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Tulane’s Prevention Research Center awarded $4.3 million CDC grant

June 5, 2014

Keith Brannon
Phone: 504-862-8789
kbrannon@tulane.edu

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The PRC's advocacy efforts include  supporting programs to improve sidewalks, bike lanes and crosswalks to make it safer for children to walk or bike to school.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded a $4.3 million, five-year competitive grant to the Prevention Research Center (PRC) at Tulane University to help it continue fighting obesity and supporting healthier communities in New Orleans.

The grant funds new research, advocacy and community engagement to identify and address challenges residents face to becoming physically active and maintaining a healthful diet. This is the PRC’s fourth, five-year CDC grant since the center was founded in 1998 to explore how physical and social environments affect obesity and public health in Louisiana.

"Overweight and obesity continue to have significant health consequences for New Orleans," said Carolyn Johnson, PRC director and Usdin family professor in community health sciences at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. "We appreciate the opportunity to continue working hand-in-hand with our community partners. We all want to see New Orleans continue its transformation into a fit, healthy city."  

The PRC has conducted extensive research on food access in New Orleans post-Katrina and served as an important resource for policymakers in the debate over “food deserts.” After the PRC's core research project showed that many New Orleans neighborhoods lack access to healthy foods, the city of New Orleans established a $14 million Fresh Food Retailer Initiative to fight the problem. The PRC has also evaluated the city’s bike lane infrastructure and supported programs to improve sidewalks, bike lanes and crosswalks to make it safer for children to walk or bike to school.

The CDC awarded funding for a network of 26 Prevention Research Centers in 25 states to study how people and their communities can avoid or counter the risks for chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, obesity, and cancer.

For information about the Tulane PRC, visit prc.tulane.edu.  

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000 website@tulane.edu