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Working together to strengthen our communities for the future

When it comes to improving the health and well-being of our members, we believe we can make a stronger impact by working with other stakeholders in our community. After all, to improve health outcomes in Louisiana, it will take commitment from each and every one of us.

At AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, we are proud to engage in innovative community partnerships and collaborations.

The AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana Health Policy Fellowship: Creating Tomorrow's Health Care Leaders

AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana is proud to support the Health Policy Honors Program  — an academic collaboration between the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) School of Medicine and School of Public Health. This partnership was launched in 2016.

Care Crew VolunteersThe Health Policy Honors Program is designed to provide LSUHSC medical students with a foundation in the basics of health policy analysis and research. It enhances the regular curriculum, particularly for students who express intellectual curiosity about the role and impact of policy on individual and population health.

The Health Policy Honors Program is led by professor Peggy A. Honoré, MHA, DHA.

The program helps students recognize the role that policy plays in improving the health of populations and to help them understand how policy influences the context in which health care is practiced.

Each student completes the program by serving as a Policy Fellow in Washington, D.C. This dynamic, real-world experience helps them develop precise competencies in policy research, analysis, formulation, and advocacy. Their experiences better equip them for professional growth as physician leaders with skills to advance health system improvements through policy.

Care Crew VolunteersLocal medical student Margaret Richard is one student benefitting from this program. She recently completed an eight-week policy fellowship at the Association of Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) in Washington, D.C.

Margaret conducted extensive research in three areas of behavioral health: (1) Workforce and Telemedicine, (2) School-based Mental Health Services, and (3) Mobile Crisis Interventions. In August 2023, her findings were featured in three reports that were sent to ACAP members and stakeholder organizations and made available on the ACAP website.

Learn more about the Health Policy Honors Program by contacting Dr. Honoré by email at or by phone at 1-504-568-5912.

Emergency response

Following Hurricane Ida, we all worked together with the United Way of Southeast Louisiana and St. John United Way to provide much-needed hurricane relief supplies to residents of LaPlace and surrounding communities.