”; restructuring our dedicated to Public Health, a SCR 109 SchedlerRequests a joint committee study of the feasibility of
internet based communication sys- memorial service was held for 7 creating a scope of practice council to advise the legislature regarding various
tem and making what we all do in Nurses that passed on in 2006- medical and health care disciplines.
Public Health “sexy.” 2007. SCR 128 Jackson Requests a joint committee study of the current status
The annual Nursing business In conclusion, the Nursing sec- of the chronic disease of asthma in the state.
SCR 134 Duplessis Memorializes congress to urge executive branch
meeting exceeded our expectation tion raised $1, 291 from its fund
departments to take a proactive role in assisting the communities of New Orleans
by having in attendance at least a raiser, raffling a Nintendo WIVI. East in protecting their health and safety.
161 Nurses, which included some Overall, it was a very successful SCR 137 Hines Memorializes congress to provide funding for the
of our retired Nurses. New Officers educational conference for Nursing. Louisiana University Medical Sciences, Inc., College of Primary Care Medicine.
for 2007-2008 were elected and are We look forward to an even greater SR 87 Broome Requests Congress to support the efforts, programs,
as follows: Chair- Beverly Lewis, conference for 2007-2008. services, and advocacy of organizations that work to enhance public awareness
Regional Nurse Consultant-Region Thanks and congrats to all! of childhood stroke.
3; Vice-Chair- Stephanie Whiting, Beverly Vonshea Lewis, MPA, SR 146 Jackson Requests committee study of the current status of the
chronic disease of asthma in the state.
CSHS, Region 4; Treasury- Penny BSN, RN Chair
Meaux, CSHS, Region 4; S e e R e t i re e s, page 12
LPHA Highlights 11
LPHA Highlights 12
R e t i re e s, from page 10 Award Winners
The retires section is being upcoming retiree events and becom-
chaired by Clif Murphy. All retirees ing active in the retirees section.
are invited to contact Clif about
Fi n a n c i a l rep o r t of the Lo u i s i a n a Public H e a l t h A s s o c i at i o n
A S S E TS
Op e ra ting Acco u nt $ 45,098.95
S c h o l a r s h i p Acco u nt $ 29,898.83
S h a re Acco u nt $14,449.53
Ce r t i f i c a t e of D ep osit $50,526.70
To t a l Assets $139,974.01
2 0 0 8 L P H A Awa rd winners from lef t, Ta m a ra M o rr i s, M emb er's Awa rd ; B e t t y F.
H eb e r t, M e ri to rious Awa rd ; L a Ta n g e l a Sh e rm a n , T he Louise M cFa rl a n d Awa rd fo r
LIABILITIES $0.00_____ E x cellence in Public H ealth Communic a tion Awa rd ;Ja s o n K r a e m e r, S c h o l a r s h i p
Awa rd ; S e n at or Rob M a ri o n n e a u x , J r. P ublic S e r v i ce Awa rd, and D r. I s f a n a Al i
L P H A BA L ANCE $139,974.01
accepting the Founder's Awa rds on b ehalf of her husband D r. J u z a r Al i .
A m e n d m e n t s t o t h e L P H A B y - L a w s a s a d o p t e d b y 2 0 0 7 L P H A A n n u a l Co n f e r e n c e
The following amendments were adopted to the Louisiana Public Health Association By-laws.
1. Added the following standing committees: Local Arrangements and Exhibits
2. Changed:From:Article XI - AMENDMENTS
These bylaws may be amended at the annual meeting of the Association by a two thirds vote of the members present and voting provided that
notice of the proposed amendment shall have been given to the membership at least 30 days prior to the meeting. Notice of proposed amendments
to these bylaws may be published in the Louisiana Public Health Association, Incorporated newsletter, provided said publication is mailed to the
membership at least 30 days in advance of the annual meeting of the Association.
To:Article XI- AMENDMENTS
These bylaws may be amended at the annual meeting of the Association by a two thirds vote of the members present and voting provided that
notice of the proposed amendment shall have been given to the membership at least 30 days prior to the meeting. Notice of proposed amendments
to these bylaws may be published in the Louisiana Public Health Association, Incorporated newsletter, and/or by e-mail and/or on the Association
web site provided such notice is given to the membership at least 30 days in advance of the annual meeting of the Association.
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