Healthy State by 2030

Who will lead the charge to improve the state of health for Louisiana by 2030?
Ochsner Health will.

Ochsner Health is committed to building a healthier region to live and thrive in. This initiative is our commitment to improve the overall health of the state. Healthy State by 2030 is driven by a comprehensive strategy to enhance healthcare access, improve health equity and health outcomes.

Our vision is bold: Louisiana will be ranked in the top 40 by 2030.

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Current State of Louisiana's Health

Louisiana has consistently ranked at or near the bottom of the country for nearly a decade, placing 49th in 2020 by America's Health Rankings

The challenges facing our state include a high percentage of children in poverty, smokers, obesity, low birth weights, higher rates of cardiovascular death and cancer deaths as well as the country’s highest rates of chronic conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure and COPD.

It’s time to educate ourselves, eat better, exercise more, and fight relentlessly for our health to end the burden of preventative and chronic disease in our community.

A step from you. A leap from us. Let’s move forward together.

Committee Chairs & Recent Accomplishments

Mental and Behavioral Health: Dr. Jennifer Archie & Lisa Gentry

  • Pediatric and adult behavioral health integration care pathway alignment and expansion

Preventive Care and Chronic Conditions: Eric Gallagher, Dr. Beau Raymond, & Kevin Green

  • Merging with Advisory Board Stakeholders to develop statewide strategies to improve access to and management of chronic conditions and cancers

Smoking Cessation: Lindsey White & Tonia Moore

  • Smoking rate reduction in adults from 21.9% to 18.3% (2020-2021)

Food Security: Dr. Pavan Chava & Christy Reeves

  • St. Tammany Cancer Center Food Pantry

Sexual & Reproductive Health: Dr. Veronica Gillispie & Hilary Davis

  • Completed strategy session to prioritize program area

Workforce & Education: Missy Sparks & Carlos Calix

  • 11 Ochsner Scholars completers have been hired to Ochsner Health

Wellness & Obesity: Deidra Diez & Dr. Kenny Cole

  • Care Companion pilot launching in August at Northshore and OHWS division

Community Engagement: Dr. Yvens Laborde & Sunni LeBeouf

  • 4 Health Summits in 2022 (The Big Health Event, 2022 South Louisiana Community Health Summit and Festival, United Way of Acadiana, and Louisiana Rural Health Summit)

Why Healthy State?

Our Goal: Top 40 by 2030

Healthy State launched with a singular goal: to improve Louisiana’s ranking among the Top 40 Healthiest States by 2030. In this pursuit, we embrace the challenges and can leverage our strengths as leading healthcare, education, and policy organizations and — once and for all — turn things around for all of us.

Year after year, Louisiana ranks near the bottom in nearly all health measures. That’s in sharp contrast to the incomparable culture, heritage, resilience, and joie de vivre that makes our state one of a kind. Moving the Healthy State vision forward, we are collaborating as a multi-faceted team with varied backgrounds, experiences and resources in order to make Louisiana a healthier place to live, thrive and survive.

The Ochsner-Xavier Institute for Health Equity and Research

Ochsner Health and Xavier University of Louisiana combine resources to improve the health of our communities, reducing health inequities, developing healthcare delivery models and modeling equitable care.

Ochsner's Scholar Program

This program will cover medical school tuition for medical students who choose to practice psychiatry or primary care in Louisiana with Ochsner.

A new video series by Ochsner Health



Healthy State of Mind is a video series and podcast by Ochsner Health. The mission is to educate individuals on mental health and wellness, from better sleep practices to reducing workplace toxicity by establishing boundaries and work-life balance.

Healthy State of Mind is hosted by board-certified psychologist Tracey Murry, PhD, and her co-host, Kaitlyn Heckel, a digital content specialist at Ochsner Health.

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