Alma C. Stewart
Alma C. Stewart is the founder and president of the Louisiana Center for Health Equity, a nonprofit organization she established in 2010 to address disparities in health and health care, with a focus on wellness and community health. Ms. Stewart is a registered nurse, former career state civil servant, an entrepreneur and avid advocate. After retiring from the Louisiana Department of Health as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the early 2000s, she launched A. Charles Stewart Consultants where she specialized in organization development, as well as subject matter expertise in areas pertaining to health equity and disability topics. Among her recent significant accomplishments is organizing and leading a broad coalition, the Campaign for Healthcare for Everyone – Louisiana, to advocate for access to healthcare coverage through Medicaid expansion. After a three-year battle for this policy, in January 2016, Louisiana became the first state in the Deep South to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act closing the coverage gap for over 450,000 adults who now have healthcare insurance. She is the host of Today's Health Topics, a weekly radio show on WTQT 106.1 FM, Facebook Live and the worldwide web reaching local, national and international audiences. Ms. Stewart is a recent fellow of the second cohort of the national Children’s Health Leadership Network and a current member of the Children’s Advocacy Leadership Network to advance child health policy and advocacy with a focus on reducing health disparities for children and families.