Public Health Week takes on national issues

April 3, 2014 10:00 AM

Deirdre Boling

As the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine celebrates National Public Health Week April 7–13, Tulane alumnus Dr. Tom Farley, the former health commissioner for New York City, will speak on both the uptown and the downtown campuses. 

Dr. Tom Farley

Tulane University alumnus Dr. Tom Farley, former health commissioner for New York City, will speak twice at Tulane during National Public Health Week. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

As health commissioner for the Big Apple, Farley advocated for public health policies such as capping the portion size of sugary drinks sold in restaurants at 16 ounces, making the city’s parks and beaches smoke-free, and raising the legal sales age of tobacco to 21.

Farley will present “Saving Gotham: Policy and Environmental Approaches to Health Promotion in New York City, 2002–2013.” He will speak on Wednesday (April 9) at 4:30 p.m. at 1440 Canal St., Room 1201, and on Thursday (April 10) at 5:30 p.m. at the Lavin-Bernick Center, Kendall Cram Lecture Hall. 

The Public Health Undergraduate Student Government has developed a full slate of events on the uptown campus. On Tuesday (April 8), the undergraduates take on the Affordable Care Act, with nationally known political strategist James Carville, a professor of practice of political science, and Mollye Demosthenidy, clinical assistant professor of global health systems and development. 

The lectures are free and open to the public.

The Gulf Region Health Outreach Program, a collaborative effort of the Tulane Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, is presenting events for the public:

Saturday, (April 5) — Kickoff health fair, Umoja Celebration of the African American Child: Health and Culture Festival, at Congo Square in Armstrong Park from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Monday (April 7) — “Eat Well” with cooking demonstrations and samples from the Lose Dat Program, presented at the Tulane Community Health Center in New Orleans

Tuesday (April 8) — “Be the Healthiest Nation in One Generation” with a women’s wellness program at the Common Ground Health Clinic in Algiers, La.

Wednesday (April 9) — “Be Healthy from the Start” at the Crossroads Pregnancy Center in Thibodaux, La.

Thursday (April 10) — “Get Out Ahead” with emergency preparedness and diabetes management seminars in Belle Chasse, La.

Friday (April 11) — “Don’t Panic,” a domestic violence seminar at the Tulane Community Health Center.

Dee Boling is director of communications for the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000