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CCBC and PCDC Partner to Transform New Orleans' Health Delivery System
LPHI and CCBC Launch txt4health Campaign
CCBC Team Member Insight

CCBC and PCDC Partner to Transform New Orleans' Health Delivery System Through Health IT Innovations


Transformation initiative galvanizes more than 10 regional partners in an effort to improve quality and coordination of care for more than 50,000 underserved patients. Read more. 


Events of Note
(as of March 1, 2012)

March 7, 2012
CCBC Administrative Committee Meeting

March 9, 2012
SuccessEHS Data Reporting Workshop

March 13-14, 2012
PCDC Learning Collaborative

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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: # 2March, 2012 
LPHI and CCBC Launch txt4health Campaign
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On January 31, 2012, Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) hosted a launch event at the New Orleans Hyatt Regency Hotel to celebrate New Orleans becoming the first city in the country to use a new mobile health technology program called "txt4health."


Txt4health is a mobile texting program that delivers personalized text messages aimed to help people better understand their personal risk for Type 2 diabetes and assist them in managing their overall health. The half-day health expo attracted more than 300 attendees to the Hyatt.


The expo included more than 20 exhibitors from health care providers, health associations, community based organizations, and social service organizations. Physician and regular health contributor on television and radio Dr. Corey Hebert served as the emcee.  Read more.


CCBC Hosts Visit By Dr. Farzad Mostashari

On January 31, 2012, CCBC hosted a visit by Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and senior executive of multiple health information technology (HIT) programs including the national Beacon program, where he commended CCBC for its diverse set of partnerships and the successful launch of the mobile health initiative, txt4health.


In addition to delivering the keynote address at the txt4health launch, Dr. Mostashari met with the CCBC Steering Committee, comprised of Dr. Karen DeSalvo, City of New Orleans Health Commissioner, Bruce Greenstein, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Sabrina Heltz, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, Anjum Khurshid, Project Director, CCBC, and Joe Kimbrell, CEO, LPHI.  The Steering Committee shared their plans for 2012 and the details behind healthcare finance in Louisiana.  "Dr. Mostashari's insights and feedback on the work we are doing in New Orleans and how it aligns with Federal HIT initiatives was invaluable to our discussions," Dr. Anjum Khurshid, Project Director of CCBC.


Dr. Mostashari also spent time meeting with the CCBC community partners, which included Greater New Orleans clinics and hospital organizations.  Following his remarks on the state of HIT in 2012 and beyond, CCBC partners and Dr. Mostashari engaged in a discussion about the Office of the National Coordinator's response to a variety of issues in HIT and how those issues tie into current CCBC goals and initiatives. 

CCBC Team Member Insight

Deborah Even, BSN, MPH

Clinical Programs Manager, CCBC

Chronic Care Management


"When working in a clinical setting it can be difficult to keep a pulse on what other healthcare providers both locally and nationally are doing to improve efficiencies and processes around chronic care management.  Many front line staff in those settings are aware of limitations in systems, may see needs for improvement in day-to-day processes, but don't have the opportunity to research best practices by others to find and implement solutions.  The Beacon initiative is working to fill that gap in knowledge and capacity by facilitating opportunities for clinic staff to interact with staff from other local clinics as well as national resources to share information, best practices and resources to optimize staff roles and improve process.  I'm really excited about this aspect of Beacon; to be able to provide the forum for our partners to share ideas and experience, providing access to national level providers for latest models and best practices - all poised to give them the resources  and assistance they need to improve chronic disease care through primary care transformation in their settings."


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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