Education & Engagement

Supporting community members, public health professionals and students, and partner organizations is at the heart of what we do at the Tulane PRC. We accomplish this in three ways: 1) We engage in special community projects that enable us to work together with community members and partner organizations to make it easier for New Orleanians to live healthy lives. 2) The PRC provides free trainings focused on built environment and food environment research, communication skill building, and best practices in obesity prevention. 3) The PRC also engages in educational efforts around best practices and evidence-based policy strategies that promote healthy eating and physical activity.

The KidsWalk Coalition - Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities


Past Project

The KidsWalk Coalition, led by the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC), was a local partnership of public health, transportation and community organizations and government agencies dedicated to improving the health of New Orleanians by creating opportunities for physical activity. Its mission was to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in New Orleans by making walking and bicycling safe for children and families to access schools, healthy eating choices and other neighborhood destinations. KidsWalk Coalition members continue to meet as members of the Active Community Design Sector Committee, under the New Orleans Fit NOLA initiative. Click here to reach more about the committee.

Through a unique partnership with the City of New Orleans, the KidsWalk Coalition previously worked directly with the City of New Orleans Department of Public Works to make New Orleans’ streets safer and more usable for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The Coalition is one of 50 partnerships in the country funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities program. This initiative funds and provides direct support to community partnerships across the country working to reshape their environments in ways that improve the health of children and prevent childhood obesity. It is the largest and most ambitious community-action programs ever supported by the foundation and is a cornerstone of its $500 million commitment to reverse the country’s childhood obesity epidemic by 2015.

To learn more about the KidsWalk Coalition, download the printable one-page flyer

Other Related Projects


Sponsored Webinars

Each year the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) partners with the Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (formerly called Tulane Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Program) to offer a free web-based training on a topic relative to both centers’ missions, targeting national audiences of public health professionals, community members, researchers, and policy makers. In 2016, the American Public Health Association began to assist in the co-sponsoring of these webinars by providing…

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Community Advisory Board (CAB)

The Community Advisory Board of the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) is comprised of over 15 members who represent nonprofit organizations, neighborhood groups, faith-based organizations, regional universities, and state and local government. The group meets quarterly to support the Tulane PRC’s progress on projects (both the core project and other research projects), communications and training activities, and policy work. Besides providing advice to the Tulane PRC on its activities, the CAB is a mechanism by…

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Journal of Community Health Promotion and Research

The Journal of Community Health Promotion and Research is managed by the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) and gives New Orleans area partners an outlet to share lessons learned from local research, programs and campaigns with the rest of the region, country and world. This journal is a free outlet for organizations to publish their health-related work, launched in January 2015. It will provide readers with insights and findings on the work being done by…

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Neighborhood Ambassador Program

In early 2011, the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) launched its Neighborhood Ambassador Program to connect neighborhood groups to health-related resources and programs, depending on each community’s needs and goals. Support from the Tulane PRC includes providing skills to empower neighborhoods to initiate and maintain future health-related activities, including walking groups, health fairs, cooking demonstrations and community gardens. For information, contact the Tulane PRC Community Engagement Program Manager Catherine Haywood at or 504-988-1158. <iframe…

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#LiveFitNOLA Twitter Chats

The Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) and the City of New Orleans’ Fit NOLA initiative moderate regular #LiveFitNOLA Twitter Chats that focus on health and wellness in New Orleans and beyond. Chats take place on the first Thursday selected months from 12pm to 1pm CT. Each chat will carry a different health and wellness theme, paired with a local host that can add their lens of insight to the selected topic. Project Coordinator: Naomi King…

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National Community Committee

The National Community Committee (NCC) is one of several committees that help guide the national PRC Program. There are 26 PRCs across the country, housed at schools of public health or schools of medicine. The committee represents the people in communities that work with PRCs to do community-based participatory research (CBPR) in chronic disease prevention and control. Each PRC has a representative on the NCC. Tulane’s representative, Catherine Haywood, is one of the Regional Directors…

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Shop Talk

Past Project Shop Talk was a pilot health promotion campaign that focuses on engagement of non-traditional community partners to communicate health information to their peers. The Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) has been working in New Orleans for nearly a decade conducting community-based participatory research and asset-mapping exercises. In the African-American community, barber shops have long been considered comfortable settings for conversations about personal matters. Shop Talk aimed to increase awareness and modify attitudes about…

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Be Heard Campaign

Past Project Be Heard: Utilizing mass communications and new media to develop and disseminate youth-generated health promotion messages Youth in New Orleans are more likely to be overweight or obese compared to those nationwide, in part because many high school students do not meet recommendations for physical activity. Be Heard was a pilot health promotion project that sought to address this problem by encouraging the development of user-generated content to reach African-American youth in New…

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Iberville Boys and Girls Club

Past Project Iberville Boys and Girls Club provides a safe place for youth to develop trusting relationships, and get involved in life-enhancing programs and character development that foster a sense of hope in the future. The Tulane Prevention Research Center PRC) has given technical support in finding sustainable funding for the center, assist in grant writing, and prepare fact sheets about the Center for distribution to other communities in New Orleans. Iberville One-Pager Final_Iberville_one-pager-1289948084.doc Program…

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Innovations in Public Health Research and Practice Seminar Series

Each spring and fall semester, the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) offers seminars on topics relating to our mission and invites well-known guest speakers to lead the seminars. See our events page for more info on upcoming seminars. Program Coordinator: Naomi King Englar View Liz Ogbu’s Fall 2016 seminar “Design for Social Impact: Opportunities for public health” <iframe width=“640” height=“360” src=“” frameborder=“0” allowfullscreen></iframe> View Tom Baranowski’s Spring 2011 seminar “Video games for diet and physical…

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PRC/CEMCH Communication Seminar Series

Together with the Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (CEMCH), the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) provides a series of communications workshops for public health students, faculty and staff, health professionals, and community partners. The series presents material on communications topics, such as newsletters, websites, policy briefs, fact sheets, and new media, as well as academic-based communication and dissemination methods, such as scientific papers and poster presentations. Through the series, we expose…

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Health Promotion Practicum Program

Two times each year, the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) offers practicum opportunities for exceptional public health students at Tulane University through the Tulane PRC Health Promotion Practicum Program. Past internships have been hosted by the New Orleans Health Department, East Jefferson Parish YMCA, Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, Office of Recovery and Development Administration, Steps to a Healthier LA/New Orleans, the Renaissance Project, YMCA of Greater New Orleans, Women…

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Student Research Assistants

The Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) hires students nearly every semester to coordinate and implement field research projects and other programs and activities. Recent research opportunities have included the core research project’s Makin’ Groceries study, the School Salad Bar Evaluation project and the KidsWalk Coalition’s school walkability report. For current opportunities, visit our Career Opportunities page. Be sure to check it frequently for new postings.

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Louisiana Obesity Prevention and Management Commission

Obesity is one of the most critical health concerns in Louisiana. Knowing this, state lawmakers created the Louisiana Obesity Prevention and Management Commission in 2014 for the purpose of coordinating activities dedicated toward the prevention and reduction of obesity across Louisiana. Act 580 (authored by Sen. David Heitmeier) of the 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session created the Louisiana Obesity Commission, a statewide task force to coordinate obesity programs and policies and develop statewide plans for obesity…

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New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee

The New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee is a broad-based committee of area leaders working to improve access to fresh healthy food. The FPAC was authorized by a May 2007 resolution of the New Orleans City Council. For years after, FPAC met meets, independent of city government, to address various community needs involving food security and food access. In August 2018, the New Orleans City Council vote unanimously to re-instate FPAC as an advisory group…

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Strategies to Improve Louisiana's Health

Past Project Louisiana is among the unhealthiest states in the nation, ranking 48th in the United Health Foundation’s annual America’s Health Rankings. Two of the most important indicators for this rank are our obesity rate and smoking rate. The Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) has researched strategies Louisiana can implement to address these health issues – including complete streets designs for safe walking, biking and public transit; joint-use agreements for playgrounds and parks; and statewide…

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Featured Publications


Nutrition and Food Availability


Household food insecurity and overweight status in young school children: results from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study


Built Environment


Urban residents' priorities for neighborhood features. A survey of New Orleans residents after Hurricane Katrina

all scientific publications




Feel Good Guide




Rebuilding a Healthier New Orleans

all prc publications

Education & Engagement Health Journal