Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced two co-chairs and appointed members to the Louisiana COVID-19

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Baton Rouge Weekly Press – “It is an honor to serve the citizens of Louisiana on the COVID-19 Health Equity Taskforce,” said Co-Chair Dr. Sandra C. Brown, Dean of Southern University’s College of Nursing and Allied Health. “I look forward to working with a distinguished diverse group of experts from across the state that are committed to addressing the health disparities that specifically challenge minorities and vulnerable populations in Louisiana not only in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, but in advancing health equity for decades to come.”

“I am excited to be able to contribute to this important taskforce,” said Co-Chair Dr. Thomas LaVeist, Dean of Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. “Louisiana has for many years been among the least healthy states and the racial disparities seen around the country are as evident here as it is elsewhere. I am particularly delighted that Governor Edwards has prioritized health equity and I am hopeful that we will be able to make a difference for our state.”

The task force’s work will begin immediately, and its actions and research will result in improved health outcomes and equity in Louisiana. A statewide Health Equity Dashboard will be created to monitor the progress of the task force.

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Source: Baton Rouge Weekly Press

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