Billioux named LCS Distinguished Alum

Dr. Alex Billioux is the 2021 recipient of the Jimmy D. Long, Sr. Louisiana Scholars’ College Distinguished Alumni Award. The award is presented annually to a graduate of the Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University who has been extraordinarily successful in their career and exemplifies the life of public service and commitment exhibited by the late State Representative Jimmy Long.

In Louisiana, Billioux is best known for his role as assistant secretary of the Office of Public Health in the Louisiana Department of Health. Between March and October of 2020, Billioux served as a special advisor to Gov. John Bell Edwards on public health measures that were enacted to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus from its initial outbreak in New Orleans.

Billioux previously played a central role in developing the nation’s first comprehensive plan for widespread Hepatitis C treatment and set up a long-term program for Hepatitis C control and elimination. He also launched the Louisiana Community Healthways program to address social needs of residents impacted by health issues.

Prior to his service with the LDH, Billioux was senior ddvisor to the director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation where he led programs for Accountable Health Communities and Integrated Care for Kids. He was a 2015-16 White House Fellow, working at the Department of Health and Human Services. Billioux has also served outside the U.S., working on treatment and prevention programs for HIV, tuberculosis and other diseases associated with poverty in Guatemala, Haiti, India, South Africa and Uganda.

Billioux studied biology, chemistry and philosophy in the Louisiana Scholars’ College, received his M.D. from Johns Hopkins University and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in England. He currently has a part-time appointment in the Medical School of Johns Hopkins University and is the vice president for Social Determinants of Health at United Health Care Government Programs.

Established by the Louisiana Board of Regents for Higher Education in 1987, the Louisiana Scholars’ College serves as the state’s selective-admission honors college of the liberal arts and sciences. Its mission is to provide highly motivated students with a rigorous, customized honors education firmly grounded in the liberal arts and sciences.

Photo Credits: Head shot – Louisiana Department of Health (Sean Ellis)

Photo with Governor Edwards – The Advocate/Travis Spalding


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2 thoughts on “Billioux named LCS Distinguished Alum

  1. It is time to let this issue go. We have a vaccine and it clearly shows it works. Just like they said early on. Now, they say, you still need a mask, and other restrictions. This is confusing. If the directives we receive contradict, then people don’t trust. Then they get no vaccine.

    Fauci, who originally said masks were not necessary looks ridiculous wearing two masks in a room all alone after receiving a vaccine.

    This was poorly run early on, and is still poorly run. The one thing that was really a disaster, was that no one directed nursing homes to initiate isolation procedures in nursing homes early on. Isolation means separating people with contagious diseases into a separate area of the facility with proper use of ppe by all who work with these infected residents. Before isolation was in place, residents who were sick with covid, but not sick enough to be in the hospital were kept in the integrated facility, in the same room with roommate and employees were in and out of the room catching covid themselves, and spreading it to others. In New York the illness was spread “like wildfire”. And sadly here in two of Natchitoches’ nursing homes.

    It is obvious DHS officials are unaware of basic isolation which has been around since I was in nursing school. I guess they get so high up the ladder, they don’t bother with things below them. I don’t know, but if someone would have had a nurse and a hospital housekeeper on the decision making board, things would have been much better.

    The greatest decision was the sending of the Navy hospital ship to New York. Here you had a separate facility, state of the art, with the best the medical field has to offer in terms of care: all by itself. No one else but covid patients and a well trained staff of medical personnel. But no one used it.

    Also, temporary hospitals tents was another great idea. We could have used the tents everywhere and lives would have been spared.

    So sad.

  2. You should look up the term “Social Determinants of Health”. Interesting reading especially how the World Health Organization is deep into this and explains some of the nonsensical mandates coming out of the Governor’s office.

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