Log in

Louisiana Rural Health Association and Well-Ahead Louisiana

are proud to partner to facilitate the

Health Equity Through a Rural Lens – ECHO Mini Series

in partnership with:


About Project ECHO

 All Teach, All Learn

Project ECHO is an innovative telementoring program built to enhance workforce capacity and improve access to care. Care providers and leadership will have access to experts in rural health care and health equity which allows care teams to engage in case-based learning and hear brief presentations. While content experts mentor and teach, participants freely share and receive knowledge and resources, fostering an “all teach, all learn” approach.


About the Health Equity Through a Rural Lens - ECHO Mini Series

This ECHO series aims to create an interactive community of learners to identify, understand, and address the unintended health equity impacts on the citizens of rural Louisiana and their social determinants of health (SDOH) to reduce the burden of chronic disease and assure access to quality healthcare in our rural communities.


Session Schedule

This series will be held every Wednesday at 12:00PM CT from

February 21, 2024 through April 10, 2024.

February 21, 2024

What is Health Equity? Addressing Health Disparities

Recording   |   Slides 

LaKeisha Williams, PharmD, MSPH

Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Clinical and Administrative Sciences, Director of Community Engagement & Outreach, Center for Minority Health & Health Disparities Research and Education

Xavier University of Louisiana

February 28, 2024

Trauma Informed Approaches for Serving the LGBTQ+ Community

Recording   |   Slides 

Jimmy Gale 

Capacity Building Community Mobilization Manager

Louisiana Department of Health STD/HIV/Hepatitis Program

March 6, 2024

Community Health Workers (Our Role in Advancing Health Equity) (Peer Recovery Specialist)

Recording   |   Slides 

Keshia Roberson, MS, RSW, BSW

Community Engagement Specialist                                                 

Louisiana Department of Health/ Office of Public Health

March 13, 2024

Addressing Race and Trauma

Recording   |   Slides 

Ecoee Rooney, DNP, RN, AFN-C, NPD-BC, DF-AFN

Director, Nursing Leadership Professional Development

Ochsner Health System

March 20, 2024

Syphilis: A Timeless Disease with Modern Challenges in Louisiana

Recording   |   Slides 

Jonathan Heiman, MD, FAAP  

Chief Medical Officer                                                                               

Children’s International Medical Group

March 27, 2024

Maternal Mental Health in Rural Communities

Recording   |   Slides 

Jody West, LCSW-BACS    

Provider to Provider Consultation Line (PPCL) Program Manager  Louisiana Department of Health

April 3, 2024

Food Insecurity In LA 

Recording   |   Slides

Jennifer Nicklas, MS-MPH, RDN, LDN

Director, Bureau of Nutrition Services

Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health

April 17, 2024

Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce and its Impact on Health Equity

Recording   |   Slides

Cynthia Bienemy, PhD, RN

CEO and Lead Researcher

All Things Professional LLC

Healthcare Workforce Research and Consulting

Our Hub Team

LaKeisha Williams, PharmD, MSPH Facilitator/Health Equity Hub Team Specialist Dr. Williams has years of experience in pharmacy practice, encompassing roles as an advisor, mentor, instructor, and preceptor to pharmacy students and pharmacy residents in the College of Pharmacy. She also extends her expertise to students in the Physician Assistant Program at Xavier University. Driven by a passion for education, she finds fulfillment in imparting knowledge on health disparities, women's and men's health, and public health, both within the classroom and in the broader community.
Ecoee Rooney, DNP, RN, AFN-C, NPD-BC, DF-AFN Nursing Care Hub Team Specialist  Ecoee Rooney is a dedicated advocate for environmental health. A 2021 graduate of the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Leadership Program by the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, Ecoee is actively involved in Ochsner PRIDE and HOLA. She began her nursing journey as a Spectrum Member at Charity School of Nursing from 1997 to 1999, showcasing her longstanding commitment to nursing excellence and community well-being.

Jonathan Heiman,


Physician Hub Team Specialist Dr. Heiman is a board-certified general pediatrician and has also trained in internal medicine in residency (combined internal medicine/pediatrics residency). He has worked as a pediatric hospitalist for 7 years prior to taking on his current role as Chief Medical Officer of Children’s International Pediatrics.  As CMO, he is responsible for quality and has oversight of over 40 pediatric providers.  Nearly two thirds of Children's International Pediatrics clinics in Louisiana and Mississippi are Rural Health Clinics, and he has a particular interest in healthcare equity.  He considers himself a lifetime student and also enjoys teaching others.  Dr. Heiman has a passion for health communication, explaining complex topics in easy to grasp ways.  

Keshia Roberson,  MS, RSW

Social Worker Hub Team Specialist  Keshia Roberson has twenty years with the Department of Children and Family Services; Community-based youth counseling, Case management in Permanent Supportive Housing, and experience with individuals living with Mental Health Diagnosis and HIV. Served and managed Residential Youth Facilities for adolescent youth ages 11 to 17 for 6 years. Regional Health Disparities Social Worker; COVID-19. She currently serve as the Community Engagement Specialist with Louisiana Department of Health/ Office of Public Health. Her position is under the umbrella of the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Healthcare Access. Keshia is currently responsible for providing statewide community outreach resources and day to day activities of the National Initiative to address COVID 19 Health Disparities among populations at high risk and underserved, including Racial and Ethnic Minority populations and rural communities. 

About the Association

Our Values

  • Integrity: We value transparency, build trust, and represent the interest of our collective membership.
  • Connection: We believe communication and relationships are critical for supporting our members.
  • Unity: We know that we can collectively impact lives of rural Louisianans through collaboration, representation, and advocacy.
  • Culture: We embody diversity, equity, and inclusion as we serve all in Rural Louisiana and leverage cultural assets as Healthcare Provider and community champions.
  • Action: We demonstrate our role as a rural health leader by serving with compassion, and embracing innovation in addressing the unique challenges of Rural Louisiana.


Denae Hebert, Executive Director 



133 Highway 402 / P.O. Box 387 

Napoleonville, LA 70390 


Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software