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Thank you for your interest in the Louisiana Primary Care Association. Media inquiries can be directed to:
Raegan A. Carter

Director of Health Policy & Governmental Affairs

phone: (225) 927-7662, ext. 211

Abigail Giroir

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

phone: (225) 927-7662 ext. 327

Latest News

The Louisiana Primary Care Association congratulates Dr. Ralph Abraham on being selected to serve as the next secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health. Dr. Abraham is well-known and well-respected among our membership. We know that, with his experience serving patients in rural Northeast Louisiana, Dr. Abraham is familiar with the health challenges facing our state’s most underserved and rural communities.

During his time in Congress, Dr. Abraham served as a champion for our Community Health Center members and an advocate for expanding access to healthcare services. When it comes to addressing social determinants of health, de-stigmatizing mental health services, improving rates of screenings and vaccinations, reducing chronic disease and leading on other important initiatives, we are confident that Dr. Abraham will provide valuable leadership and expertise.

We look forward to working with Dr. Abraham and Governor Jeff Landry. As we always have, the Louisiana Primary Care Association stands ready to serve as a resource and collaborative partner.

Finally, we also want to thank outgoing secretary Stephen Russo for his dedicated public service and his unyielding support for Louisiana’s Federally Qualified Health Centers. Under his leadership, Mr. Russo has advanced numerous programs and initiatives that will ultimately help to improve the health and well-being of residents across our state.

The Louisiana Primary Care Association’s Board of Directors has appointed Michael G. Griffin, MSPH, D.Sc., FACHE as Board President for the next two-year term, 2023 – 2025.

Dr. Michael G. Griffin, President & CEO of Ascension DePaul Services (ADS) and DePaul Community Health Centers (DCHC) in the greater New Orleans area and Arkansas, , leads the non-profit organizations with 180 years of history forward into the ever-changing landscape of health care with innovation and passion for the greater New Orleans areas they serve. As an expert and leading voice in the field of patient-centered care and quality, Dr. Griffin brings to this position a wealth of experience and deep commitment to high-quality, accessible, and equitable healthcare for all individuals.

“We are so excited to have Dr. Griffin’s vast experience and leadership at the helm of Louisiana’s Community Health Centers,” said Gerrelda Davis, Executive Director of the Louisiana Primary Care Association. “He has done so much for not only the communities his health centers serve but also for all medically underserved communities. His long history of advocacy and dedication gives me confidence that we will continue to see Federally Qualified Health Centers succeed throughout Louisiana.”


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