East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, along with senior state and local health care community officials, have completed packaging her revamped HealthyBR.com website, which now includes healthy recipes and cooking demonstrations as well as free videos. streaming online fitness classes.
On Thursday, Broome introduced the revamped website as the parish town’s “one-stop shop” for all health-related news, questions and resources. Other amenities added in the makeover include a community resource directory focused on mental health and addictions services, and in the coming months it will add resources for expectant parents and people living with HIV.
“Our partners have done an amazing job of compiling information in one place,” Broome told reporters and medical professionals at Thursday’s press conference. “I had the opportunity to go through the website extensively and was very pleased with all the content provided.”
The website relaunch was announced alongside the release of the 2021 Parish-Town Joint Community Health Needs Assessment, a collaborative report required by the federal government for local hospitals and medical providers to maintain their tax exempt status.
Officials said Thursday that Baton Rouge is one of the only communities where all nonprofit hospitals produce a joint report and community health implementation plan. Both can also be found online at the HealthyBR website.
“COVID-19 has clearly demonstrated the need for this key strategic plan as well as collaboration among members of our health district,” said John Kirwan, executive director of Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
This year’s report highlights five of the parish town’s “significant” health needs: behavioral health, healthy living, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, maternal and mental health, health equity and racial disparities. .
And the health implementation plan outlines how the parish’s medical community intends to meet those needs over the next three years — primarily through the work of coalition groups targeting specific focus areas.