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Preparations underway for local, national presentations on PRC work

New Orleans plays host to two large conferences this fall, at which staff of the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) will present findings related to school-based nutrition and food initiatives, neighborhood factors related to physical activity, changes to food access in New Orleans and Louisiana and other issues related to community health. PRC work will also be featured at a conference in Washington, D.C., this fall.

This fall’s conferences start with the second annual Farm to Table International (F2Ti) Symposium, August 2-4. Under the theme of "The Process," the symposium brings together restaurateurs, farmers, policymakers, researchers, and others to examine the agricultural-culinary cycle at all levels. On Aug. 2, Tulane PRC's public health consultant Mary Kathryn Poole will present work by a PRC team that examined how Louisiana could improve its position in the America's Health Rankings through strategies related to Farm to School and Women, Infants and Children Cash Value Vouchers (WIC CVV) food assistance. Poole will also present this research, along with other strategies to improve Louisiana's public health rankings at the Community Indicators Consortium in Washington, D.C., Sept. 29-30.

The culminating conference this fall is the American Public Health Association's Annual Meeting, Nov. 15-19, which will draw more than 12,000 public health professionals, researchers, community members and advocates from across the world to New Orleans. Tulane PRC faculty and staff will present on PRC work and related activities in several oral and poster presentations. Here are the Tulane PRC presentations:

  • On Nov. 17, PRC communications coordinator Naomi Englar will speak on a panel titled “Media advocacy: How to make public health matter in media.”
  • Lori Andersen, a Tulane doctoral student who has worked on multiple PRC projects, will present a poster on Nov. 17 titled "Factors Associated with Student Use of School-Based Salad Bars."
  • PRC faculty investigator Jeanette Gustat will speak on a panel on Nov. 18. The presentation, "Food access, consumption and shopping patterns in two low income neighborhoods in New Orleans," will discuss preliminary findings from Makin' Groceries, a PRC project led by a partnership of community members, nonprofits, local universities and health institutes.
  • Also on Nov. 18, Gustat will present on "worksite wellness policies within hospitals," which will cover a multi-site study designed to examine how hospitals promote physical activity and healthy eating among employees and visitors.
  • A New Orleans-focused panel on Nov. 18 titled "Redefining Laissez Le Bon Temps Roule: Enhancing Physical Activity Opportunities in New Orleans" will feature two PRC projects. Andersen will present findings from the Partnership for an Active Community Environment (PACE) project in New Orleans. Lessons from the PRC's KidsWalk project will also be presented during the panel by former PRC program manager Naomi Doerner.
  • On Nov. 19, the PRC will give two presentations for another New Orleans-focused panel titled "New Orleans Foodography: Place-based food access issues in the tenth year after Katrina." PRC Assistant Director Keelia O'Malley will speak about changes in neighborhood residents’ fruit and vegetable purchases after the opening of new supermarkets in New Orleans; while Adrienne Mundorf, a PRC program manager, will speak on changes in food access disparities in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.
  • Kat Theall, a faculty investigator at the PRC, will present Nov. 18 on research on the biological impact of community and family violence in children, specifically examining the link between witnessing violence and telomere length in DNA.
  • Catherine Haywood, the PRC’s community service program manager, will present Nov. 17 on New Orleans nonprofit Women With A Vision, which has worked to capture the stories of frustrated women, women of color, and LGBT people by going to the streets to talk with them about their health care options. On Nov. 18, Haywood will present on supporting Community Health Workers in New Orleans and beyond the city.
  • Ashley Wennerstrom, a collaborator at the Tulane PRC, will present Nov. 17 on how community-academic partnerships support post-disaster recovery and resilience. Wennerstrom will also present Nov. 19 on integrating behavioral health-focused Community Health Workers into primary care.

Topics:   community health , community advisory board , nutrition , diet , physical activity , built environment , sidewalks , policy , wic , food environment , school food , agriculture , obesity , childhood obesity

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