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.

Residents interested in the training institute should fill out an application. The institute will hold sessions on the following proposed dates Saturdays: Nov. 5, 12, 19, and Dec. 3, 9, 10. Click here for the NOLA LEADs Participant Application. Completed applications should be emailed to Ashley at awenners@tulane.edu.

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


School Salad Bar Evaluation

Past Project: In New Orleans, the United Fresh Foundation provided salad bars to 43 schools through the “Let’s Move! Salad Bars to Schools” program. The Tulane Prevention Research Center has designed an evaluation study, through multiple school levels, to examine the functioning, maintenance, and effectiveness of the salad bars in New Orleans school lunch programs. Specific aims are to: 1) evaluate the impact of salad bars on fresh fruit and vegetable daily intake by students;…

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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


Physical Activity


Depressive symptoms and physical activity in adolescent girls


Nutrition and Food Availability


The Rationale behind Small Food Store Interventions in Low-Income Urban Neighborhoods: Insights from New Orleans

all scientific publications


Community Briefs


Schoolyard Project




Healthy Choice Brochure

all prc publications

Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Health Journal