Community-Partner-Updates

Community Partner Updates

See what our Community Advisory Board (CAB) members and partners have been up to this winter. Click on the photo to view a gallery of pictures and read the updates below from some of our members. To find out more about the CAB, click here.

Photos 1-3: Youth Run NOLA runs the city in 5k race
More than 1,000 runners – adults and youth – ran through the New Orleans' neighborhoods of the Marigny and Bywater to support nonprofit Youth Run NOLA during the 3rd Annual 504k race on Feb. 20. Youth Run NOLA creates and empowers a community of healthy, young leaders through running in St. Bernard, Orleans, and Jefferson Parishes. More than 300 youth from across the city completed the 504k race, and more than 1/4 of the race participants were completing their first 5k ever. Youth Run NOLA believes the 504k race is for all of New Orleans and want to continue unifying the community through running. For more information about Youth Run NOLA, visit youthrunnola.org

Photos 4-5: Krewe de Lose members meet for health support
The Brinton Family Health and Healing Center and its Krewe de Lose program are focused on providing resources and support to residents and patients. Krewe de Lose members meet regularly to support each other in their health and fitness goals at the Brinton Center in New Orleans' Mid-City neighborhood. In March, the Brinton Center will start offering fruit and veggie prescriptions to all Krewe de Lose members through a partnership with marketumbrella and the Crescent City Farmers Market. Additionally, Krewe de Lose members ran and walked in the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & 1/2 Marathon on Feb. 28 and started a fundraising campaign to help the program grow. For more information about the Krewe de Lose, visit myevent.com/teamkrewedelose

Photos 6-8: NOPD Builds Team of Bilingual Officers
For the first time in the history of the department, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is building a team of bilingual officers to improve communication and strengthen relationships with limited English speaking communities. Bilingual officers are being assigned to police districts across the city and will be utilized to communicate with limited-English speaking residents and visitors in the field. In addition, the NOPD equips officers with Electronic Translators. The devices, known as Enabling Language Service Anywhere (ELSA), are available in all eight police districts in the city.
"Overcoming language barriers in the field is a major win for our officers and members of our limited English speaking communities," said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison. "This team of certified bilingual officers will allow our officers to do their jobs safely and effectively. At the same time, it will build trust between police and limited English speaking residents and visitors."
View the entire press release here.
Here's video of NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison speaking about the program:

Photos: 9-11: Busy time of year at Grow Dat Youth Farm
It’s a busy time of year at Grow Dat Youth Farm, a New Orleans nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. The spring Leadership Program is in full swing, and 40 new young people from schools across the city have delved in to Grow Dat's programming. Each week, crew members earn an income while participating in farm activities, cooking classes, market sales, and lessons around food justice and social justice. Grow Dat’s 23-week spring farm share filled up quickly, and each week, community members stop by the farm to pick up a box of sustainable produce grown by youth at Grow Dat’s farm in City Park. Grow Dat also donates 30% of the produce grown through its Shared Harvest program. And last but not least, Grow Dat is gearing up for its annual Hootenanny barn dance fundraiser, taking place on Friday, March 11, 6:30 -10 p.m. on the farm, 150 Zachary Taylor Drive, in New Orleans. For more information, visit the Hootenany Eventbrite page.

Photo 12: Healthy living campaign launches through LSU AgCenter
A campaign to promote healthy living in New Orleans was recently launched by the educational piece of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed) formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. SNAP-Ed, which is provided through the LSU AgCenter in 37 parishes, launched a social marketing campaign in 2014 to encourage healthier living among SNAP recipients and SNAP-eligible users. The campaign promotes three key messages: Eat More Fruits and Veggies, Making Meals and Memories Together, and Be Active. Research-based marketing materials – billboards, banners, posters, brochures, recipe cards, and other items – have been distributed in Orleans Parish to retail locations, Women Infant and Children (WIC) centers, Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services offices, New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) centers, schools, community centers, libraries, farmers markets and other locations, to modify certain behaviors. LSU AgCenter 2015 evaluation report by Altarum Institute showed two-thirds of respondents (63%) were ready to make a change in their diet within the next month. The campaign is ongoing. For more information and partnership opportunities to increase outreach please contact LSU AgCenter Orleans Office at 504-658-2900 or email eclement@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Photos 13-15: Water Wise NOLA helps residents protect their homes
Global Green NOLA and its Water Wise NOLA program has held free home assessments, including one in February. The home assessments were given away as prizes from the Water Wise Workshops held in 10 different neighborhoods in 2014 and 2015. The home assessment winner is asked to invite neighbors, friends and family to attend and they spend an hour doing a walk-through of the property. During this walk-through, they discuss issues that the property faces when it comes to flooding, subsidence, poor drainage, etc. Then they talk about remedies to address these issues (rain barrels, rain gardens, bioswales, french drains, etc.). Attendees also have an opportunity to ask questions about issues that they face on their own property. These assessments are led by Dana Brown, a certified landscape architect, of Dana Brown & Associates, Inc. For more info about home assessments and Global Green’s Water Wise program, visit waterwisenola.org.

Partner-submitted photos and updates compiled by Tulane PRC staff
March 2016

Topics:   community health , community advisory board , obesity , physical activity , nutrition , diet , food environment ,

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