Louisiana

Baton Rouge Bridge Over Mississippi River, Louisiana
At a Glance
  • State Population: 4,659,978
  • Local Health Departments: 1
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Tropical Storms/Hurricanes, Flooding, Environmental Contamination
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations: 2020: COVID-19 Pandemic; 2019: Tropical Storm Barry; 2017: Hurricane Harvey
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2021: $8,934,209
    FY 2020: $9,102,809
  • CDC Crisis Response Funding: COVID-19
    FY 2021: $28,189,003
    FY 2020: $10,742,088
PHEP-Funded Staff
  • Epidemiologists: 11
  • Laboratorians: 6
  • Educators: 1
  • Health Professionals: 15
  • Other*: 25

*Includes IT specialists, administrative staff, statisticians, and other positions

Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Public Health Laboratory Testing
  2. Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation
  3. Community Preparedness
  4. Medical Countermeasure Dispensing and Distribution
  5. Medical Materiel Management and Distribution
Stories from the Field
Louisiana Flood
Catastrophic Flooding in Louisiana

In August 2016, a historic flood killed 13 people and left more than 100,000 people homeless in southeastern Louisiana. Because health department staff were personally affected by the flood, federal and state partners, as well as private citizens, were critical to the flood response.

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Page last reviewed: January 19, 2022, 11:53 AM