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Release Date: September 18, 2023

Outline of the state of Louisiana with the text Healthy State and Ochsner Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Ochsner Health, Tulane University, and the community nonprofit RH Impact a seven-year, $16.5 million grant to establish a research center of excellence focused on finding solutions to address Louisiana's disproportionately high maternal mortality rate.

The new Southern Center for Maternal Health Equity will develop innovative approaches to reduce pregnancy complications and deaths while promoting maternal health equity in the Gulf South. The center advances the mission of Healthy State, a bold project that includes Ochsner, Tulane and other healthcare, research, and nonprofit institutions.

Our Ochsner team members involved in the Southern Center for Maternal Health Equity’s research and operations include:

  • Dr. Joseph Biggio, System Chair and Service Line Leader of Women’s Services at Ochsner Health
  • Daniel Fort, Ph.D., biomedical research informatics specialist at Ochsner and a co-investigator for a project at the center
  • Dr. Sherri Longo, maternal-fetal medicine senior physician at Ochsner and a co-investigator for two projects at the center
  • Dr. Eboni Price-Haywood, system medical director of Healthy State and Ochsner Xavier Institute for Health Equity and Research and a member of the center’s scientific advisory board
  • Dr. Veronica Gillispie-Bell, senior site lead of Women's Services at Ochsner Medical Center – Kenner and a member of the center’s executive team.

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