Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

The Tulane PRC has the opportunity to apply for funding for Special Interest Projects through the CDC. We currently have one SIP focused on citizen leadership training. In the past, we have had several SIPs focused on salad bars in schools, food policy research, physical activity policy research, and helping women quit tobacco.

NOLA LEADs (Leadership Education and Action on health Disparities)


Starting in Spring 2016, NOLA LEADs (Leadership Education & Action on health Disparities) recruited individuals from across New Orleans to participate in a new leadership training institute. This opportunity was free and open to New Orleans residents who are concerned about improving the lives of their neighbors and the conditions of their communities. It was specifically for people who have not worked in public health previously.

The institute included a series of six trainings held over three months. The trainings focused on helping people develop the skills and knowledge needed to advocate for changes in structural conditions – such as zoning laws, school policies, and transportation systems – that contribute to health disparities. Participants created advocacy plans to put the lessons into action.

For more information, contact Ashley at awenners@tulane.edu.

Click here for the presentation about NOLA LEADs at the 2017 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.
Click here for the presentation about NOLA LEADs at the Making Lifelong Connections 2017 meeting.

NOLA LEADs Investigators: Ashley Wennerstrom, PhD, MPH, and Jeanette Gustat, PhD, MPH
Project Graduate Student Research Assistants: Julia Silver and Miranda Pollock.

Other Related Projects


Physical Activity Policy Research Network (PAPRN)

Past Project: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created the Physical Activity Policy Research Network (PAPRN) in October of 2004 to study the effectiveness of health policies related to increasing physical activity in communities. The PAPRN was established as a thematic research network of the Prevention Research Centers (PRCs) program, with funding from the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity at CDC. The formally established network consists of four PRC member centers, one…

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Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN)

Past Project: Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN) is a thematic research network of the CDC Prevention Research Center Program. Its mission is to conduct trans-disciplinary nutrition- and obesity-related policy research and evaluation along a policy change continuum (see below). The work of NOPREN members will help foster understanding of the effectiveness of policies related to preventing childhood obesity through improved access to affordable, healthy foods and beverages in a variety of…

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Featured Publications




Targeting obesity to reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes and other co-morbidities in African American youth: a review of the literature and recommendations for prevention


Physical Activity


Data to action: using formative research to develop intervention programs to increase physical activity in adolescent girls.

all scientific publications




Recipe Cards




Rebuilding a Healthier New Orleans

all prc publications

Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Health Journal