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Katrina: The Health Aftermath (2005)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2005-10-19

Duration: 00:54:40

Subjects: Hurricane Katrina, 2005 | Hurricane Rita, 2005 | Health Care | Public health | HEALTH INSURANCE | Louisiana Charity Hospital System | Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center | Sewage treatment plants | Mental Health | Hurricane recovery


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Freeman, Craig Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Associate Producer
  • Mason, Starr Interviewee
  • Ratard, Raoult Interviewee
  • Davidge, Robert C. Interviewee
  • Post, David Interviewee
  • Kasofsky, Jan Interviewee
  • Peters, Mark Interviewee
  • Lopez, Fred Interviewee
  • Jackson, Michael Interviewee
  • Matessino, John A. Interviewee
  • Murray, Barbara Speaker
  • Riley, Melvin Speaker
  • Schulze, John Speaker
  • Nungesser, Sally Speaker
  • Fort, Yvonne Speaker
  • Longnecker, Joan Speaker
  • Demastes, William Speaker
  • Stuart, Kevin Speaker
  • McCutchan, Garrett Speaker
  • Parms, Carolann Speaker
  • Vito, Thomas Speaker
  • Muller, Robert Speaker
  • Bellinger, Michelle Speaker
  • Moses, Catherine Speaker
  • Tate, Rose Speaker
  • Spencer, Nastacha Speaker
  • Smithburg, Don Panelist
  • Schedler, Tom Panelist
  • Bower-Stephens, Cheryll Panelist
  • Guidry, Jimmy Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from October 19, 2005, features Craig Freeman leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on issues related to health care in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. The panelists are: Donald Smithburg, the CEO of the LSU Health Sciences Center and the Charity Hospital System; State Senator Tom Schedler, a member of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee; Dr. Cheryll Bower-Stephens, the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Mental Health at the Department of Health and Hospitals; and Dr. Jimmy Guidry, the State Health Officer. They discuss: their concerns over the availability of health care facilities in the New Orleans area; the need to rebuild a better health care system in the state; the need to provide access to health clinics, especially for the uninsured; their concerns over the lack of functioning sewage treatment plants in New Orleans following the storms; and mental health issues related to the storms. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Craig Freeman