Ochsner Health is a system that delivers health to the people of Louisiana, Mississippi and the Gulf South with a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate.
The COVID conversation series was initiated during the pandemic with the theme that global health is local health so as a means to reach out to the local community but with a global and health equity.
From Dillard University
It has been extremely beneficial to the New Orleans community specifically in several underserved communities to have Ochsner Health as a partner in 2020. Our collaboration in implementing the “Ochsner Global Health is Local Health-Covid Conversations Series” has been a very effective means of connecting and empowering our vulnerable communities. I am again asking for your support this calendar fiscal year to partner with Dillard University Community Relations in addressing the underlining health challenges and provide health educational resources to minority communities.
In November 2021, Ochsner Hospital For Children and New Orleans City Park teamed up to host a kids 5-11 vaccine event and it was a super success! From engaging STEM activities like designing your own DNA bracelet to getting creative by coloring a community art mural, these superheroes certainly know how to have a great time. What’s more, they’re protecting themselves and their community from COVID-19 by getting their vaccines.
Superhero Cecilia said, “My superhero name is COVID Begone!” Cecilia and her cousin Luca were proud to show off their superhero capes and masks in the fight to stop COVID-19.
Keith, pictured with his father, was the first child to get his vaccine at the event! His father, a physician, said, “I’ve taken care of a lot of COVID patients, so I am really excited my son has received his vaccine.”
On Sunday, October. 17,2021, the Ochsner Baton Rouge chapter of Hispanics at Ochsner Leading & Advocating (HOLA) sponsored a vaccine event at the Hispanic Apostolate of Baton Rouge.
In a nod to the upbeat spirit for which the New Orleans area is famous, Ochsner Health ended March 2021 with Vax Fest, a 24-hour COVID-19 mass vaccination drive-through event in Metarie featuring live music, great local food, and a festival flair. The health system announced that nearly 5,000 people received a dose of Moderna Inc.’s investigational COVID-19 vaccine during the event, which started at 10 a.m. March 29 and continued until the next morning. It was billed as the biggest COVID-19 vaccination event in the state. “People were getting out of cars and dancing,” said Thomas, who worked two shifts as pharmacy lead for the event. “When there wasn’t live music, there was a D.J. ... The staff were dancing and having a good time, and that was a lot of fun.”
Our global health is local health theme was quoted by DHS Mayorkis during his visit to New Orleans where Ochsner made vaccines available to travelers at the Airport