Message-from-the-Director

Message from the Director

As I am sure most of our readers know by now, the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) will not be funded for another five years. This is very sad news for all of us here at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, but I am sure it is just as saddening for those of you who have worked with us and partnered with us for the past 20 years. Yes, the PRC has been working in and for the City for 20 years. During that time we have had the best interests of the residents of New Orleans at heart and sincerely worked with them to progress toward better health status for all, and have enhanced, I hope, the reputation of Tulane and the PRC within the community. This is work that we will miss and will be missed.

This does not mean, however, that our work is ending. A core group of people from the PRC other than myself will continue to request funding for community-based programs focused on obesity, physical activity, diet, social determinants, and physical improvements. I would like you to be assured that we will continue to bring good programming and research into the community for the benefit of all.

A word about what is in the works. At present the plan is for the work of the PRC to be continued through the FitNOLA initiative of the New Orleans Health Department. FitNOLA will continue the healthy lifestyle focus for improving diet and increasing physical activity through increasing access to health foods and improving opportunities for physical activity. Also included in the sustainability plan is that the Mary Amelia Women’s Center (MAC) will continue to work with the PRC’s Community Advisory Board and Coalition members to maintain their relationship with Tulane and provide them with the opportunity to continue to advocate for health projects and activities within their neighborhoods. MAC will continue to solicit their input and help for community projects, although the focus may be somewhat different, such as neighborhood blight and street violence. FitNOLA also will continue to work with our community partners and CAB and coalition members to keep their neighborhoods on track for health-promotion initiatives.

So, although the PRC will no longer exist as a Center after September 29, 2019, the work of the Center will continue in New Orleans through the New Orleans Health Department and the Mary Amelia Women’s Center at Tulane.

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