Roundup: $3.7M awarded to Ochsner, LSU / Essence fest / Drug prices rule blocked 

    Funding boost: The federal Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded $3.73 million to the LSU School of Social Work for an initiative to improve the quality of life for Louisiana residents and families living with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, Ochsner Health System announced. The LSU School of Social Work will work with Ochsner, the Chamberlain University College of Nursing and Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area on the project, and is one of only three social work programs nationally to receive this funding recognition. 

    Tourism: The 2019 Essence Festival attracted more than half a million attendees to New Orleans this Fourth of July weekend, one of largest gatherings in the event’s history, organizers said. Throughout the weekend, seven 2020 Presidential candidates made appearances. The festival also held its first Global Black Economic Forum, which featured Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, Chase Consumer Banking CEO Thasunda Duckett, Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard Tyson, Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey, and TDJ Enterprises CEO TD Jakes, among others. Read the full rundown of the festival numbers. 

    Drug ruling: A federal judge on Monday blocked a Trump administration rule requiring drugmakers to put prices in television ads, a central part of the president’s push to lower the cost of prescription medications, The Wall Street Journal reports. The decision from U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington, D.C., is the latest blow to a number of administrative actions on health care designed to lower drug prices. The lawsuit was brought by three pharmaceutical companies: Merck & Co., Eli Lilly & Co. and Amgen Inc. Read the full story. 

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