In March of this year,  2016 Health Summit: Creating an Agenda for a Healthy Louisiana was convened.  As promised during the summit, the hosts gathered input on topics deemed important for continued discussion. This Web Forum will cover the Summit findings and explore these pertinent issues more deeply.

Primarily, the Web Forum will cover the topics of Medicaid expansion and access to health care in Louisiana, discussing the progress, changes, successes, and challenges. 

This event will be valuable for public health and medical professionals (with focus on Medicaid, health equity, health policy), government/health departments, and health advocates in Louisiana, Texas, and other Medicaid expansion states.


Lisanne Brown, Ph.D., MPH

Director, Evaluation and Research

Louisiana Public Health Institute

New Orleans, LA

Lisanne Brown has an MPH and PhD in Epidemiology from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She is currently the Director of Evaluation at LPHI and oversees the evaluation of programs including the teen pregnancy prevention program (4RealHealth) and Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living. Lisanne has more than…

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Sylvia S. Garcia

Health Insurance Specialist, Outreach Team Lead, Division of Medicare Health Plans Operations

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Dallas, TX

Sylvia Garcia is a Health Insurance Specialist in the Dallas Regional Office of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Federal agency that administers the Medicare program.  Ms. Garcia is a member of the Dallas Regional External Affairs Team, covering such issues as Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage, Medicare…

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SreyRam Kuy, MD, MHS

Chief Medical Officer, Louisiana Medicaid

State of Louisiana Department of Health

Baton Rouge, LA

SreyRam Kuy, MD, MHS, is the Medicaid Chief Medical Officer for the Louisiana Department of Health.  She most recently served as Director of the Center for Innovations in Quality, Outcomes and Patient Safety and was the first full time female General Surgeon at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center.   She teaches…

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Alma Stewart, RN, MS


Louisiana Center for Health Equity

Baton Rouge, LA

Alma is the Chief Executive Officer for A. Charles Stewart Consultants, President and Founder of the Louisiana Center for Health Equity (LCHE), Convener of the Campaign for Healthcare for Everyone – Louisiana, and the host of a weekly radio show, Today's Health Topics on WTQT 106.1 FM.  Her career began…

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Candice Marti, MBA

Communications Director

Louisiana Public Health Institute

New Orleans, LA

Candice leads the communications team at the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) and is responsible for shaping communications and marketing strategies for LPHI and its programs, including the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living and REACHnet. She earned her BA in social science with a minor in psychology and her MBA…

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