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.

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 settings including communities, workplaces, healthcare facilities, childcare institutions, and schools.

As a past participating center in the Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN), the Tulane University Prevention Research Center (PRC) conducted a pilot research project to study the enablers and barriers to the creation of a healthy food retail financing program in New Orleans. The intent of this policy is to increase access to healthy foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, by incentivizing full-service grocery stores and supermarkets, as well as produce and farmers’ markets, to operate in low-income, underserved neighborhoods. The three aims of this pilot project are: 1) to improve understanding of the policy making process and the role of research in this process; 2) to inform the development and passage of future obesity prevention policies at the state and local level; 3) to provide guidance to other communities about implementing a healthy food retail financing program. The Tulane PRC used observations, written materials, and key informant interviews to address themes in four categories: 1) crucial elements to this policy’s successful enactment and implementation; 2) factors impeding this policy’s implementation; 3) stakeholder involvement in policy development; 4) lessons learned from this policy development process.

Click here to read the Tulane PRC’s report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine describing the policy development process.

Project Title: Understanding Policy Enactment: A Case Study of the New Orleans Fresh Food Retail Incentives Program
Principal Investigator: Diego Rose, MPH, PhD

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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…

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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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Access to Healthy Food: A Key Focus for Research on Domestic Food Insecurity


Nutrition and Food Availability


The Importance of a Multi-Dimensional Approach for Studying the Links between Food Access and Consumption

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What Do New Orleans Residents Want in Their Neighborhoods?




Feel Good Guide

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Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Health Journal