|| Louisiana Department of Health
Since 2010, MEE has been working with the Louisiana Department of Health on a number of its statewide public health initiatives targeting African-American residents. MEE worked with the Bureau of Family Health (BFH) to develop and implement a statewide, multimedia and community outreach campaign to promote safe sleeping environments for infants. The goal of the campaign was to lower the risk of SIDS and infant deaths resulting from unsafe sleep practices, with a special emphasis on targeting lower-income African-American women, ages 18-29.
In addition to the Safe Sleep work, MEE also worked with BFH’s Project LAUNCH to design and implement a communications campaign that encourages parents to be more aware of their children’s emotional and mental health and provides resources to help empower them to improve their children’s overall well-being. We have also worked with BFH’s Louisiana Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program to design and implement a Lead Prevention Campaign that provides parents and caregivers with information and resources to create lead free zones in their homes and ensure that their children are not at risk for lead poisoning.
MEE will continue its work with the Department of Health in the coming years, as we were hired to develop and implement statewide initiatives to address health disparities through community outreach, building community linkages, and health education for low-income African-Americans of reproductive age. MEE will also provide professional development for hundreds of Department of Health staff.