Our Team


Benjamin F. Springgate, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine and Public Health


Dr. Springgate is a primary care internist in New Orleans who works in partnerships to improve health outcomes in under-resourced communities. Dr. Springgate is also an Associate Professor at LSU School of Medicine and School of Public Health, where he serves as Section Chief of Community and Population Medicine, Director of the Center for Healthcare Value and Equity, and Director of the MD/MPH Dual Degree Program. He is an active clinician, researcher, and educator at LSU Health Sciences Center - New Orleans.

Marcus Bachhuber, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer, Louisiana Medicaid
Assistant Professor of Medicine

2020%201:53:42%20PMDr. Marcus Bachhuber serves as both the Medicaid Medical Director for the Louisiana Department of Health, and as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in the LSU Health Sciences Center - New Orleans Section of Community and Population Medicine. Dr. Bachhuber's research interests include: HIV and other sexually trnsmitted infections, opioid use and opioid use disorder, medical marijuana and cannabis laws, discrimination in health care, and food insecurity and homelessness.

Ashley Wennerstrom, PhD, MPH

Director, Community Health Worker Institute
Associate Professor of Medicine


Dr. Wennerstrom is an Associate Professor of Research at the LSU Health Sciences Center - New Orleans Schools of Medicine and Public Health. She serves as the Director of the Louisiana Community Health Worker Institute and serves as a board member for the National Association of Community Health Workers. She has over a decade of experience conducting community-academic partnered research.

Veena Goud Billioux, DrPH

Assistant Professor - Research

Amanda Dumas, MD, MSc

Associate Medical Director, Louisiana Medicaid
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics




Terry Birkhoff

Executive Director, Taking Aim at Cancer Louisiana


Pascaline Ezouah, MPH

Project Coordinator, Community Health Worker Institute 

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Paul "Matthew' Gement, MFIN

Assistant Business Manager

Isha Matta, MPH

Program Manager for Education

Mia Orr, MHA

Transformation Program Manager


Meredith Sugarman, MPH

Associate Director, Community Health Worker Institute

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Olivia Sugarman, MPH

Program Manager for Research and Evaluation


Phillip Williams

Program Manager for Operations