This is one of three university-based centers funded by the CDC to develop a nationwide environmental public health tracking network. This network will help federal, state, and local agencies develop effective interventions to prevent or control chronic and acute diseases that can be linked to hazards in the environment. Healthcare providers will be able to provide better care and targeted preventive services, and the public will have a better understanding of what is occurring in their communities and what actions they may take to protect or improve their health.
Step Together New Orleans is a $13 million five-year citywide project to battle obesity, diabetes, and asthma in our citizens. Funded by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the program includes initiatives to increase the walkability and bikeability of New Orleans, to improve the availability of fruits and vegetables in low-income neighborhoods, and to revitalize city playgrounds. Step Together New Orleans will also promote physical activity and healthy eating through a media campaign, organized physical activity programs, and school-based projects. The quality of medical care for people with diabetes and asthma will be improved through church-based nurses, lay health educators, a multi-ethnic diabetes care registry, and work with primary care providers. Tulane’s Department of Community Health Sciences led the team that wrote the successful grant for this project, which was one of only seven funded out of a pool of 85 applications. Tulane faculty will also assist in program implementation. The Step Together task force includes Tulane, the New Orleans Health Department, the Mayor’s Office of Health Policy, the Louisiana Public Health Institute, and ten other community partners.
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