Teche Action Clinic CEO Selected To COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force
Teche Action Clinic CEO Dr. Gary Wiltz, M.D., who has been selected by Gov John Bel Edwards to serve as a member of the state COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.
The task force’s work will begin immediately, Edwards said, and its actions and research will result in improved health outcomes and equity in Louisiana. A statewide Health Equity Dashboard will be created to monitor the progress of the task force.
The governor also selected former La. Secretary of Health, Dr. Rebekah Gee, M.D., to serve on the committee as well, in addition to 16 other members from across the state.
Teche Action Clinic is Louisiana’s first Community Health Center, opening in Franklin in the summer of 1974. The non-profit 501c3 organization operates 9 other clinics including one in: Pierre Part, Morgan City, Houma, Dulac, Thibodaux, Reserve, Edgard, Galliano, Gramercy, and 6 school base clinics: West St Mary/B Edward Boudreaux in Baldwin, Raintree Elementary in Charenton, Acadian Elementary in Houma, West St John Elementary in Edgard, and East St John High School in Reserve and LaPlace Elementary in LaPlace.
(Gee is pictured to Dr. Wiltz’s right in this photo. Dr. Wiltz was the first person Gov Edwards shook hands with after he signed the Executive Order in January of 2016, to pass Medicaid throughout Louisiana).