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.

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; 2) determine school level characteristics associated with effective salad bar use; 3) examine training, knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of the food service director and staff relative to salad bar use; and 4) disseminate findings to key stakeholders throughout the city and state. We hypothesize that multiple factors at various school levels will influence the use and effectiveness of the salad bar. Data collection for the study began in January 2013. We anticipate that the knowledge gained from this study will contribute to increased salad bar use in New Orleans schools and assure higher levels of use and sustainability, thereby increasing access to fresh fruit and vegetables by New Orleans students. This study is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) Cooperative Agreement #U48DP001948 and including Special Interest Project (SIP) #12-063.

Click here for the paper in the Journal of Child Nutrition and Mangaement that explored perspectives of school administrators and nutrition directors about what it takes to operate salad bars.
Click here for the paper in the Internatational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (April 2017) that explored the sources of fruit and vegetables and other foods consumed by students via a 24-hour dietary recall.
Click here for the paper on individual and school level factors related to school salad bar use, published in Health Education & Behavior (February 2017).
Click here for the paper in the Journal of School Health (October 2015), and click here for the infographic on the findings.
Click here to read the presentation abstract on the Salad Bar project from the 2014 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.
Click here for the presentation abstract on dietary recall data presented at the 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Health Behavior.

Investigators: Carolyn Johnson, PhD, FAAHB,

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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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