Learn about Family Coaching and Support Programs:

Healthcare Resources

Find a Doctor

If you or your child has Medicaid and are enrolled in one of the five Healthy Louisiana (formerly Bayou Health) health plans listed below, search for a provider here.

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup
  • AmeriHealth Caritas
  • Louisiana Healthcare Connections
  • UnitedHealthcare

If you don’t have health insurance, find a doctor or clinic here:

Update
As of July 7, 2016, the East Baton Rouge Parish Health Unit (PHU) is temporarily closed. Clients of the health unit should call 225-342-6933 for more information. Clients may still receive services at any other PHU. Nearby health units include: Livingston, Port Allen, New Roads, Gonzales, and Clinton. This website will be updated as more information about locations and services in the Baton Rouge area become available.

To find out if you are eligible for Medicaid, visit the Healthy Louisiana website or call 1-888-342-6207.

To find list of dentists that accept Medicaid click here.

Types of Doctors

  • Obstetrician Gynecologist (OB/GYN):  An OB/GYN is a doctor who specializes in women’s reproductive health and provides care during pregnancy and childbirth.
  • Family Practice Physician:  A Family Practice Physician, or Primary Care Physician, provides care to the entire family regardless of age, sex, and illness.
  • Pediatrician:  A Pediatrician is a doctor who specializes in the care of infants and children under the age of 18.
Clinics

Parish Health Units

Parish Health Units provide a wide range of health services.
Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Pregnancy testing
  • WIC services
  • Immunizations
  • Family planning

To find your nearest Parish Health Unit, click here.

Update:
As of July 7, 2016, the East Baton Rouge Parish Health Unit (PHU) is temporarily closed. Clients of the health unit should call 225-342-6933 for more information. Clients may still receive services at any other PHU. Nearby health units include: Livingston, Port Allen, New Roads, Gonzales, and Clinton. This website will be updated as more information about locations and services in the Baton Rouge area become available.

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)

Federally Qualified Health Centers are another option for new parents and pregnant women seeking care. FQHCs provide:

  • Basic health services
  • Preventative health services
  • Referrals
  • Patient Education

To find your nearest Federally Qualified Health Center, click here. For a more detailed list of services provided by FQHCs, click here.

Pregnancy Testing

Where to get a pregnancy test:

If you’re a teen, check out the Adolescent Healthcare Resource Guide, a downloadable PDF that lists services just for you.

Prenatal Care

Prenatal care is medical care a woman gets while she is pregnant. Prenatal care allows doctors to spot, treat, and prevent health problems that can harm mom and baby. You should get prenatal care as soon as you find out you are pregnant.

Where do I get prenatal care?

  • Your current OB/GYN
  • Your private health care insurance network
  • Your Healthy Louisiana (formerly Bayou Health) provider. Find a provider who takes Medicaid here.

What happens during a prenatal care visit?

During a prenatal care visit, your doctor will ask you a few questions and talk to you about healthy habits during pregnancy.

During a prenatal care visit, your doctor will:

  • Give you a physical exam
  • Test blood, urine, and blood pressure
  • Listen to your baby’s heartbeat
  • Measure your stomach

What should I ask?

Your doctor can help you with any questions or concerns you have. Talk to your doctor about:

  • Childbirth classes
  • Parenting classes
  • Breastfeeding
  • How much weight to gain

Are you a first time mom? Check out Nurse Family Partnership

Mental Health

If you need mental health help, services or treatment for
addictions such as substance abuse, these resources may help.

Helplines

  • Call 911 for immediate medical emergencies, or call 211 for non-emergencies.
  • Compulsive Gambling: (877) 770-7867
  • Alcohol / Drug Helpline: (877) 664-2248
  • Louisiana Spirit Crisis Counselor: (866) 310-7977

If you have a Healthy Louisiana (formerly Bayou Health) plan, click here or call 1-855-229-6848 for information and resources, and to find a behavioral/mental health provider.

Immunizations

Where to Get Shots for Your Children

More Resources

STDs & HIV

Local Resources

  • The CDC’s National HIV & STD Testing Resource and the Louisiana Statewide AIDS/STD Infoline at 1-800-99-AIDS-9 (1-800-992-4379) can help you find a testing site.
  • Visit LA HIV411 for information about AIDS education, prevention, and resources available in Louisiana.
  • Visit the NO/AIDS Task Force website to find out where you can get an HIV test or HIV/AIDS counseling in the New Orleans area.

National Resources

  • Visit American Sexual Health Association or call (919) 361-8500 to get information about STDs, symptoms, treatment, free and anonymous testing sites, and resources for HIV+ individuals.
  • Visit We > AIDS for more information on STDs and AIDS.
Reproductive Health & Family Planning

The Louisiana Office of Public Health’s Reproductive Health Program can assist you by offering disease screening, health education, counseling services, and contraceptive methods.

Reproductive Health Clinic Directory and Services

A list of clinics and services can be found here.

To find a family planning clinic near you, check out the Reproductive Health Program website and enter your zip code in the box on the top right of the page. These clinics all take Medicaid.

Clinics that are part of the Louisiana Office of Public Health Reproductive Health Program offer the following services:

  • Physical exam, including Pap test and clinical breast exam
  • Family planning counseling and education
  • Provision of medications and/or supplies as needed
  • Testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV/AIDS
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Sterilization counseling, education, and referral
  • Tubal ligation and vasectomy
  • Preconception counseling (“Planning Your Pregnancy”)
  • Reproductive health education and information
  • Consultations and referrals for infertility
  • Community outreach, tracking, and maintenance of high risk patients
  • Education and information targeting adolescents
Lead Poisoning Prevention

What is lead and why is it a problem?

Lead is a heavy metal commonly found in the environment that can be toxic to people and animals. Lead is particularly dangerous to children – their growing bodies absorb more lead than adults do, and their brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead.

People can be exposed to lead when they inhale lead dust or ingest lead-contaminated water or other items. Babies and young children can also be exposed to higher levels of lead because they often put their hands and other objects – that can have lead from dust or soil on them – into their mouths. Lead exposure is also a concern for pregnant women, as coming into contact with lead while pregnant may expose the baby to lead as well.

Thankfully, lead poisoning is preventable if you take the right steps!

What are the possible long term health effects of lead on children?

  • Growth delay
  • Learning disabilities
  • Attention disorders
  • Behavioral problems
  • Lower IQ

What are the major sources of lead exposure?

  • Lead-based paint, especially in homes built before 1978
  • Drinking water that passed through from lead pipes
  • Dust and soil contaminated by lead paint
  • Imported candy from Mexico
  • Toys imported from outside of the US (including Mardi Gras beads)
  • Cosmetics/makeup
  • Hobby supplies found in local stores
  • Antiques and pottery from Mexico

How do I keep my child safe from lead exposure?

Check out the Louisiana Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program’s Toolkit for tips and resources to help you keep your child from coming into contact with lead.

How do I know if I or my child has come into contact with lead?

Lead poisoning often presents itself without any symptoms, but your doctor can perform a blood test to determine if your child has been exposed to lead. If you are pregnant or have a child between 6 months and 6 years old, ask your doctor about getting you or your child tested for blood lead levels. If you live in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard or Plaquemines Parish, you can also ask your local WIC office about lead testing.

For more information

To learn more about what you can do to protect yourself and your children from lead, as well as what resources are available to help, click here.

Partners for Healthy Babies