Press release

AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana and Governing Present Putting the Community Back in Healthcare

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Caritas Louisiana
, a Healthy
Medicaid managed care organization and part of the AmeriHealth
Caritas Family of Companies
, and Governing, the nation’s leading
media platform covering politics, policy and management for state and
local government leaders, have collaborated to release Putting the
Community Back in Healthcare
, a roadmap for improving communication
and engagement in support of local communities. The paper is available
for download from

In 2018, AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana hosted two roundtables in
collaboration with Governing at the plan’s Shreveport and New Orleans
Community Wellness Centers to explore the issues of communication and
coordination among stakeholders in delivering effective community
health. This paper highlights some of the important conversations that
took place at the roundtables and spotlights examples of success that
emerged from the events themselves, as well as from follow-up
conversations with experts throughout the country.

“Because we know that overall well-being means more than just physical
healthcare, AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana has built a coalition of
community partners throughout the state to help ensure we deliver
meaningful and impactful services,” said AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana
Market President Kyle Viator. “It takes a whole-body, member-centered
approach and all of us working together to innovate and identify
resources. A community focus is critical to finding answers that may
lead to better solutions that ultimately contribute to improved health
and well-being.”

“It’s becoming increasingly clear that to be effective, healthcare needs
to move far beyond merely treating disease,” said Publisher and
Governing Institute Director Mark Funkhouser. “It needs to be focused on
the whole person and placed in the context of the whole community and
the entirety of the individual’s place within the community. That’s why
we at the Governing Institute were grateful for the opportunity to work
with AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana – one of the very first managed care
organizations to develop an integrated model of care ­ in developing
this white paper aimed at helping others put the community back in

About AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana

AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana is one of five Medicaid managed care plans
that participate in the Healthy Louisiana program. AmeriHealth Caritas
Louisiana helps Louisiana families get proper care and stay well.
AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana works with communities in need to achieve
positive health outcomes throughout the state. For more information, go

About AmeriHealth Caritas

AmeriHealth Caritas is one of the nation’s leaders in health care
solutions for those most in need. Operating in 11 states and the
District of Columbia, AmeriHealth Caritas serves more than 5 million
Medicaid, Medicare and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
members through its integrated managed care products, pharmaceutical
benefit management and specialty pharmacy services, and behavioral
health services. Headquartered in Philadelphia, AmeriHealth Caritas is a
mission-driven organization with more than 35 years of experience
serving low-income and chronically ill populations. AmeriHealth Caritas
is part of the Independence Health Group in partnership with Blue Cross
Blue Shield of Michigan. For more information, visit

About Governing

Governing covers politics, policy and management for state and
local government leaders. Recognized as the most credible and
authoritative voice in its field, Governing provides non-partisan
news, insight and analysis on budget and finance; transportation and
infrastructure; workforce and economic development; health and human
services and more. Governing is a division of e.Republic, the
nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state
and local government and education.