Community-Partner-Updates

Community Partner Updates

See what our Community Advisory Board (CAB) members and partners have been up to recently! Click on the photo for a gallery of pictures, and read below for related updates. To find out more about our partners, click here to visit our Community Partners page.

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Tulane School of Medicine's Brinton Family Health and Healing Center has been staying busy with their regular wellness programming, including Krewe de Lose, Soul Steppers, and Computer Literacy weekly classes, along with Latinx community health navigation services, and various outreach events over the past few months. They have had two Krewe de Lose Peer Leaders selected to be FitNOLA Healthy Heroes this year (Mr. Derek Wilson in January, Ms. Joleen Walther in May) [pics 1,2]; they had 20 Krewe de Lose members complete the Crescent City Classic at the end of March [pic3]; they cohosted a Bike Safety Workshop with AARP, Bike Easy, Blue Bikes, and Friends of Lafitte Greenway in April [pic4]; they led the Cupid Shuffle line dance to get people moving at the Healthy Hearts for Stroke-Free Lives event in May; and they had two Krewe de Lose members share their stories at the Know Our Neighborhood! Community Storytelling Event in June [pics 5,6].

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Caffin Avenue Seventh-day Adventist Church has been very active!
[Pic 7]African heritage New Ways Cooking Class. Partnering with Baptist Community Clinic and the PRC, Caffin Avenue SDA just completed the first Cookin' for LIFE series, part of the Lower 9 Path to Wellness Program.
This month marks the completion of basic computer classes for senior citizens at Villa St. Maurice. Partnered with Mary Abler, Head Librarian of Martin L King Library.
[Pic 8,9] They held a Bike Pit Stop, a one-day safety info and bike maintenance session. Partnering with Bike Easy & Rubarb Community Bike Shop. Bike Easy, a partner with Tulane PRC writes more here .
[Pic 10,11,12,13] Kickoff to 'Really Wheelin'!', the only free bike lending program in the Lower 9th Ward promoting a healthy lifestyle through physical activity by hosting community bike rides. This program provides access to a bike to anyone who wants to join the rides. They did a 4-mile route through the scenic Lower 9th Ward community. Rubarb Community Bicycle Shop donated 15 safety helmets and Tulane University Police Department donated 49 unclaimed student bikes to this program. Bike Easy included a story in their June newsletter on Really Wheelin’s recent first ride. The program is looking for donation bikes for disabled individuals to ride. Contact Royliene Johnson, to coordinate donation. "We want them to join in our free community rides and view their participation not as a physical therapy session but as being a healthy, fun activity."
[Pic 14] In partnership with the Fallen Fruit Project, community members planted 4 fruit trees on church property in the Lower 9th Ward.

Fit NOLA Photo 15, 1, 2
Fit NOLA, New Orleans city government's healthy living initiative, has had a busy spring. With the change in the weather, they continue to advocate for physical activity and healthy eating while doing so outdoors. Fit NOLA has participated in various health fairs such as the 2018 Brenda Owens Memorial Wellness Walk/Run 5K May 19th [Pic 15]; the 1st Ladies Luncheon in May; tabled during Fit Week for the NBA at Pelicans games in February; and advocated for healthy eating at school events throughout New Orleans. Fit NOLA also honored Healthy Heroes from various health segments of New Orleans [Pic 1,2] and is actively working with the new mayor’s administration to push health awareness for all City of New Orleans residents, including a ‘De-Stress Day’ which took place June 29, 2018.

Food Policy Advisory Committee (FPAC) Photo 16-18
The Courageous Conversations series of the 2018 Eat Local Challenge highlighted local work to address and improve upon food access—with a trajectory toward local and healthy food—in New Orleans. Courageous Conversations bring to light the often-hidden challenges and opportunities in the New Orleans food system and encourage local food-eaters to advocate for local food not only at their own tables, but for their neighborhoods and the unique, food-loving and food-producing region. FPAC hopes people leave these conversations feeling empowered.
Conversations focus on food access from several angles. Two talks focused on the framework that gets food to our tables; the first (June 12th) specifically brought light to food pantries and efforts to shift to local, fresh foods for health and community betterment; the second (June 28th) explained how local food can, and increasingly does, make it into New Orleans schools, offices, and our own tables via markets and grocers through collaboration and innovation. A mid-morning conversation (June 14th) with author, activist, and humanitarian Happy Johnson explored the intersection of water management and its effects on agriculture, food, equity, and community. Several urban farmers gathered (June 29th) to shed light on local urban farming challenges and opportunities from their experience growing food in the city.

[Pic 16, 17, 18] The 8th Annual New Orleans Eat Local Challenge 2018 wrapped up this week. The NOLA Food Coop and Simone's Market, are carrying a greater inventory of local foods and Laughing Buddha Nursery, is a recently opened farm delivery hub service. Crescent City Farmers Market is operating markets 5 days a week making this less of a challenge and more of a creative, culinary adventure. FPAC compiled a resource guide of affordability and assistance programs; times/locations of the Farmers Markets in the area; CSA and Farm Box Programs; and local food retailers. FPAC can't wait to see how the challenge grows in 2019!

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