PRC-Staff-Spotlight

PRC Staff Spotlight

Ashley Wennerstrom, PhD, MPH, is a collaborating faculty member with the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). Wennerstrom's work focuses on the PRC's core project (2014-2019 grant cycle) and its components related to training Community Health Workers to support neighborhoods and residents.
Wennerstrom has experience and passion for supporting Community Health Workers. She is the director of the Louisiana Community Health Worker Training Institute and is co-founder and past chair of the Louisiana Community Health Outreach Network, a local professional group for community health workers. She is also a collaborator working with the University of Arizona's Prevention Research Center related to the Community Health Worker field. Wennerstrom is also very active within the American Public Health Association (APHA), serving as a section councilor and treasurer for the Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section. She also serves a co-chair of the policy committee for the Community Health Workers Section of APHA.
She also leads a number of other community-based projects designed to positively impact health outcomes. Wennerstrom and fellow Tulane PRC staff member Catherine Haywood are dual Principal Investigators (PIs) on a current National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Community Based Participatory Research study focused on intimate partner violence and birth outcomes. She is also leading a project, funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), that aims to address barriers that former prisoners face in accessing health care and support services for chronic conditions and behavioral disorders.
Wennerstrom is also the Community Health Clerkship Director for the Tulane School of Medicine, an elective course which educates students about the social determinants of health, the non-medical aspects of patients' lives such as education, housing, employment, language, environment, nutrition, and safety. From 2008-2010, Wennerstrom served as associate director of the REACH NOLA Mental Health Infrastructure and Training Project, a community-academic partnered mental health quality improvement initiative.
Wennerstrom received a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Spanish from the University of Colorado. She served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity prior to earning an MPH from the University of Arizona. She received a PhD from the department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Contact: awenners@tulane.edu

Topics:   community health , policy , health communication

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