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Kenneth J. Phenow, MD, MPH
Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

Dr. Ken Phenow bridges the wide gap among health policy, healthcare reform and family medicine. Dr. Phenow, senior vice president and chief medical officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, has been charged with leading the state’s largest private insurer into new arenas of innovation and best practices as both private and public sectors prepare for pending healthcare reforms.

As both a practitioner and policy thought leader, he strongly advocates the tenets of the Patient-centered Medical Home (PCMH). The healthcare delivery model is based on strong, collaborative primary care that focuses on solid doctor-patient relationships and a holistic (whole-person) approach to wellness and healing. Dr. Phenow helped establish the first private payer-supported medical home in Texas while serving as the senior medical executive of Cigna Healthcare of North Texas and Oklahoma. The first Blue Cross-supported PCMH pilot in Louisiana was initiated in early 2012 with the Baton Rouge General Physicians group.

Since coming to Louisiana, Dr. Phenow has worked with industry and community leaders to promote proactive wellness initiatives and bold public health efforts that seek to improve the quality of life of both the Blue Cross subscriber base and Louisiana as a whole. He spearheads Tackling Diabetes, a public health campaign engaging a broad spectrum of stakeholders that intends to use aggressive screening, education and healthcare innovation to strike a decisive blow against obesity and preventable chronic disease.

Dr. Phenow is board certified in Family Medicine. He attended the University of California at San Diego (Biochemistry and Political Science) and earned a master’s degree (Health Services Administration and Policy Analysis) from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Public Health. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin through the U.S. Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program.

Dr. Phenow has published in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Family Practice and has co-authored Preventive Medicine textbook chapters. He contributed to preventive guidelines publications, including Healthy People 2000 and Healthy People 2010, Putting Prevention into Practice, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Prevention Guidelines, an education series on the health effects of smoking published by the American Cancer Society, and most recently, work on the Patient-centered Medical Home delivery model.

Dr. Phenow currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative in Washington, D.C., is a member of the Texas Medical Home Initiative Board of Directors and serves on the Academy of Family Practice’s Health Services and Managed Care Committee. Dr. Phenow is a Commander in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps Reserves. He lives with his wife and children in St. Gabriel, Louisiana.

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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recorded Monday, February 20)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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