FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE–October 10, 2019

Power Coalition for Equity and Justice and PolicyLink Release Louisiana Health Equity Atlas

The Louisiana Health Equity Atlas is a new tool that allows users to see how we can lift up our entire state, and promote health and prosperity for all, by investing in health equity in communities of color.

 

Contacts:

Raegan Carter, Statewide Campaign Director, Power Coalition for Equity and Justice, (225) 408-9301, rcarter@powercoalition.org

Peter Robins-Brown, Communications Director, Power Coalition for Equity and Justice, (504) 256-8196, prb@powercoalition.org

NEW ORLEANS, LA | October 10, 2019—In our continuing effort to give every Louisianan access to information that helps them understand where we are as a state, and where we could get to if we centered equity and justice in our decision-making, the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice (PCEJ–http://powercoalition.org) has teamed up with PolicyLink (https://www.policylink.org) to compile and produce the Louisiana Health Equity Atlas (http://powercoalition.org/louisiana-health-equity-atlas/).

The Louisiana Health Equity Atlas is a data resource to track, measure, and make the case for health equity in the state, particularly the Shreveport, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans metro areas. Users can view potential health equity outcomes on a statewide level or in either the Shreveport, Baton Rouge, or New Orleans metro areas.

“One of the primary goals of this Atlas, and PCEJ’s partnership with PolicyLink, is to use data to show that health equity is not a zero-sum game,” according to Dynisha Hugle, Data & Targeting Manager for PCEJ. “When we lift up communities of color we lift up every community. By investing in health equity, Louisiana can bring greater health and prosperity to all of its people.”

The Atlas examines how much we stand to gain by addressing racial inequities, and how we are currently faring on key indicators of racial economic inclusion, which are critical arenas for promoting good health. It also shares local strategies and solutions—such as freeing our cities and parishes to raise their own minimum wages, which the state currently bans them from doing—to improve our performance on these indicators and achieve health equity.

The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice works to build voice and power in traditionally ignored communities. We are a coalition of groups from across Louisiana whose mission is to organize in impacted communities, educate and turn out voters, and fight for policies that create a more equitable and just system in Louisiana

What: The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice adds Louisiana Health Equity Atlas to the civic education and engagement toolkit on our website.

When: October 10, 2019 

Where: http://powercoalition.org/louisiana-health-equity-atlas/

Who: Power Coalition for Equity and Justice (PCEJ) and PolicyLink.