On behalf of the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) and the State of Louisiana, 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.
Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, our community and health care partners have come together in unprecedented ways to rebuild health care infrastructure and services. The Crescent City Beacon Community (CCBC) initiative will bring local collaboration to a new level. CCBC is a true community-based collaborative effort that spans traditional divides between public, private, for profit and non-profit sectors. This massive effort is made possible by a shared goal among all partners - to improve the health of the Greater New Orleans area population and beyond.
CCBC partners and staff have chosen to begin this initiative by focusing on two chronic conditions: diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Both conditions represent serious threats to the health and quality of life for all Louisianians. Currently, we are spearheading three initiatives in the development or pilot stage:
All HIT interventions are being thoughtfully designed to be easily replicated, sustained and scaled to serve larger sections of the population in the future. By developing and evaluating the effectiveness of these interventions, we will be able to contribute not only to the health of the people of New Orleans and Louisiana, but also to the body of knowledge, strategies and tools available to our country’s healthcare infrastructure.
We invite you to get involved and follow our progress. In addition to general information on the status and progress of the CCBC initiative, our online presence will grow to provide information and guidance for others who wish to use HIT to improve health care and population health. Stay tuned for tools, briefs, reports, and other opportunities to share and participate in this exciting new venture.
Dr. Anjum Khurshid