Legislative-Updates

Legislative Updates

Tulane PRC goes to DC
Jeanette Gustat, Tulane PRC faculty and Royliene Johnson, Community Service Director at Caffin Avenue Seventh-day Adventist Church and Tulane PRC partner, took a trip to D.C. and met up with representatives from Dartmouth University and University of North Carolina's Prevention Research Centers to educate policymakers and national stakeholder groups on the value of the PRC network."We [PRCs] serve as the link between research and communities, clinics and communities. It is vital to be connected and smart to invest in prevention," said Gustat. Johnson adds, "I felt extremely honored to have been invited by the Tulane PRC to travel to our nation's capital to speak on the specific projects and programs our partnership has been able to accomplish in the Lower 9th Ward Community. It was such a great opportunity to educate and share how we readily got on board with the Movin' for LIFE (Lasting Improvements for Fitness and Energy) Program because it mirrors the health message of our church which encourages eating a plant-based diet and increasing physical activity as a healthier lifestyle. Most importantly, I was able to share how the activities we achieved resulted from resources and support we received from the Movin' for LIFE (Lasting Improvements for Fitness and Energy) and connections made with other Lower 9th Ward Community and Coalition partners."

Healthy vending policy earns New Orleans City Hall the title of "WellSpot"
Well-Ahead Louisiana is an initiative started by the Louisiana Department of Health aimed at improving the health and wellness of Louisiana residents. WellSpots are workplaces in Louisiana that voluntarily implement healthy changes and wellness benchmarks in their environment to help their employees and community live well. There are currently over 2,500 WellSpots statewide, 157 in Orleans Parish. Well-Ahead is designating City Hall a WellSpot based on their healthy vending policy. Click here to find out more about WellSpots or how to apply for WellSpot designation.

Fit NOLA getting involved in safe modes of transit
Fit NOLA, New Orleans city government's healthy living initiative, will be participating in the Open Streets series of events including Ciclovia this fall. Open Streets is an event that highlights utilizing all modes of transit. Through community open events in streets, Open Streets utilizes the neighborhood and local businesses that operate around the community to promote health and wellness.

Complete Streets policy implementation ongoing
The City of New Orleans has been collaborating with Bike Easy and the American Heart Association to fulfill the local Complete Streets Ordinance. In 2011, the New Orleans City Council passed the New Orleans Complete Streets Ordinance , which calls for establishing an advisory committee to oversee implementation and progress of the Complete Streets Program which is nearing it's seventh year.

New Orleans food policy group sharing updates and resources
The New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee (FPAC) launched a bi-monthly newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter, click here.
The Tulane PRC is a long-time supporter of FPAC's work and sits on the Steering Committee.
To learn more about FPAC, visit nolafoodpolicy.org and to get involved, contact co-chair Elisa Munoz at elisa@nolafoodpolicy.org.

Funding for public health secured in Louisiana's revenue budget
Many conversations around state spending on health and healthcare floated through the halls of the Louisiana State Capitol throughout the state budget debate this summer. After multiple special sessions to hammer out the details of the budget, lawmakers passed the state's spending plan on June 24. The approved budget increases the state’s contribution to the Louisiana Department of Health $140 million from last year. When federal funding is factored in, the agency’s budget will grow $445 million in the next fiscal year.

Topics:   community health , obesity , nutrition , physical activity , policy

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