Message-from-the-Director

Message from the Director

There has been a lot going on with Tulane PRC presentations this spring semester. It has been really busy, and I thought you might be interested in hearing about some of the various audiences we have been reaching with our PRC work. (Click on the photo above to see a slideshow of pictures from some of the presentations.)
The only international presentation occurred in Vienna, Austria, at the Conference on Nutrition & Growth which was held March 17-19, 2016. The poster presentation was titled “Do School Food Service Personnel Support School-Based Salad Bars?” and it was based on the pilot study that we did to evaluate the use of salad bar structures in New Orleans schools. Generally, the food service personnel in schools using the salad bars were very supportive of the salad bars, even with the extra responsibilities that went along with them.
A very interesting presentation was made to the Association of Academic Health Centers in Washington, D.C. on December 3, 2015, at the request of Dr. Laura Levy, the Associate Dean for Research at Tulane. The title of this presentation was “A Blueprint for Moving Forward: The Tulane Prevention Research Center,” and covered many of the major accomplishments of the PRC since 2004. The presentation was very different from the medical/clinical type presentations that characterized this meeting, and was very well received by physicians, epidemiologists and bench researchers.
In February (21-24), 2016, I traveled to Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, for the American Academy of Health Behavior meeting to present a poster titled “Administrative and Food Service Perspectives of Salad Bar Operations in Public Schools.” This presentation once again focused on the salad bar pilot study; however, administrative input was also included, and provided insight into the barriers that administrators and food service personnel face implementing salad bars at lunch time.
As you may know by now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is spearheading the 30th Anniversary celebration, commemorating the beginning of the PRC program. Tulane PRC Assistant Director Keelia O’Malley, Communications Coordinator Naomi Englar and I attended the 30th anniversary kick-off meeting at CDC on February 29th. We met our CDC project officer, as well as many of the administrative personnel involved in the PRC programs. It was just the one day but it was a worthwhile effort and we learned a lot about the hierarchy of administration at CDC.
Another 30th anniversary celebration involved a panel presentation at the American Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) in Crystal City, VA, on March 21st. Our PRC was one of only four PRCs invited to participate in that panel and Keelia O’Malley and I attended. Our presentation, “Tulane Prevention Research Center: Community Involvement, Engagement and Activities,” recapped many of our community-based projects over the years. I thought this was impressive, even if I have to say so myself.
So, our PRC has had a great deal of exposure over the last several months, resulting, we hope, in recognition of the efforts of faculty, staff and community partners in combating obesity in the Greater New Orleans area.

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

(Photos above by Tulane PRC Staff. Photos 1-2: Dr. Johnson presented during a special session at the ASPPH annual meeting. Her presentation was accompanied by fellow panelists Lisa Powell, PhD, of University of Illinois at Chicago PRC; Peggy Hannon, PhD, MPH, from the University of Washington PRC; Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH, from the University of Pennsylvania PRC; Mehran Massoudi, PhD, MPH, CAPT, USPHS, Director of the Prevention Research Centers Program, Division of Population Health (DPH), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP); and Wayne Giles, MD, MS, Director of DPH, NCCDPHP, CDC. Photos 3-7: Dr. Johnson, Keelia O’Malley, and Naomi Englar attended the PRC 30th Anniversary kick-off at CDC in Atlanta. The event featured a presentation by Sally M. Davis, PhD, from the University of New Mexico PRC, as well as a panel of experts, including Mehran Massoudi, PhD, MPH, CAPT, USPHS, Director of the PRC Program; Robin Ikeda, MD, MPH, RADM, USPHS, Deputy Director, Office of Non-communicable Diseases, Injury and Environmental Health (ONDIEH), CDC; Harold Jaffe, MD, MA, Associate Director for Science, CDC; John Auerbach, MBA, Associate Director for Policy, CDC, and (Acting) Director of the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS); Kurt Greenlund, PhD, Associate Director for Science, DPH, NCCDPHP; and Ursula Bauer, PhD, MPH, Director, NCCDPHP.)

Topics:   health communication , prcs 30th anniversary , built environment , food environment , school food

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