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Txt4health Launch Event
Linking Healthcare and Social Services Through HIT
CCBC Awards Funding for QI Efforts


Launch Event Planned

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CCBC will officially launch the txt4health campaign at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans on Tuesday,
January 31st 2012
noon to 5pm. 
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Team Approach

The Crescent City Beacon Community initiative represents an unprecedented level of cooperation across organizations, sectors and disciplines in Louisiana. In order to ensure success, partners contribute to every phase of the development

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Issue: # 1January 2012 
From the Director

AnjumOn behalf of the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) I would like to thank all Crescent City Beacon Community (CCBC) partners and staff and express how excited we are to be part of this ground-breaking federal initiative from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. As one of only 17 communities selected to participate in the Beacon Community Cooperative Agreement Program, this initiative will help Louisiana and the Greater New Orleans area develop innovative health information technology (HIT)-enabled interventions for health care providers and the population at large.


I invite you to get involved and follow our progress through this e-letter which will cover major milestones and accomplishments, as well as valuable insight from our partners and team members on various aspects of the initiative - all of which are dedicated to improving health care and population health of our community through the use of HIT.


As this e-letter evolves, feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know if you have any comments or suggestions, or if you have any questions specific to CCBC and its interventions please email us. 



Dr. Anjum Khurshid

Crescent City Beacon Community Initiative

Linking Healthcare and Social Services Through HIT


On November 29, City of New Orleans' Health Commissioner Dr. Karen DeSalvo and Crescent City Beacon Community Program (CCBC) at LPHI hosted a summit on linking Healthcare and Social Services via Information Technology. The summit, moderated by Dr. DeSalvo, was an opportunity tICC meeting imageo showcase the work being done at the state and city level to create Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), and to learn from the experiences of other communities on how that infrastructure can be integrated with other social services and behavioral health providers. The purpose of such efforts is to create a "no wrong door" system that gets individuals access to the care and services they need regardless of where they enter the system, minimizes duplication, and improves data collection. Read more. 

CCBC Awards Funding for QI Efforts
In September LPHI issued a Request for Proposals to CCBC primary care partners to receive funding to support quality improvement initiatives. The goal of the non-competitive QI funding program is to increase capacity and capabilities to enable direct allocation of resources by CCBC partner primary care practices and hospitals to engage in quality improvement activities that support the CCBC goals and interventions developed in collaboration by the Operating Board, Steering Committee and CCBC partners. Those interventions include population-based disease registry, risk stratification, care management/care team strategies, and clinical decision support.   Read more.


As one of 17 communities chosen to participate in the Beacon Community Grant Program of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the Crescent City Beacon Community (CCBC) was awarded $13 million over three years to strengthen local health information technology (HIT) infrastructure. Several major hospitals, public health agencies and community-based primary care providers are currently participating in this historic effort convened by the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI).

The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) is a statewide, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1997 that serves as a partner and convener to improve population-level health outcomes. We are part of a growing movement of public health institutes across the country. Our mission is to promote and improve health and quality of life through diverse public-private partnerships with government, foundations, academia, community groups and private businesses at the community, parish and state levels.LPHI coordinates and manages public health programs and initiatives in the areas of health systems development and health promotion/disease prevention and provides an array of services to help meet the needs of local and national partner organizations.
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