Message-from-the-Director

Message from the Director

As Director of the Tulane PRC, I am truly excited about our new funding and our new work in New Orleans communities. Our Principal Investigator for Research, Jeanette Gustat, has an appeal that I am happy to use as our message for this newsletter. Please see Jeanette’s message below.

Carolyn C. Johnson, PhD, FAAHB
Director, Tulane Prevention Research Center

With many stores getting into the “back to school sale” mode, thoughts of the new academic year and incoming class of students are typical this time of year. This year, however, there is something new in the mix. We at the PRC are preparing for our new community projects and are enthusiastic about being able to apply our years of experience and expertise about physical activity and healthy eating into the neighborhoods of New Orleans. And there is no way that we can do this alone.
We are excited to do this work with the continued collaboration of our community partners. We will be working in the upper and lower 9th Ward and in particular neighborhoods of New Orleans East. We plan to establish a coalition of community partners for each area to help plan and guide the work. We hope that our existing partners, as well as new ones who are interested, will want to participate in these coalitions to make these neighborhoods and their residents healthier. “Back to school” means getting lists together and making plans, kind of like a new start, a new school year, a new approach to health, together. We know the work we want to do won’t have as much impact if it isn’t done together. We want our efforts to mean something and be relevant for those in the community. Help guide us so that we can be as effective as we can. At monthly meetings, I hope the coalitions will help the PRC make decisions about what efforts to undertake in the community, the best way to recruit study participants, and other project issues. Please join us.
If you are interested in participating in either the coalition for the work in the 9th Ward or the coalition for the work in New Orleans East and want to know more, please contact me, Jeanette Gustat, phone 504-988-1029, email gustat@tulane.edu, or our Community Outreach Manager, Catherine Haywood, phone 504-988-1158, email chaywood@tulane.edu.

Topics:   community health , community advisory board , built environment , food environment

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