Great Health Divide

  Fraternal triplets set to graduate from Grambling State University

Triplets, Stevie, Steven, and Stephon Wilson, are set to graduate from Grambling State University the week of April 12, carrying on the tradition as fifth generation graduates from the university; their family has attended Grambling since the 1950s. All three grew up in Winnfield, La.

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

  COVID-19 vaccinations coming to Logansport

Continued Coverage

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

  COVID COLD FEET?: The Truth About Vaccines

  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

Cancer claims millions of lives in the U.S. each year. Access to treatment, preventative care and screenings is a unique hardship for some people in rural areas.

Appalachian, Mississippi Delta regions ‘medically underserved’ for decades

The Health Resources and Services Administration classifies geographic areas as medically underserved based on them having too few primary care doctors, a high infant mortality rate, high poverty or a high elderly population.

  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

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

  Overton Brooks bringing COVID-19 vaccine to veterans in Stonewall

Overton Brooks VA Medical Center offers vaccines to veterans in Stonewall

  Rural COVID-19 vaccination effort continues in northern Caddo Parish

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

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.”