Great Health Divide

BREAKDOWN: The Response

Overwhelming public support leads SPD, SFD to expand how they handle cases of mental illness

  In Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta, millions face long drives to stroke care

  ArkLaTex seeing increase in COVID-19 vaccinations among minority communities

Bring Back Louisiana holding COVID-19 vaccination event April 23-24 in Shreveport

  Ochsner LSU Health opening community health centers across north La. to address needs of underserved communities

House passes bill to fund research of minority health disparities, Sen. Cassidy announces

  Fraternal triplets set to graduate from Grambling State University

Continued Coverage

  Large swaths of rural America are health care deserts with too few primary care doctors, pediatricians, and OB-GYNs to care for residents

Disparities exist in mental health care experts say; what’s being done to bridge the health divide?

Southern University System launches campaign to encourage minority groups to get COVID-19 vaccine

  Arkansas National Guard helping state health department vaccinate people in rural areas

Researchers now focusing on females to better understand how girls burn energy and to prevent borderline obesity

Sleeves Up: Louisiana launches intensive vaccination effort

Senate passes bill to fund research of minority health disparities, Sen. Cassidy announces

The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a bill to help fund the study of health disparities among minority communities, Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD announced Monday, March 15.

  COVID-19 vaccinations coming to Logansport

600 doses of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine will be available.

Texarkana hosts a number of vaccination clinics Thurs., with more planned in coming weeks

Vaccine clinics for COVID-19 are beginning to increase in southwest Arkansas and northeast Texas. On Thursday, March 11, on both sides of the state line, around 1,000 doses were administered to residents in two special groups.

  COVID COLD FEET?: The Truth About Vaccines

The addition of a third COVID-19 vaccine has provided more options to Americans when it comes to getting vaccinated against the virus.

  Advocates say Biden’s child tax credits could lift thousands of Louisiana children out of poverty

  People are dying earlier and facing more severe health issues in many rural communities

  Johnson & Johnson vaccine expected to expand distribution efforts

‘Diabetes Belt’ runs through much of Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta

Some rural areas hit hard with cancer deaths

Appalachian, Mississippi Delta regions ‘medically underserved’ for decades

  Northwest Louisiana churches react to governor lifting capacity limits

With Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announcing that the state is moving into Phase 3, religious services will have no capacity limits going forward.

  REPORT: Louisiana ranked as worst state for children during COVID-19 pandemic

Save the Children’s report looks at hunger, lack of tools for remote learning, and difficulty for families to pay bills as the top three hardships making it more challenging for children across America to reach their full potential.

  Gov. Edwards speaks on vaccine disparities

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards spoke at a vaccine clinic in north Baton Rouge on Friday, Feb. 26.

La., Hawaii senators introduce bill to increase funding for schools performing research into minority health disparities

Two U.S. senators, one from Louisiana and one from Hawaii, have introduced a bill to the Senate that would increase investments in schools performing research into minority health disparities.

  Overton Brooks bringing COVID-19 vaccine to veterans in Stonewall

The vaccinations happening on Saturday are by appointment only. Though walk-up vaccinations are not permitted, the VA is vaccinating eligible veterans seven days per week.

Overton Brooks VA Medical Center offers vaccines to veterans in Stonewall

All veterans receiving the vaccine have appointments. Walk-in vaccinations are not available.

  Rural COVID-19 vaccination effort continues in northern Caddo Parish

Rural healthcare takes center stage once again in the fight against COVID-19, as 400 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been administered at North Caddo Medical Center (NCMC) in Vivian.

  Ochsner Health doctors discuss why African Americans are distrustful of COVID-19 vaccine

Doctors at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport are talking about why there’s distrust in the COVID-19 vaccine among the African American community.

BREAKDOWN: The Frontline Response to the Mental Health Crisis

The crisis grew quietly, across both sides of the Red River for the better part of a decade.

  LSU Health Shreveport doctor discusses low rate of African Americans getting COVID-19 vaccine

Both across the country and in the ArkLaTex area, there is a persistent disparity in vaccination rates among African Americans.

  Shreveport native becomes orthopedic surgeon, works to inspire others

Dr. Antonio Webb is an orthopedic spine surgeon, Air Force veteran, author, and motivational speaker — and is actively working to inspire young people raised in a similar background as himself.

Biden opens ‘Obamacare’ window for uninsured as COVID rages

The regulatory changes Biden is asking federal health officials to undertake aren't likely to happen overnight because hastily written rules are more easily overturned in court.

Texas Gov. Abbott, Texas Division of Emergency Management announce mobile vaccine pilot program

The State Mobile Vaccine Pilot Program will be deployed to five rural counties in the state.

Gray Television to use Google funding toward health coverage in Mississippi Delta, Appalachia

The Mississippi Delta and Appalachia both fare far worse than the national average in health indicators and outcomes. The project will explore why health disparities exist, with a focus on long term and sustainable solutions.

  People turn to religious leaders for vaccine advice

“I know in the Shreveport-Bossier area, if [Bishop Brandon] decided to get the vaccine, you would probably have a big sigh of relief from the spiritual community”

  Tuskegee experiment history leads to coronavirus mistrust

There is a big fear in the African-American community on vaccines.

LSU-Health Shreveport continues COVID-19 testing in underserved communities; non-profit stresses importance of service

“Some people don’t have the ability or the resources to get out to places, so we wanted to bring those tests to them.”