Legislative-Updates

Legislative Updates

Education & Engagement

Published: September 04, 2018

New Orleans Mayor appointments new city health chief In July, two months after taking office, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell named Jennifer Avegno, MD, to serve as the Director of the New Orleans Department of Health. A New Orleans native, Avegno previously served as the Director of the Division of Community Health Relations & Engagement at LSU Emergency Medicine. She also served in overlapping capacities as an academic faculty member and staff physician throughout New…

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Message from the Director

Education & Engagement Food Environment Research

Published: April 01, 2018

Spring is here and summer is right around the corner. We always think of spring as a time of new beginnings and renewal. Certainly, it can be that way with us as well. The weather is mild (not too hot yet) so it's a good time to think about being outdoors more. Spring is conducive to growth, so it's a good time to plant a garden, especially vegetables. What could be fresher than that? There…

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Public health innovations take stage at upcoming trainings

Education & Engagement

Published: February 07, 2018

SAVE THE DATES! Please join the Tulane Prevention Research Center for two seminars in the Spring 2018 Innovations in Public Health Research and Practice Series: “Food Choices and the Environment: The Carbon Footprint of Our Diets” Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 12-1:30 p.m., Room 1206, 12th Floor, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canal Street, New Orleans LA 70112 Featuring: Diego Rose, PhD, MPH, Director of the Nutrition & Food Security Program,…

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Legislative-Updates

Legislative Updates

Education & Engagement

Published: February 02, 2018

New Orleans food policy report released, feedback requested. The New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee (FPAC) recently released it's 2018 Policy Recommendations. These recommendations stem from the recent report, Policy Matters: Assessing the Policy Gap and Opportunities in the New Orleans Food System and are aimed at increasing the equity, opportunity and collaboration in the New Orleans Food System. FPAC also completed its three-year strategic plan which focuses on the three working groups – food…

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Photo exhibit focuses on neighborhood health needs

Core Research

Published: December 15, 2017

Empty streets, community gardens and abandoned buildings were some perspectives captured by 25 New Orleans residents participating in a photovoice project led by the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). The photovoice project is part of PRC's Movin' for LIFE campaign, during which local residents in the Upper and Lower Ninth Wards and New Orleans East met in small groups to discuss the needs of their community. Each meeting focused on a health topic, and participants…

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Legislative-Updates

Legislative Updates

Education & Engagement

Published: December 13, 2017

New Orleans food policy group launches new website, plans for future The New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee (FPAC) met regularly over the past year. Results from their food policy assessment will be published along with their strategic plan in the days to come. Among the assessment's key findings, FPAC has identified a need for greater access to capital, closing information gaps, considering food in all policies, and strengthening the food network. The Tulane Prevention…

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Message from the Director

Food Environment Research

Published: October 18, 2017

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and as soon as I think of Thanksgiving, I think of healthy eating. How is that possible? What's the connection? Well, I think about all of the foods associated with Thanksgiving that I love and that I'm NOT SUPPOSED TO EAT. Like, all kinds of pies that always seem to have a lot of sugar. Plus, the amount of food that we put on the table at Thanksgiving is…

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Tulane PRC receives grant to support long-standing local committee for healthy food access

Food Environment Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: June 08, 2017

Building on its history to improve the availability of fresh, healthy foods in New Orleans, the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) was recently awarded funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to support the work of the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee to increase healthy eating opportunities for children and families. "FPAC is grateful for the opportunity to continue our work to guide New Orleans toward a healthier, more sustainable food system," said Elisa…

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Tulane partners with The Food Trust in launching Center for Healthy Food Access

Food Environment Research

Published: February 21, 2017

Food helps bring people together. But accessing healthy food is a challenge, particularly for people living in underserved neighborhoods. While improvements have been made across the country to bring healthier food to more people in more places, a new coordinated national effort – which includes New Orleans and Tulane University – is seeking to build upon the work of organizations, institutions and businesses by sharing lessons learned, sparking inspiration and testing groundbreaking ideas. Diego Rose,…

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Old Ways of cooking find new learners in 9th Ward

Education & Engagement

Published: October 01, 2016

By connecting with the old African traditions of cooking with fresh foods, leafy greens, and flavorful spices and herbs, healthy habits can emerge. A series of cooking classes held in New Orleans' Upper and Lower 9th Ward neighborhoods focused on those traditions. The classes, called A Taste of African Heritage Cooking Classes, is one of several traditional cooking programs created by national nonprofit Old Ways. A Taste of African Heritage "blends nutrition and cultural history…

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PRCs 30th Anniversary: Community garden network teams up with Tulane PRC

Food Environment Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Education & Engagement

Published: June 28, 2016

The Backyard Gardeners Network is a Lower 9th Ward based nonprofit organization whose mission is to sustain and strengthen the area using food growing traditions as a platform to build community, revitalize the neighborhood and preserve cultural heritage. Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) has supported and partnered with BGN through practicum placements, food policy research and education, and program evaluation. In the field of food access and food policy, BGN and Tulane PRC have interacted…

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30th Anniversary: Tulane PRC supports school-based nutrition and garden education

Food Environment Research Education & Engagement

Published: February 26, 2016

Students supported by Edible Schoolyard New Orleans programming are eating more fruits and vegetables than the national average, according to a 2013-14 report by the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). ESYNOLA has been integrating hands-on organic gardening and seasonal cooking into FirstLine Charter school curriculum, culture, and cafeteria programs in New Orleans since 2006. Over the past few years, the Tulane PRC has partnered with ESYNOLA through program evaluation and graduate student intern placement in…

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NOLA Food Day works from ground up in Day of Service

Food Environment Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Education & Engagement

Published: October 28, 2015

On October 24, New Orleans celebrated the fifth annual Food Day, a national campaign to celebrate food and also inspire changes in diets and food policy. Across the country, thousands of events took place for the national day of advocacy around food. Locally, our efforts included an active community engagement component. NetWork Voluntours, a volunteer management organization, in conjunction with the National Fresh Food Day, Tulane Prevention Research Center, the French Market, and SPROUT NOLA…

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From nutrition to public policy: Improving healthy food access

Food Environment Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: June 29, 2015

As the farm-to-table movement grows, nutrition and health professionals can be valuable contributors to public policymaking related to local foods and health, according to findings from the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). Last year, faculty and staff at the Tulane PRC explored strategies for improving public health in Louisiana by conducting policy research and educating lawmakers. Several of the strategies were incorporated into state legislation, and two focused on leveraging local food production, especially of…

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New food store explores its potential through HIA process

Food Environment Research

Published: June 29, 2015

In a matter of weeks, New Orleans' newest public food market will open in the burgeoning Central City neighborhood. One of the unique elements of the Jack & Jake's market – in addition to its focus on providing affordable, locally farmed foods to residents – is a process it went through prior to opening called an Health Impact Assessment, or HIA. HIAs have been used across the country as a tool to plan construction projects…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: June 29, 2015

June 2015 Public health policies passed at the close of 2015 Louisiana Legislature Bills and resolutions focusing on nutrition, obesity, and prevention-based strategies garnered political support in Louisiana this spring. The 2015 Regular Legislative Session, which ran from April to June, led to the passage of several pieces of legislation aimed at improving the health of Louisiana residents. The following is a summary of some legislation focused on these goals. Bill and resolution authors are…

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Mobile market introduced in New Orleans' Ninth Ward

Food Environment Research Education & Engagement

Published: June 29, 2015

In the Akan culture of Ghana, the "Sankofa" represents the importance of respecting the wisdom of the past while planning and working for the future. Tulane public health master's graduate Elyse Mason embodied that concept when she teamed up with Sankofa Community Development Corporation (CDC) to open a fresh food mobile market in New Orleans' Ninth Ward neighborhood. Sankofa CDC is a New Orleans organization that supports the creation of a local environment that promotes…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: April 28, 2015

Strategies to improve Louisiana's food environment: The Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) is educating state lawmakers this spring about several strategies for expanding access to healthy foods and improving the food environment in Louisiana. To see the Tulane PRC's research briefs on strategies to improve Louisiana's public health, click here. Lawmakers have several pieces of legislation in front of them this spring that focus on food in schools, farming, and food retail. Among the bills…

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New Orleans Eat Local Challenge adds health-focused series of events

Education & Engagement

Published: April 20, 2015

Can you go 30 days on an all-local diet? Want to get into better shape? The Prevention Research Center (PRC) at Tulane University is joining dozens of local organizations, businesses and food growers in challenging New Orleans residents to live healthier and eat only foods grown, raised or caught within 200 miles of the city. The fifth annual Eat Local Challenge runs through June and the Tulane PRC is proud to be one of the…

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School gardens, kitchens show impact in New Orleans

Food Environment Research Education & Engagement

Published: October 06, 2014

Schools that offer gardening and cooking classes are seeing results, according to recent findings from the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). The Edible Schoolyard New Orleans (ESYNOLA), which has garden and kitchen-based programs at five FirstLine charter schools, selected the Tulane PRC to lead an evaluation of its activities during the 2013-2014 school year. Tulane PRC staff, with the help of three public health graduate students, conducted surveys with students and parents and led focus…

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