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Louisiana Action Coalition Announces 6th Annual Virtual Culture of Health Summit

[Baton Rouge, LA] – The Louisiana Action Coalition (LAC) invites healthcare professionals, stakeholders, and community leaders to participate in its 6th Annual Culture of Health Summit. This virtual event is scheduled for October 25th and 26th, 2023, from 9 am to 12:45 pm both days. This year’s theme, "Addressing Health Disparities Through Dialogue, Policy, and Action," aims to ignite impactful discussions and solutions around healthcare disparities and equity.

"We cannot progress as a society without ensuring that healthcare is equitable and accessible for everyone," said Denise Bottcher, AARP Louisiana State Director and co-lead of the Louisiana Action Coalition. "The Culture of Health Summit serves as a catalyst to inspire and educate attendees to eliminate health disparities and join hands in building an equitable healthcare system."

Keynote Speaker Dr. Kenya Beard to Address Health Equity

LAC is honored to feature Dr. Kenya Beard as the keynote speaker for the summit's first day. Her presentation, "Reducing the Gulf Between Healthcare Disparities and Health Equity," is poised to offer in-depth insights and actionable steps towards closing the gap between existing disparities and true health equity.

Groundbreaking Panel Discussion on LAC’s Latest Initiative

Day 2 of the Summit will feature a crucial panel discussion on the "Dialogue on Race for Nursing Project." This panel will discuss LAC's pioneering initiative to advance health equity across Louisiana by infusing conversations about race into healthcare. The panel will delve into the nuances of this transformative program and its potential for bringing lasting change to healthcare in Louisiana.

LAC is honored to be among the 16 recipients of the Health Equity Innovations grants for 2023-2024, awarded by the AARP Center of Health Equity, the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Lisa Hawthorne of Louisiana State University – Eunice and Galen College of Nursing highlighted the value of the LAC's partnership with Dialogue on Race Louisiana, noting, “The collaboration between the LAC and Dialogue on Race Louisiana is essential to open conversations among nurses in the workforce to take action to remove barriers for care equity.” She further added, "Nurses have the opportunity to impact healthcare policy and be the conduit for change in their practice setting, as well as statewide."

The concluding panel, "Industry/Organization DEI Projects: DEI in Action," emphasizes the pivotal role nurses and healthcare providers play in driving action.

Registration Information and Continuing Education Credit

To attend the two-day virtual summit, registration is $50. For those wishing to attend just one day, the cost is $30. LAC encourages healthcare professionals, stakeholders, and community leaders to register and be part of the conversations and solutions that could reshape healthcare policy and practice in the state.

For additional event information and to register, visit the Louisiana Action Coalition website:

The summit has been approved for a maximum of 6 nursing contact hours by Louisiana State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Activity number: LSNA-100849941-2022. This activity has been approved by LSU School of Social Work for Social Work CEUs for a maximum of 5.75 contact hours.

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