Diane Tracy serves as the Region 6 Community Health Educator with AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana. She educates community members who qualify for Medicaid through this Healthy Louisiana program. Their mission is to help people get care, stay well, and build healthy communities.
Diane has been in the Medicaid field for over 20 years. She began her career as LaChip Outreach Coordinator through CHRISTUS Cabrini Hospital and over the past eight years has worked with AmeriHealth Caritas. Diane has been instrumental in implementing the Buddy Bench program at 32 schools and Head Start centers in Louisiana. Buddy Bench is an anti-bullying campaign. The prevention concept includes reading and talking to young children about bullying.
Lead screening has been a member incentive benefit with AmeriHealth Caritas. Members receive a care card, which is a financial incentive to have their child screened for lead per CDC recommended guidelines at ages 1 and 2 years. The card may then be used for needed supplies such as over the counter medications, diapers, or fresh fruit/vegetables. Diane is currently working with her company’s state leadership to continue this incentive and educate members on lead poisoning prevention. Another unique company member benefit is providing two inhalers for children with asthma. The company provides two inhalers for every child, so he/she has one for home and another for school use to maintain wellness.
Diane visits homes, identifies health education needs, and notifies her supervisor of anything unsafe. Thank you to all of our partners like Diane Tracy who work together to improve the health of families through healthy homes education.
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