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.

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 assistance with webinar logistics. Previous webinars were offered through a web-based broadcast platform operated by the Alabama Public Health Training Network (ALPHTN), a division of the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Upcoming Webinars
Check back soon for upcoming webinars.


Past Webinars
(May 2018)
The Carbon Footprint of US Diets: New Research Linking Environmental Impacts to Food Choices and Diet Quality
Please join us as Diego Rose, PhD and Martin Heller, PhD present their research on the relationship between individual dietary choices and greenhouse gas emissions from food in the U.S. context. Agriculture is a major contributor to climate change, representing 30-40% of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE) globally, and about 10% in the US. Individual dietary choices contribute to this problem by influencing what gets produced. Their research addresses the environmental impacts of individual food choices in the US and their implications for diet quality. The results suggest that food patterns with lower carbon footprints have a better overall diet quality and are more nutritious on several key dimensions, although not on all of them. Their analyses highlight the importance of utilizing individual dietary behaviors rather than just population means when considering diet shift scenarios and set the stage for further policy and scenario simulations aimed at aligning environmental and nutritional outcomes.
To watch the webinar recording, click here.

Great Expectations: The importance of optimal maternal metabolic health during gestation (November 2017)
Drs. Donna Ryan, MD, and Leanne Redman, PhD, discuss the maternal metabolic environment as a contributor for risk in offspring for obesity and diabetes in childhood and even in adulthood. The challenge of effective weight management during this critical developmental period is one that must be met because it offers the potential to affect the metabolic health of future generations. Webinar attendees will learn to: 1. Discuss the prevalence of obesity and of excessive weight gain during pregnancy and their impact on maternal (gestational diabetes, caesarean rates, maternal complications) and child health (infant size at birth, obesity and diabetes in childhood and adulthood); 2. Describe the current recommendations for optimal weight gain during pregnancy; 3. Discuss the evidence for safety and efficacy of weight-directed interventions to prevent excess weight gain during pregnancy.
To watch the webinar recording, click here.

Place, Race, Poverty and our Youngest Children: Critical Roles for Public Health and Primary Care in Achieving Health Equity (May 2017)
Dr. Charles Bruner, PhD, presents his research and research syntheses on early childhood policies, related to P.A.R.E.N.T.S. science (Protective factors, Adverse childhood experiences, Resiliency, Epigenetics, Neurobiology, Toxic stress, and Social determinants of health). Webinar attendees will learn to: 1) describe the particular importance of promoting healthy development in the first 1,000 days to improving healthy physical, social, emotional, and educational development over the life course; 2) explain the value of extending the role of primary care child health practice to respond to social as well as bio-medical determinants of health; 3) recognize opportunities for public health and community-building as well as clinical practice approaches to improving child health in poor neighborhoods; 4) use information and research to advocate for early childhood strategies and policies to achieve reduce disparities by race, place, and socio-economic status; and 5) recognize the potentials for innovation, diffusion, and improvement within the current policy landscape.
For more information about Dr. Bruner and to watch the webinar, click here.

Innovative Approaches to Prevention and Management of Pediatric Obesity: Physiopathological Basis and Successful Interventions (November 2016)
Dr. Melinda Sothern, PhD, CEP presents her findings from years of experience studying pediatric obesity as well as evidence of successful and manageable prevention initiatives that can be used to guide both future research and current practice. Webinar attendees will learn to understand the development of childhood obesity from a pathological perspective, be able to identify targets for intervention, and receive practical guidelines for prevention and management of childhood obesity from the family home.
Dr. Sothern’s Childhood Obesity Slides
For more information about Dr. Sothern and the webinar, click here.
To watch the recording, click here.

Health Equity Research and Practice: Using a Community-Centered View of Influences on Eating, Activity and Body Weight (May 2016)
Dr. Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH identifies and describes the various community-level factors that not only influence eating, activity and body weight, but also what resources are available to address these influences. Develop skills to translate community-centered influences into sustainable obesity prevention and treatment strategies. Discover examples that integrate community priorities and values into efforts to promote healthy weight.
For more information about the webinar, click here.
To watch the recording click here.

Feet, Forks, and the Fate of Our Families (April 2015)
Dr. David Katz, MD, MPH, Director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine, professes that the writing is on the wall as child obesity is seen as a warning for heart disease. A new study finds striking evidence that children who are obese or have high cholesterol show early warning signs of heart disease. This emerging research equates to not just lives, but also an increasing expense and burden on our health care system. It is projected that by 2018 over 100 million Americans will be obese and we will be spending roughly $340 billion annually on obesity, a tripling of current levels. And per capita spending will rise from $361 to over $1,400 a year! In this webcast, Dr. Katz discusses how our American eating habits have changed and what must be done to reclaim our health. The role of the health care provider and educators will be discussed as well as Best Practice programs which can help to reverse the trend and lead to a healthy lifestyle.
For more information, the web-cast recording, and materials, click here.

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 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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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…

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Featured Publications


Nutrition and Food Availability


Neighbourhood fruit and vegetable availability and consumption: the role of small food stores in an urban environment


Health Communication


Promoting healthy eating and physical activity: short-term effects of a mass-media campaign

all scientific publications




Rebuilding a Healthier New Orleans


Policy Briefs


School Vending

all prc publications

Education & Engagement Health Journal