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Students showcase Tulane PRC research at conferences

In April, student research assistants at the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) showcased their work and research with two projects at the center.

Sara Beth Harrell (photo 2), senior at Tulane Newcomb College Institute, presented at the Engaged Scholarship and Social Justice Undergraduate Research Conference held at Harvard University. Harrell shared the findings of focus groups that were part of Movin' for LIFE, a core research project at the PRC. Following the Health Belief Model, these focus groups explored factors that prevent low-income, minority residents in New Orleans from adopting healthy eating habits. Harrell won third place at the conference for her outstanding work. After receiving a B.S. in Public Health this May, Harrell hopes to pursue her interest in research at the graduate level.

Skylar Lewis (photo 3) also presented on the Movin' for LIFE focus groups at the Tulane Health Sciences Research Days. Lewis is a PhD Student in Aging Studies at Tulane University School of Medicine and Center for Aging. During her poster presentation, she highlighted the influences and barriers to healthy eating and physical activity facing adults in the Ninth Ward and New Orleans East. Lewis enjoyed the opportunity to share her research findings and practice talking to people about research. As Lewis continues her studies at Tulane, she hopes to collaborate with the PRC to lead her own project.

Megan Hall (photo 1), an MPH student focusing on nutrition at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM), presented at the Tulane Health Science Research Days, as well. Hall presented findings from focus groups conducted with stakeholders of Edible Schoolyard New Orleans. Through her research, Hall found that ESY is valued by all stakeholders and the valued attributes of the program fit within an Ecological Model of factors that influence eating behavior. Hall received the Dean of SPHTM Award for Excellence in Research and Presentation by a Public Health Masters Student. Following graduation this May, Hall will begin the Dietetic Internship at Tulane University and continue working with the PRC.

By Megan T. Hall, Tulane PRC Graduate Student Assistant

Topics:   community health , diet , nutrition , physical activity , training

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