Gov. John Bel Edwards Appoints LSU Vice Provost for Diversity to the Louisiana COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force
BATON ROUGE – Gov. John Bel Edwards has announced two co-chairs and appointed members to the Louisiana COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. LSU Vice Provost for Diversity Dereck J. Rovaris Sr., is among those appointed and will serve on the Community Outreach and Engagement sub-committee. The Community Outreach and Engagement sub-committee provides input on community outreach and extension activities, especially in lower socioeconomic parishes with high incidence rates.
“This is indeed important and necessary work,” Rovaris said. “The health disparities
experienced prior to COVID-19 by people of color and certainly African Americans has
been further exacerbated as we witness the percentages of COVID-19 deaths by race
in Louisiana. We must make overdue improvements to health outcomes for all of our
Several faculty and staff at LSU campuses across the state are involved in this effort to improve health outcomes and equity in Louisiana. In addition to Rovaris, they include:
Peter Katzmarzyk, Ph.D
Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Professor and Marie Edana Corcoran Endowed Chair in Pediatric Obesity and Diabetes/Assoc. Exec. Dir. for Population and Public Health Sciences, LSU
Alma C. Stewart, R.N., M.S
Louisiana Center for Health Equity
President and Founder
LSU Innovation Park tenant
Rebekah E. Gee, M.D.
LSU Health Care Services
Chief Executive Officer
Demetrius Porche, DNS, PhD, APRN, ANEF, FACHE, FAANP, FAAN
LSUHSC School of Nursing – Dean and Professor
President, Louisiana Council of Administration of Nursing Education
Leanne Fowler, DNP, MBA, APRN, AGACNP-BC, CNE
LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing
Director of NP Programs, Coordinator of AGACNP Concentration
Christopher J. Tyson, J.D.
LSU Law Center
Newman Trowbridge Distinguished Professor of Law
Kristi L. Anderson, Ph.D.
Director, Graduate Medical Education
Robert Maupin, M.D.
Associate Dean of Diversity and Community Engagement
Connie Arnold, Ph.D.
LSUHSC- Shreveport/Feist-Weiller Cancer Center
Professor of Medicine
Terry C. Davis, Ph.D.
LSUHSC-Shreveport/Feist-Weiller Cancer Center
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
All of the members of the Louisiana COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force and subcommittees can be found here: https://gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/2469.
About the LSU Office of Diversity
The LSU Office of Diversity is a division of the Office of Academic Affairs and provides support, referral and information to students, faculty and staff on issues and concerns related to diversity, equity and inclusion. For more information, please visit lsu.edu/diversity.
Contact Emmy Hicks
LSU Office of Diversity