Special Community Engagement Projects

The community is at the heart of what we do at the Tulane PRC. We are fortunate to work in vibrant New Orleans, where neighborhood residents have clear visions for what they want their community to be. We engage in special community projects that enable us to tap into community member’s thoughts and creativity, and work together to make it easier for New Orleanians to live healthy lives. We could not do the work we do without the help and support of the New Orleans community and a number of active community partners working at the grassroots level to improve health.

#LiveFitNOLA Twitter Chats


The Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) and the City of New Orleans’ Fit NOLA initiative moderate monthly #LiveFitNOLA Twitter Chats that focus on health and wellness in New Orleans. Chats take place on the first Thursday of every month from 12pm to 1pm CT. Each month, the 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.

What is a “Twitter Chat”?
A Twitter chat is an organized event where people join an interactive, online conversation through tweets. This Twitter discussion uses a specific tag (#) called a hashtag and focuses on a pre-determined topic or theme. At a preselected time and date, the moderator will pose questions to the Twitter audience. All participants use the specified hashtag when replying with their answers, which allows the conversation to be easily followed on Twitter.

How do I join the #LiveFitNOLA Chat?
The #LiveFitNOLA Twitter Chat will take place on the first Thursday of every month from 12-1 p.m. CST. In order to participate, you will need a Twitter handle and account. When it is time for the Chat to begin, search for the #LiveFitNOLA hashtag on Twitter or follow the moderators Tulane PRC and Fit NOLA. If you prefer to simply observe the chat taking place, you can view the conversation in real-time here.
Questions are posed with the label (Q1, Q2, Q3…) before each question. Participants reply with the label (A1, A2, A3) to indicate which question their tweet is answering. Both question and answer tweets include the unifying hashtag (#). For example:
Q1: What is your favorite exercise? #LiveFitNOLA
A1: I like to run and play basketball #LiveFitNOLA

What will we be talking about?
The #LiveFitNOLA chat will talk about health and wellness in New Orleans. See the schedule below for more information about our upcoming themes and guest hosts.

Future Chats

Past Chats
Click on the themes below to see a storify (a summary) of the chats!

February 2, 2017: Safe Places & Transit For All
Hosted by SaludToday/Salud America!

January 5, 2017: Bike New Orleans
Hosted by Bike Easy

November 3, 2016: The Power of Sports
Hosted by Up2Us Sports

October 6, 2016: Why Cook?
Hosted by The Cookbook Project

September 1, 2016: Power of Youth
Hosted by Youth Run NOLA

August 4, 2016: More than Hunger
Hosted by Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana

July 7, 2016: The Body Remembers
Hosted by the Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies (IWES) and In That Number campaign.

June 2, 2016: Celebrate Eat Local Month
Hosted by the New Orleans Eat Local Challenge

May 5, 2016: Mother Nature Knows Best
Hosted by City Greens

April 7, 2016: Healthy Parks, Healthy People
Hosted by Jean Lafitte National Historical Preserve and Park

March 3, 2016: Healthier Food Choices in Public Places
Hosted by Voices for Healthy Kids

February 4, 2016: Heart Month: Life is Why!
Hosted by New Orleans Area American Heart Association

January 7, 2016: Quality youth sports in New Orleans: A force for good
Hosted by Laureus Foundation USA

December 3, 2015: Holiday tips for a healthy, happy, affordable celebration
Hosted by Gator and Crane

November 5, 2015: Breastfeeding NOLA: Healthier Families, a Stronger Community
Hosted by Greater New Orleans Breastfeeding Awareness Coalition

October 1, 2015: From 0 to 5k: How to Run and Walk to your Goals!
Hosted by Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series – New Orleans

September 3, 2015: Eating Healthy in America’s Most Indulgent City
Hosted by Eat Fit NOLA

August 6th: Back to School Health, Nutrition, and Wellness
Hosted by Ochsner Health System

July 2, 2015: From 0 to 5k, How to Run and Walk to your Goals!
Hosted by New Orleans Track Club

June 4, 2015: How to Eat Local & Healthy in #NOLA
Hosted by Eat Local Challenge NOLA

May 7, 2015: New Orleans: Where History & Health Meet
Hosted by The French Market

April 2, 2015: Farmers Markets: Growing Local Agriculture & Food Access
Hosted by Market Umbrella & Crescent City Farmers Market

March 5, 2015: What does healthy look like in New Orleans?
Hosted by Louisiana’s Health & Fitness Magazine

Click here to read the presentation abstract on the #LiveFitNOLA Twitter Chats scheduled for the 2015 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.

Other Related Projects


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 chaywoo@tulane.edu or 504-988-1158.

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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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Featured Publications


Physical Activity


Depressive symptoms and physical activity in adolescent girls




Formative research in school and community-based health programs and studies: "state of the art" and the TAAG approach

all scientific publications




Healthy Choice Brochure




Stepping Up to the Plate: Transforming School Food in New Orleans

all prc publications

Special Community Engagement Projects Health Journal