Community Engagement

What is Community Engagement?

Community Engagement is the process of intentional and equity-focused collaborations and partnerships among Ochsner (Community) Health, Xavier University and the communities they serve based on mutual respect and understanding of improving health outcomes, exchanging knowledge and resources, changing policies, programs and practices that influence behavioral and systems change, creating clear communication streams and building trust.

Collaborations and Partnerships

  • Engage and include community stakeholders, businesses, neighborhood associations, colleges and universities, schools, churches and faith-based institutions, public officials, non-profits, organized groups, social aid and pleasure clubs and other health care providers and entities
  • Attend community meetings and town halls; Join existing coalitions
  • Volunteer in the community
  • Utilize community information and resources to gain knowledge of community activities and involvement
  • Establish relationships and build trust
  • Support, or help enhance existing community activities and structures
  • Share data pertinent to community needs

Expected Outcomes

  • Sustained and long-term trusted partnerships
  • Established communication channels
  • Improved health outcomes; Reduction in health disparities and gaps
  • Positive behavioral and systemic policy changes

COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach

Xavier Vaccine Event COVID-19 Vaccine 101: Is the Vaccine for ME?

During this session hosted by the Ascension Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc, panelists answer community questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 Facebook Live: Protecting the Black Community

They got the COVID-19 vaccine for their loved ones, patients, coworkers and their community because they trust the science behind the vaccine. In a Facebook Live session, experienced physicians Dr. Eboni Price-Haywood, Dr. Katherine Baumgarten and Dr. Victoria Smith answered public questions about COVID-19 in a discussion hosted and moderated by Deborah Grimes, Ochsner System Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer.

From the Experts

The Louisiana Department of Health: COVID-19 Vaccines: A Conversation with the Divine Nine

Join the Louisiana Department of Health's Office of Health Equity for a captivating conversation about the COVID-19 vaccine. Our panel of experts from the Divine Nine will inform and educate with the facts and will lead us on a path to our new normal, looking through the lens of their experiences. The Divine Nine, known formally as the National Pan-Hellenic Council, consists of nine historically Black fraternities and sororities.

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