Fit NOLA Forum 2016

November 4th, 2016

1-5 p.m.

3600 Desire Pkwy, New Orleans, LA 70126

The Fit NOLA Steering Committee and the New Orleans Health Department are excited to invite you to the 2016 Fit NOLA Forum.

Event Details:
Friday, November 4th, 1pm to 5pm
Free and Open to the Public
(Lunch will be provided)
Abundance of Desire Community Center –
3600 Desire Pkwy, New Orleans, LA 70126
Please complete the following survey to indicate your desire to attend:

During last year’s assembly, we enjoyed an afternoon of activities that allowed participants the opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals and explore the various facets of Fit NOLA work.

This year we’re excited to build on past efforts through networking and action steps for community alignment, while strengthening neighborhood specific connections.

The created afternoon aims to:

- Provide an update on current Fit NOLA activities – Provide vision and direction to cross-sector connections and opportunities – Provide networking space to professionals and resources by neighborhood – Bring the community to the table in decision making

What’s the point?
Fit NOLA hopes to further collaborative partnerships, while aligning the community work that already exists. There are gaps, we hear that, we discuss those gaps in the many coalition gatherings that occur, we hope to create a space where the folks in the different coalitions are talking to each other and hearing from the community.

Why are we doing this?
We hope to place faces to the names you hear about and attach places to the programs you’ve seen information on.
We also just really enjoy icebreakers and really good food.

Questions? Call 504-658-2564 or email

"Design for Social Impact: Opportunities for Public Health"

November 7th, 2016

12-1 p.m.

Room 1201, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canal Street, New Orleans LA 70112

The Tulane Prevention Research Center, the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, and Tulane University Office of Academic Affairs present the Fall 2016 Innovations in Public Health Research & Practice Seminar Series…

“Design for Social Impact: Opportunities for Public Health”
featuring Liz Ogbu, Taylor Fellow Expert-in-Residence and Designer, Urbanist, and Social Innovator

This seminar will explore the concept of design thinking for environmental and social impact and describe the implementation of novel and innovative programs in challenged urban communities globally. It will examine the opportunities at the intersection between human-centered design, social innovation and community engagement. (This seminar was originally scheduled in February 2016, but was rescheduled due to dangerous storms in the area at the time.)

This seminar is free and open to the public. Light lunch will be provided.

Liz Ogbu is an expert on social and spatial innovation in challenged urban environments globally. From designing shelters for immigrant day laborers in the U.S. to a water and health social enterprise for low-income Kenyans, Liz has a long history of working with communities in need to leverage the power of design to deliver social impact. She is founder and principal of Studio O, a multidisciplinary design and innovation firm, as well as adjunct faculty at UC Berkeley and Stanford’s Previous roles include first-ever Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Art & Public Life at California College of the Arts, Innovator-in-Residence through the inaugural Fellowship, and Design Director at the nonprofit Public Architecture. Her projects have been featured in museum exhibitions and received numerous design awards globally. She has also written for and been profiled in publications such as the Boston Globe, Metropolis, Core 77, and the Journal of Urban Design. Her honors include Aspen Ideas Scholar, Next City Vanguard, Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, and one of Public Interest Design’s Top 100. She earned architecture degrees from Wellesley College and Harvard University. Innovator Liz Ogbu will visit the school on several occasions throughout the school year, teaching in the area of design thinking and delivering a public lecture.

Questions, contact Naomi at or 504-988-7410.

The Tulane PRC is a member of the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers Program, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), under cooperative agreement #U48DP005050. Funding for this seminar was made possible in part by the CDC, the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, and Tulane University Office of Academic Affairs. The views expressed in written seminar materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


Innovative Approaches to Prevention & Management of Childhood Obesity

November 9th, 2016

12-1pm CT/ 1-2pm ET

Online webinar & in-person group viewing

Please join us for a group viewing of the Fall 2016 Tulane CEMCH and Tulane PRC Webinar, in partnership with APHA,…

“Innovative Approaches to Prevention and Management of Childhood Obesity”
featuring Dr. Melinda Sothern, PhD, CEP, Professor, Louisiana State University School of Public Health and School of Medicine

Webinar sponsors: American Public Health Association, Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health, and Tulane Prevention Research Center

About the Webinar:
Childhood obesity prevalence rates have steadily risen throughout the last several decades along with many associated proposed solutions at every level from the family circle to the national arena. In this webinar “Innovative Approaches to Prevention and Management of Pediatric Obesity: Physiopathological Basis and Successful Interventions,” Dr. Melinda Sothern, PhD, CEP, presents her findings from years of experience studying pediatric obesity as well as evidence of successful and manageable prevention initiatives that can be used to guide both future research and current practice.

Dr. Sothern first describes the unique physiopathological basis of obesity in children and protective factors that give some kids an advantage in managing weight as they grow. She highlights the importance of the health of the mother during pregnancy, stable metabolic health through childhood, and social factors surrounding the child that aid in maintaining normal energy levels and weight. Building from an array of scientific evidence, Dr. Sothern presents interdisciplinary approaches to prevention and management while identifying potential future targets of high-quality multilevel programming, such as women of childbearing age, clinicians, and preschoolers. The webinar concludes with evidence-based strategies for including more nutrition and physical activity into family activities, including the implementation of family routines and parental role modeling.

Webinar attendees will be able to understand the development of childhood obesity from a pathological perspective, be able to identify targets for intervention, and receive practical guidelines for prevention and management of childhood obesity from the family home.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Melinda Sothern is a licensed clinical exercise physiologist and a tenured Professor and Jim Finks Endowed Chair in Health Promotion in the Behavioral and Community Health Sciences Program, Schools of Public Health and Medicine at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

If you’re not able to view the webinar with us at Tulane, you can register and watch it on your own computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone at the following link:

Questions? Contact Naomi Englar at or 504-988-7410.

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