New Orleans is a Louisiana city on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico. Nicknamed the “Big Easy,” it’s known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African, Caribbean, and American cultures. A music lovers’ paradise, home to Jazz, Zydeco, R&B, and Soul, New Orleans has produced many musical giants, from Louis Armstrong to Trombone Shorty and Harry Connick, Jr. The city offers a combination of city life and rural plantations, swamp tours, and festivals, including Mardi Gras, the late-winter carnival famed for costumed parades and street parties.
Reported in 2019, Louisiana’s poverty rate is 5.5% higher than the national average of 13.1%. An estimated 843,626 Louisianans lived below the poverty line -- $12,140 for an individual and $25,100 for a family of four.
Federally qualified health centers and community clinics throughout the state are helping to meet the needs of the underserved. The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry also provides dental care, at a reduced rate compared to private practices. The School of Dentistry accepts 75 students, 56 slots reserved for residents of Louisiana, up to 4 positions for Arkansas residents, and 15 positions from other states. NYU Langone Dental Medicine and its health center affiliates help to ensure equitable and affordable dental care while enhancing and honing the skills of postdoctoral dental practitioners.
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