Health and Education Alliance of Louisiana/Why children don't learn
Sep 27, 2017
Phyllis Landrieu
Health and Education Alliance of Louisiana/Why children don't learn

Phyllis Landieu is a former member of The Orleans Parish School Board.  A professionally trained educator with numerous degrees and academic recognition... she is a long time legendary advocate of Early Childhood Wellness and Education Programs in New Orleans.  She is founder of The Mahalia Jackson Early Childhood and Family Learning Center.

Landrieu, who earned the moniker “The Dragon Lady of City Hall” for her political work in the ‘60s, explained that though New Orleans schools should not be totally responsible for a child’s health, it makes sense to bring healthcare agencies and services together at school, where children go every day. By addressing the holistic wellness of each child at the beginning of the school year, the foundation’s in-school Health and Wellness teams can develop treatment plans for kids facing medical obstacles.
“In New Orleans, there are 26,500 children living in poverty,” Landrieu said. “They are third- and fourth-generation poor, and will have no hope unless they can get an education that will lead to a decent-paying job.”
In order to give them that education, Landrieu explained, medical “roadblocks” must be cleared away, starting with basic healthcare issues like immunizations, which are legally required, and which as many as 50% of New Orleans public school students lack, according to Landrieu