Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
The mission of the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) is to protect and promote health and to ensure access to medical, preventive, and rehabilitative services for all citizens of the State of Louisiana. The Department of Health and Hospitals is dedicated to fulfilling its mission through direct provision of quality services, the development and stimulation of services of others, and the utilization of available resources in the most effective manner. In order to fulfill its mission, the Department of Health and Hospitals intends to:
- Provide quality services
- Protect and promote health
- Develop and stimulate services by others
- Utilize available resources in the most effective manner
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is one of two principal stakeholders for the 2006 Louisiana Health and Population Survey. All data collected through the survey is the property of DHH who uses this information to inform health and hurricane recovery planning. In addition to data owner, DHH serves as a key advisor and technical/administrative resource for the project. LPHI is primarily accountable to DHH for the prioritization of survey activities and the results produced.
Louisiana Recovery Authority
The Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) is the planning and coordinating body that was created in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita by Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco to plan for the recovery and rebuilding of Louisiana. The authority is working with Governor Blanco to plan for Louisiana's future, coordinate across jurisdictions, support community recovery and resurgence, and ensure integrity and effectiveness. Working in collaboration with local, state and federal agencies, the authority is also addressing short-term recovery needs while simultaneously guiding the long-term planning process.
The LRA is the second of the project's two principal stakeholders. The LRA receives all survey data and serves as a key advisor to LPHI. LPHI is primarily accountable to DHH and the LRA for the prioritization of survey activities and the results produced.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as the sentinel for the health of people in the United States and throughout the world, strives to protect people's health and safety, provide reliable health information, and improve health through strong partnerships. The CDC's mission is to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability. As a component of the CDC, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), based in Atlanta, Georgia, is a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ATSDR serves the public by using the best science, taking responsive public health actions, and providing trusted health information to prevent harmful exposures and diseases related to toxic substances.
In October of 2005, the CDC/ATSDR provided technical assistance to personnel from the City of New Orleans Emergency Operations Center (CNO-EOC) to conduct rapid population estimate surveys after Hurricane Katrina. Building upon the success of the CNO-EOC surveys, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) and the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) requested technical assistance from the CDC/ATSDR to conduct similar rapid population estimate surveys across hurricane-affected parishes in Louisiana. The CDC/ATSDR has served as the principle technical advisor throughout the development and implementation of the 2006 Louisiana Health and Population Survey.
US Census Bureau
The Census Bureau (Census) serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. The Census honors privacy, protects confidentiality, shares its expertise globally, and conducts its work openly. The Census Bureau's mission is to provide the best mix of timeliness, relevancy, quality, and cost for the data we collect and services we provide.
In collaboration with the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), and Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA), the US Census Bureau developed the sampling methodology for the 2006 Louisiana Health and Population Survey. The Census provides continual technical assistance with issues related to the sampling design and data analysis.
Louisiana Public Health Institute
Louisiana Public Health Institute's (LPHI) goal is to promote and improve the health and quality of life in Louisiana through public-private partnering at the community, parish and state levels. The initiatives of LPHI improve the health of Louisiana's people and communities, and provide information for decision making and policy development. Current activities employ a community-based systems approach to improving access to care, environmental tobacco policy change, and enhancing the capacity of communities to address critical health issues.
The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) is the implementing agency responsible for all survey operations. LPHI manages project-level administration and directs all fieldwork operations. LPHI worked closely with all stakeholders and partners to develop the sampling and survey methods and to support data analysis and report writing.
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