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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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Legislative-Updates

Legislative Updates

Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: February 17, 2017

New members join Louisiana Obesity Commission At its January 2017 meeting, the Louisiana Obesity Prevention and Management Commission voted in two new members: Partnership for a Healthier Southwest Louisiana Southwest Louisiana and the Louisiana State University AgCenter. They will hold two seats designated for community-based groups. The January meeting also resulted in the co-chair nomination of Denise Holston of the LSU AgCenter to join current co-chair Melissa Martin of the Louisiana Department of Health's Bureau…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: December 15, 2016

New Orleans plans for bike share in October 2017 The City of New Orleans first large-scale bike share program will hit the streets in less than a year. Under a five-year deal with New York-based Social Bicycles, the company will provide 700 bike-share bicycles and 70 stations by October 2017. Another 200 bicycles will be added to the program by 2019. Bike share is a system of short-term rental bikes, usually connected to public stations.…

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Legislative Briefs: Government Actions on Obesity

Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: September 23, 2016

New Orleans chooses company to implement bike share program Social Bicycles, or SoBi, beat out 6 competitors for a multi-year contract to provide its bike services in New Orleans. A City Hall selection committee chose the Brooklyn, NY, based company over competitors for its innovative use of technology and ability to make the program accessible to low-income residents without funding from the city itself. Contract talks are in progress and SoBi hopes to have 700…

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Staff-Spotlight

Staff Spotlight

Education & Engagement

Published: September 22, 2016

Gala True, PhD, is an affiliated faculty investigator with the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). She is Research Associate Professor of Medicine and an Investigator with the South Central Mental Illness Research and Education Center (MIRECC) and the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS). Dr. True is a social scientist with over 15 years of experience conducting health services research with vulnerable populations. Her work focuses on improving access to care and the health…

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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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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: June 28, 2016

June 2016 National law aims to increase physical education and recreation in schools: The Louisiana Department of Education (DOE) will be hosting a series of public meetings this summer across the state on the national Every Student Succeeds Act. This federal law adds physical education back into the list of core subjects for schools after it was taken out by No Child Left Behind. The state is preparing a long-term plan to implement the law’s…

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Citizen health advocates to be trained in new leadership institute, hosted by Tulane PRC

Core Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Education & Engagement

Published: April 28, 2016

Anyone can be a health leader and improve their communities, if given the right tools and skills. That's the goal of a new two-year citizen-training project led by Tulane health researchers and community engagement staff. Starting this spring, NOLA LEADS – which stands for Leadership Education & Action on health Disparities – will recruit 50 individuals from across New Orleans to participate in an institute, which includes a series of six trainings held over three…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Education & Engagement

Published: April 28, 2016

April 2016 Bike share coming to New Orleans. A new system of renting bikes from fixed, public stations across New Orleans is in the works, with city officials officially starting the process to find a company to set up the system, commonly called bike share. Bike share systems have been identified as an affordable and effective tool for increasing urban mobility and improving economic, environmental and health issues when integrated with an existing transportation network.…

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Win for healthy food choices on City of New Orleans properties

Core Research Food Environment Research

Published: March 01, 2016

New Orleans city government employees and visitors will soon have more healthy food options when on city properties. On Monday, Feb. 22, the City of New Orleans announced healthy updates to its vending and food service policy. The updated policy will not only make it easier for city employees and residents to make healthier food choices, but also challenges local businesses, surrounding communities, and the state of Louisiana to enact similar policies. The new policy…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

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

Published: March 01, 2016

February 2016 Louisiana Obesity Commission releases final report. The Louisiana Obesity Prevention and Management Commission – formed through Act 580 during the 2014 Louisiana legislative session – officially sunsets this month. Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) has been an active delegate of the commission. For the past 18 months, the commission has met regularly to develop strategies to increase accountability, collaboration and delivery of health services. Its accomplishments include a statewide scan of obesity-related programs,…

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Prevention Research Centers make impact on policies, systems, and environments

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

Published: December 21, 2015

When working toward environmental changes, several Prevention Research Centers across the country have been successful thanks to specific steps they each followed. Researchers from seven PRCs across the country, including the Tulane Prevention Research Center, collaborated to evaluate their centers' work and published their findings in the October issue of Preventing Chronic Disease. The PRCs used a framework created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to examine policy, systems, and environmental interventions to…

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Legislative Briefs: government actions on obesity

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

Published: December 21, 2015

December 2015 Pedestrian and Bike Safety Committee meets to improve pedestrian and bike safety in New Orleans A New Orleans government committee focused on safety for people walking and biking met in October and December – the third and fourth meetings of the group – to develop recommendations on making the city safer for all transportation users, including bikers, pedestrians and people with disabilities. The committee has been receiving public input and reviewing existing laws,…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Education & Engagement

Published: October 28, 2015

October 2015 Local Food Policy Advisory Committee collects input on group's direction The availability of healthy food, nutrition education, and other issues related to food systems all took center stage at the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee's 2015 Input Session on Sept. 29. Based on group discussion and input, the session attendees came up with 10 broad strategy areas to improve equitable food access in New Orleans. FPAC co-chair Adrienne Mundorf, the Policy and…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Education & Engagement

Published: August 24, 2015

August 2015 Louisiana moves forward with farm to school plans Fifty participants gathered at Langston Hughes Academy in New Orleans mid-July for a Southeast regional Farm to School meeting led by Louisiana State University’s AgCenter, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Louisiana Farm to School Alliance. The meeting brought together school staff, nutrition and gardening advocates, policymakers, and community members to plan how to better connect locally grown food to students. Participants developed action plans for…

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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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Community Health Worker research shows need for professional advocacy

Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: June 29, 2015

More than 1,700 Community Health Workers in 47 states participated in a recent survey that found their profession needs concerted advocacy efforts in order for it to thrive, according to a study recently published online in the Journal of Ambulatory Care Management. The study is the largest survey of Community Health Workers (CHWs) to date and was led by the Arizona Prevention Research Center with contributions from the Tulane Prevention Research Center's Ashley Wennerstrom, collaborating…

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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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PRC-Staff-Spotlight

PRC Staff Spotlight

Education & Engagement

Published: June 29, 2015

Ashley Wennerstrom, PhD, MPH, is a collaborating faculty member with the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). Wennerstrom's work focuses on the PRC's core project (2014-2019 grant cycle) and its components related to training Community Health Workers to support neighborhoods and residents. Wennerstrom has experience and passion for supporting Community Health Workers. She is the director of the Louisiana Community Health Worker Training Institute and is co-founder and past chair of the Louisiana Community Health Outreach…

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Support is key to being active for many in New Orleans

Physical Activity Research Education & Engagement

Published: May 05, 2015

In New Orleans, having people in your life who directly encourage you to exercise and be active may be the most important thing you need to stay fit, according to a new study from the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). The study, published online in the Journal of Community Health this March, aims to identify what helps black residents be active because this segment of the population tends to be the least physically active, compared…

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