The mission of the Health Office for Latin America is to foster and promote collaborative public health research in Latin America between Tulane University faculty and their Latin American research counterparts.
Directed by Dr. Katherine Theall, the Mary Amelia Women’s Center was established in 2003. In addition to taking an innovative approach to address inequities in women’s health across the life course, the Center has taken the lead in community outreach and development, advocacy, interdisciplinary research, and leadership development for women’s health and has a strong collaboration with Xavier University. The Center has also formed key partnerships with community-based organizations, faith-based entities, healthcare providers, and government entities, including the City of New Orleans Health Department, the Louisiana Office of Public Health Maternal and Child Health Program, and the Department of Health and Human Services Birthing Outcomes Initiative (BOI). All of the Center’s current projects are focused on removing physical and social environmental barriers to better health for women, their children, and families.
Directed by Dr. Russell Van Dyke, the PACTU is one of 25 domestic units of the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Group (IMPAACT), which are funded by the NICHD. The mission of IMPAACT is to provide an efficient system for determining through clinical research: the efficacy and toxicity of therapeutic interventions against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in infants, children, and youth; prevention and treatment of infectious and non-infectious complications of HIV; and the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Directed by Dr. Carolyn Johnson, the PRC is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and conducts prevention research, develops partnerships with the local community, and provides training for future prevention researchers and community members. The PRC has been actively involved in New Orleans health issues since 1998. During its original funding cycle, the center focused research on a variety of environmental issues, most significantly reducing childhood lead exposure. That research lead to the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, which resulted in important changes in public policy. Adolescent asthma and mercury exposure were also among the environmental issues addressed as a part of the initial funding cycle. Currently, the PRC is receiving funding from the CDC to address the obesity epidemic. The strategy employed by the PRC is to examine and improve physical and social environmental factors that influence behaviors related to obesity, such as physical activity and diet. PRC investigators continue to employ creative, community-based, participatory research techniques to create a healthier physical and social environment for New Orleans residents.