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ATTENTION: COVID-19 Information

The Louisiana Rural Health Association has been closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19.  We have been working closely with the Louisiana State Office of Rural Health to assess and assist the impact on our members. 

The LRHA will continue to advocate for rural communities to have the resources they need to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. LRHA has compiled the following free COVID-19 resources provided by the CDC, WHO, and other reputable organizations:

Stay Informed

CDC COVID-19 Situation Summary 

CDC What You Should Know 

CDC Tests for COVID-19 

CDC Evaluating and Reporting Cases 

World Health Organization Coronavirus 

CMS Newsroom 


State Resources

Louisiana Department of Health 

Health Care Professional (HCP) Use of Homemade Masks:
In response to requests from rural providers, the LRHA is delivering handmade masks to rural providers. 

Disclaimer: In settings where facemasks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face.  Read more from the CDC.

Who We Are

The Louisiana Rural Health Association recognizes that rural areas are unique and differ from urban areas in their geography, population mix and density, economics, lifestyle, values, and social organizations. Rural people and communities require programming and advocacy that responds to their unique characteristics and needs.

Through discussion and exploration, the LRHA works to create a clear understanding of rural health care in Louisiana, its needs and effective ways to meet these needs. 

 Our Board Members

Board President:: Taylor Cottano, Southern Evals 

Past President: Randy McKinney, LVMA

Treasurer: Cindy Dolan,  LHA Trust Funds  

Secretary -  Tim Allen, Ochsner St. Anne

Sandy Morein, Iberia Medical Center 

 William Brent III, Teche Action Clinic

Tracie Ingram, Louisiana Department of Health

Susie Hutchinson, LPCA

Dianne Davidson, Union General Hospital

Patty Harper, inQuiseek

Donna Felder,  Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group

Peggy  Gautreau, Total Family Medical 

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About the Association

Our Mission

  • To promote rural health as a distinct concern in Louisiana
  • To serve as a unified voice for health care providers, public officials, healthcare employees, educators and consumers working cooperatively to improve rural health in Louisiana
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information related to the improvement of rural health
  • To serve as an advocate for rural health, promoting improved health status and improvements to the health system for residents of rural Louisiana
  • To encourage the development of appropriate health resources for Louisiana


133 Highway 402 / P.O. Box 387  Napoleonville, LA 70390 


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