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Roxane Townsend
Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals

Dr. Townsend was appointed by Governor Blanco as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals in September 2007. Until that time, Dr. Townsend had been serving as the Deputy Secretary for the department acting as the Chief Operating Officer with oversight of the major program offices that include the Offices of Mental Health, Addictive Disorders, Public Health, Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, and Aging and Adult Services. In July of 2004 she initially joined the Department as the Medicaid Medical Director. Throughout her tenure at DHH, Dr. Townsend has been involved in quality initiatives in the Medicaid program, efforts to improve the safety and efficiency of health care delivery throughout the state as well as projects to increase the use of health information technology.

In 1979, Dr. Townsend graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After 10 years in nursing, Dr. Townsend attended medical school at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, graduating in 1992 as a Doctor of Medicine. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.

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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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