Louisiana caregivers, you need to be heard

The Geaux Talk campaign gives Louisiana parents and caregivers the tools to start conversations about sexual health at home and to contact their school board members about including comprehensive sex education (CSE) in their child’s school curriculum.


The Louisiana Public Health Institute’s Geaux Talk Program will host a LGBTQ+ Youth town hall in Shreveport for LGBTQ+ young people and their support systems to openly discuss the environment for LGBTQ+ youth in Shreveport. A conversation will be faciliated by local advocates to better understand the needs and questions LGBTQ+ youth have related to physical and mental healthcare, sexual health information, social support, policy and legal support, and more.  

The town hall is set to be a welcoming and open environment to bring awareness to the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of queer individuals, and to provide access to safe spaces for them to learn, grow, and thrive. 

The discussion from the event will be used to plan larger programmatic efforts geared towards supporting LGBTQ+ youth, parents, teachers, social workers, allies, and more.Youth and their families REGISTER HERE.

Youth and Young Adult Health in
Shreveport, Louisiana: 2021 Survey Results

Young people ages 15 to 24 in the Shreveport region deserve access to quality and comprehensive health services and education, however, many experience negative health outcomes that may be related to the conditions in which they live, work, and play. In order to address the health concerns of young people in the area, Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) conducted a one-year landscape assessment to identify the existing resources, gaps in services, major health concerns for this age group, the challenges in addressing health outcomes, and the opportunities for improving the overall health of young people in the region.
Overall, mental health and sexual health were of the greatest concern for young people in the region. The assessment was conducted amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has exacerbated underlying mental health concerns and the effects of trauma on the mental well-being of young people. Mental health was mentioned as a top concern by every stakeholder type. Young people felt overwhelmingly as though there are not enough resources to support mental health and that there were few places to turn for services.

Click here to download the Youth and Young Adult Health Survey Report

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