Ashley Wennerstrom, Faculty Co-Investigator

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Ashley Wennerstrom, MPH, PhD, is a faculty co-investigator for the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). Dr. Wennerstrom’s work focuses on the PRC’s core project (2014-2019 grant cycle) and its components related to Community Health Workers. She is also the principal investigator for the PRC’s Special Interest Project titled NOLA LEADS – Leadership Education and Action on health Disparities. Dr. Wennerstrom and fellow Tulane PRC staff member Catherine Haywood are dual Principal Investigators (PIs) on a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Community Based Participatory Research study focused on intimate partner violence and birth outcomes. Dr. Wennerstrom is also a collaborator working with the University of Arizona’s Prevention Research Center. She is also leading a project, funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), that aims to address barriers that former prisoners face in accessing health care and support services for chronic conditions and behavioral disorders. Dr. Wennerstrom is the director of the Louisiana Community Health Worker Training Institute. She is a co-founder and past chair of the Louisiana Community Health Outreach Network, a local professional group for community health workers. Dr. Wennerstrom is also the Community Health Clerkship Director for Tulane School of Medicine, an elective course which educates students about the social determinants of health, the non-medical aspects of patients’ lives such as education, housing, employment, language, environment, nutrition, and safety. From 2008-2010, Dr. Wennerstrom served as associate director of the REACH NOLA Mental Health Infrastructure and Training Project, a community-academic partnered mental health quality improvement initiative. She is a section councilor and treasurer for the Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). She also serves a co-chair of the policy committee for the Community Health Workers Section of APHA. Dr. Wennerstrom received a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Spanish from the University of Colorado. She served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity prior to earning an MPH from the University of Arizona. She received a PhD from the department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

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