2012 News Archive

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More food stores open, but areas still lack access
Researchers and students at the Tulane Prevention Research Center mapped the Orleans Parish food environment this fall in their annual study of food stores and fast-food outlets. And for some of those stores, they also looked at what's on the shelves.The information collected will be used in a variety of studies at the Tulane PRC to document changes to the food landscape of the city and how that impacts the health of residents. more>>

Tulane SPHTM's Caribbean Consortium to Address GEO Health 
Dr. Maureen Lichtveld, chair of the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, will lead the Caribbean Consortium for Research in Environmental and Occupational Health (CCREOH), a partnership with Dr. Dennis Mans of Anton de Kom University of Suriname. more>>

Framework Grant Helps Tulane SPHTM Develop Innovative Solutions in Latin America
Dr. Richard Oberhelman, chair of the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, is the principal investigator for the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine's new Inter-American Training for Innovation in Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATIEID) program, funded by a Fogarty Framework grant designed to encourage much-needed innovations in global health.  more>>

Together, physicians can solve chronic diseases
Dr. Paul K. Whelton has a one-word recommendation for physicians treating patients with multiple chronic illnesses: collaboration. When leaders in multiple fields and institutions work together, patients' lives improve and healthcare costs decrease, says Whelton, who was invested in the new Show Chwan Health System Chair in Global Public Health at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. more>>


Centennial Celebration Photo Galleries
The Centennial Cebration spanned two days bringing together SPHTM alumni, faculty, staff, and students. Old friendships were renewed, new outlooks on global health were learned, and hundreds of memories were created. more>>

APHA 2012 Photo Gallery
Just a couple of short weeks before Centennial, SPHTM was on the road at the 140th annual APHA conference and exposition in San Francisco, California. More than 40 students, staff, and faculty delivered oral or poster presentations. more >>

SPHTM Welcomes Dr. Arachu Castro as the Samuel Z. Stone Chair in Public Health in Latin America
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Arachu Castro as the Samuel Z. Stone Chair of Public Health in Latin America, established with generous gifts from the Zemurray Foundation. She will join the faculty in the Department of Global Health Systems and Development. more>>


From the Big Easy to the Big Apple
When New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a ban this year on the sale of sugary drinks of 16 ounces or more in restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, he had the backing of Tulane alumnus and former faculty member Thomas Farley. Health commissioner for the Big Apple, Farley is leading the charge in this attempt to curb obesity. more>>

Students help make birth safer
Every two minutes, 60 mothers around the world die for lack of safe birthing supplies. In Louisiana, nine babies out of every 1,000 die in their first year of life. Tulane University students, in partnership with women in communities, are challenging these tragic birth outcomes. more>>

Taking a public health approach to public safety
In the fight against urban violence, if information is power, one Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine professor is doing his part to give local law enforcement and other community organizations a boost.

Students help make birth safer
Every two minutes, 60 mothers around the world die for lack of safe birthing supplies. In Louisiana, nine babies out of every 1,000 die in their first year of life. Tulane University students, in partnership with women in communities, are challenging these tragic birth outcomes.


Two SPHTM Students Named Schweitzer Fellows
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) is thrilled to announce the selection of the 2012-13 New Orleans Schweitzer Fellows—two of whom are students at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. more>>

Recent Grads Among New Crop of ASPH Fellows
Four recent SPTHM graduates have been selected to become Association of Schools of Public Health Fellows in two separate categories. more>>

A new approach to promoting healthy food
The financial incentive program that is helping reopen a New Orleans landmark, Circle Food Store, and other food stores since Hurricane Katrina, is a broad-based community effort and a learning experience, according to findings by a Tulane University team led by nutrition researcher Diego Rose. more>>

"Travel Bug" gets around
The Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine communications department introduced a traveling stuffed mosquito to promote awareness of the school’s centennial. Students, faculty and staff members took along the “Travel Bug” during summer travel for practica, education, research or leisure. more>>

Dr. Robert Reimers named Water Environment Federation Fellow
Robert Reimers, professor in Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine’s Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, is one of twenty-three outstanding professionals named by the Water Environment Federation as this year’s 2012 group of  WEF Fellows.more >>

Public health undergrad lends a hand in Ghana
Armed with vaccines, malaria prophylaxis, a mosquito net and minimal understanding of Ghana’s Twi language (“mente asee,” meaning “I don’t understand,” was the phrase he used the most), public health undergrad Michael Celone set out for six weeks this summer to immerse myself in a new culture and gain firsthand experience in the health care of Ghana.more>>


West Nile outbreak: More questions than answers
The weather may not be the only culprit behind the country’s worst outbreak of West Nile virus. Public health researchers are investigating whether the virus itself has changed. more>>

Tulane’s Jane Bertrand Unveils DRC Family Planning Website
Global Health NewsDr. Jane Bertrand and her team have recently launched a first-of-its-kind website on family planning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as part of a project sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. more>>

South African HIV/AIDS programs analyzed
South Africa has the largest population of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS on the African continent. Millions of dollars go into programs designed to help them and their families, but are the programs working? Tonya Thurman, a new School of Social Work researcher, is stationed there to study that vital question. more>>

These streets are safe for walking
Sidewalks, crosswalks and traffic signals will be upgraded in parts of New Orleans East and around Audubon Charter School’s campuses in the uptown area, thanks to two Safe Routes to School projects announced by the KidsWalk Coalition, a partnership led by the Prevention Research Center at Tulane University. more>>

A Personal Invitation to The Centennial
The School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine's centennial celebration is fast approaching. We are less than 100 days away from celebrating the school's founding 100 years ago! more>>

Testing begins in chlorine disaster impact study
Researchers led by Erik Svendsen of Tulane have begun testing to investigate the long-term pulmonary effects of a 2005 chlorine gas spill caused by a train derailment in Graniteville, S.C. Approximately 1,400 residents were affected. more>>


Tulane to Provide Research Training in Gene-Environment Interaction in China
The Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine has been awarded a Fogarty International Research Training Grant worth over one million dollars from the National Institutes of Health. more>>

New Orleans makes healthcare strides since Katrina
In the nearly seven years since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has made “amazing progress” in developing a sophisticated system that provides primary care to thousands of citizens, says Dr. Karen DeSalvo, a Tulane University alumna who serves as health commissioner for the City of New Orleans. more>>


New lab combats deadly diseases
The Diboll Lab is expected to impact the size and quality of research grants the school will attract. A child dies of malaria about every 30 seconds, according to Ahmed Aly, assistant professor at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. The new, state-of-the-art Collins C. Diboll Laboratory for Emerging Infectious Diseases was dedicated May 15 at the J. Bennett Johnston building on Tulane Avenue to work toward gradual elimination of malaria and change that statistic forever. more>>

Let the toilet revolution begin
A group of Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine students led by student Anoop Jain won $30,000 this week in the Dell Social Innovation Challenge, one of the largest international business plan contests for social entrepreneurs. more>>

SPHTM’s Scholarship Fundraising Set to Exceed Its Goal
If you come in and out of the Tidewater building from Canal Street, you may have noticed that the Centennial Giving Globe poster tracking our scholarship fundraising efforts has increased from its starting point of $25,000 to an incredible $125,000!  more>>

Tulane to test hypertension control program in Argentina
With a five-year, $2.1 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, Tulane epidemiologist Dr. Jiang He will lead a study to determine the effectiveness of a comprehensive intervention program to improve hypertension prevention and control among uninsured patients and their families in Argentina. more>>


$18.7 million funds oil spill-related health work
The Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine has received $18.7 million for two major environmental health projects designed to help Gulf Coast residents affected by the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. more>>

The SPHTM Class of 2012 Graduates in Centennial Style
Graduations in New Orleans have a pizzazz that those in other cities probably lack – brass bands, second lines, and Mardi Gras beads are all a part of a “typical” high school or college graduation in the Crescent City. This year Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine’s class of 2012 enjoyed these and a few extra surprises to help celebrate their status as the Centennial class, marking the school’s founding in 1912. more>>

Tulane SPHTM Uses Internet to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Tulane’s program, adapted an evidence-based intervention for Internet delivery entitled Sisters Informing, Healing, Living and Empowering(e-SiHLE), is a highly interactive four session intervention for African-American females ages 14-18. more>>

Nominations still open: Leaders in Global Health 2012
Have you nominated anyone yet? The Awards Committee of the 2012 Centennial Celebration requests nominations for awards to be given at the SPHTM Centennial Celebration on November 10, 2012. Leaders in Global Health Awards provide an opportunity to recognize individuals who espouse the core values of the school and further its goals through their lifelong commitment to public health domestically, internationally, and globally. more>>

Farewell party for retiring GHSD professor Penny Jessop
Students, faculty, and staff gathered at the home of Jane Bertrand, chair of the Global Health Systems and Development Department, to bid farewell to beloved professor Penny Jessop, who is retiring after 33 years of teaching. more>>

It's home to Afghanistan for global health scholar
Improving women’s health in Afghanistan is a passion for Dr. Palwasha Anwari, a doctor from Farah Province. After studying epidemiology as a Fulbright scholar at Tulane University, she plans to return home to work on the problem of childbirth death rates in Afghanistan, which are among the highest in the world.

Richard Oberhelman Named Chair of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences
Effective July 1, Richard Oberhelman will begin serving as chair of the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences. Oberhelman is no stranger to the chair’s seat, having served as acting chair of the Department of Tropical Medicine for two years from 2008-2010.more>>

'The Weight of the Nation' doc features Tulane doc
As Tulane cardiologist Dr. Gerald Berenson knows all too well, the obesity epidemic is one of the most pressing health issues facing the nation today. More than two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese, while nearly one-third of the nation’s children and adolescents are overweight or obese. Berenson and his groundbreaking Bogalusa Heart Study will be featured in a new, four-part HBO documentary series. more>>

Models for Collaboration
Articulate a vision.  Create a brand.  Be a team player. These are just three of the 10 tips Charles Van der Horst shared in his presentation “How to be #1,” delivered at last week’s Cross Departmental Research Forum held by the Interdisciplinary Innovative Programs Hub for Global Public Health, or I2PH. more>>

Centennial Online Registration Now Open
Online registration for the Tulane SPHTM is now open.  Alumni, current and former faculty and staff, and anyone who loves global public health are encouraged to register for the event - the first of its kind in the U.S! more>>

Successful Fundraiser for the Penny Jessop Travel Fund
Friday, April 27th, students and faculty from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine gathered at neighborhood bar Handsome Willy’s to celebrate Penny Jessop, beloved professor and international travel mentor. more>>


Plans for ‘complete streets’ roll forward in NOLA
Walking, bicycling and taking public transportation soon will get easier in New Orleans, thanks to work from a Tulane University public health group. The city is beginning to make plans to follow its new “complete streets” policy, a set of procedures that promotes improvements to streets and sidewalks to support people who don’t use or have motor vehicles. more>>

Malaria prevention saves children’s lives
New research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Malaria Journal has used a Lives Saved Tool (LiST) model to show that the increase in funding for the prevention of malaria has prevented 850,000 child deaths in the decade between 2001 and 2010 across Africa. more>>

Fulbright Award Will Take Brad Hawkins to Suriname
Brad Hawkins, a doctoral candidate in Global Environmental Health Sciences, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the University of Suriname’s public health program during the 2012-2013 academic year. more>>

Tulane PRC Study:  Neighborhood Walking Path Increases Resident Activity
New Orleans residents are more active when they have a public walking path in their neighborhoods, according to a recently published Tulane University study. more>>

Prevention Research Center networking at New Orleans Hornets game
Community leaders and local residents learned more about the work of the Prevention Research Center (PRC) at Tulane University during a networking event and information booth the PRC hosted at the New Orleans Hornets Arena April 11, 2012. more>>

Photo contest winner: Maasai Mardi Gras
Cultures mingle as Tulane students and children in Losho, Kenya, exchange songs, dance and Mardi Gras beads. Epidemiology student Nikki Davis is the first-place winner of a photo competition in the Tulane School of Public Health for her shot taken in Losho in June 2011.more>>

Tulane will share in funding to mentor global health scientists
Tulane University is one of 20 institutions that will share more than $20 million to train the next generation of global health researchers, through funding from the Fogarty International Center. more>>


Centennial Celebration Update
The Centennial Celebration is fast approaching and detailed information is now available online! In just a few months alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends of Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the school's founding.more>>

Tulane and Iraqi university to partner
The Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine has signed a memorandum of understanding with Wasit University in Iraq that will lead to the development of a public health school within the Iraqi institution. The memorandum was signed on March 7 by Dr. Pierre Buekens, dean of the Tulane School of Public Health, and Jawad M. Al-Mosawi, president of Wasit University. more>>

AMA Foundation honors SPHTM alumnus Byron D. Hughes with Foundation Award
Byron D. Hughes has been named a recipient of the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation’s 2012 Leadership Award. This award provides medical students, residents/fellows and early career physicians from around the country with special training to develop their skills as future leaders in organized medicine and community affairs. more>>

Centennial Kickoff Event Photo Gallery
The Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine held a kick-off to its centennial year on Wednesday. The event included commemorative beads, give-aways for all attendees, and a special 4-piece king cake in the shape of 1-9-1-2, the year of the school’s founding. more>>

Public health students celebrate school’s centennial
As the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine kicked off the celebration of its centennial year, the school’s Student Government Association hosted its first Global Health Summit featuring several guest speakers who discussed issues such as healthcare reform and social justice. more>>


Inaugural Student Global Health Summit
The SPHTM Student Government Association is hosting its first ever Global Health Summit in honor of the school's founding 100 years ago. The theme for the three day event is One World, One Community and the schedule features guest speakers and lectures, networking events, student initiative and photo competitions, and social gatherings. more>>

Healthy picking: Abundant fruit for needy families
Tulane SPHTM alumna Megan Nuismer leads a team of volunteers who gather fruit that's free for the picking and donate it to community organizations. more>>

Crossing lines of class, culture and language
After a 20-hour flight, public health major Michael Celone touched down in South Africa to embark on a life-changing journey with 25 other American students during fall semester 2011. Although we faced many frustrations along the way, the four months spent in South Africa would expand our worldview and expose us to an array of cultures, traditions and languages that we had never before experienced. more>>

Spotlight on women researchers
Faculty members and graduate students discussed their work in a variety of disciplines at Women’s Research Day, held on Friday (Feb. 3) in the Kendall Cram Lecture Hall at the Lavin-Bernick Center. The session was sponsored by the Newcomb College Institute and several initiatives within the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. more >>

EPA Head Lisa Jackson to speak at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Commencement
Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, will deliver the commencement address at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine diploma ceremony. more>>


Master's International students create mural that represents Peace Corps Programs
At the beginning of the spring semester, the Tulane Peace Corps Programs decided to create a mural for our school that represents how the Peace Corps contributes to Tulane.  more >>

Tulane Ranks on Peace Corps Top Colleges Rankings
This year Tulane University ranks No. 3 on the 2012 top Peace Corps volunteer-producing colleges and universities in the graduate school category, and No. 18 in the undergraduate medium school category.  more >>

Students work together to rebuild wetlands
Undergraduate students at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine have partnered with science students at Nunez Community College in St. Bernard Parish, La., for a service-learning project focused on coastal restoration. more >>


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