Melissa Ada, Tulane University School of Medicine
Ada is addressing the need for preventive vision-care services in New Orleans East, Louisiana (NOELA) by implementing a sustainable vision-screening program at the NOELA Community Health Center. The program will provide basic vision screenings as well as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma screenings.
Community Site: New Orleans East Louisiana Health Center
Eman Al-Bassisi, Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy
Al-Bassisi is seeking to promote healthier lifestyle choices through the integration of nutritional education sessions and real life application at local grocery stores. She will be partnering with a local elementary school and Rouses Market to educate parents that make active food choices for their families how to make better food choice selections without compromising what they enjoy eating. The goal is to reduce the prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana by the reduction and prevention of obesity, which is currently a leader for both in the country.
Community Site: Rouses Market
Christen Brown, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Brown seeks to empower youth in New Orleans’ Treme neighborhood to make healthy choices by expanding an after-school program at Anna’s Place in St. Anna’s Episcopal Church. In addition to giving youth the opportunity and skills they need to be physically active, the program will also incorporate both a nutrition education component as well as a safe space to work through critical life skills and positive conflict resolution strategies. Ultimately, this project seeks to improve the mental and physical health of St. Anna’s youth through the implementation of a holistic, youth-centered curriculum.
Community Site: St. Anna’s Episcopal Church
Laura Cahill and Kiva Fisher, Louisiana State University School of Public Health
Fisher and Cahill are working to mitigate harm among people who have transitioned to injection drug using behavior. This project will focus on increasing access to naloxone, distributing safe injection equipment, and providing HIV/HCV testing and counseling. Fisher and Cahill will also develop resilience strategies such as planning skills and safe injection practices in order to educate PWID on ways to avoid exposure to HIV and HCV and motivate them to inject safely.
Community Site: New Orleans Syringe Access Program
Meaghan Doherty and Hilary Wright, Tulane University School of Medicine
Doherty and Wright seek to reduce youth violence by combining sports and health education. Youth will participate in weekly classes that teach healthy lifestyles and relationships as well as the fundamentals of boxing to develop conflict-resolution skills and enhance self-esteem.
Community Site: Families in Need of Services
Andrew Myers, LSU School of Medicine and Thomas Marcello, Tulane School of Medicine
Myers and Marcello will lead NOLA Hotspotters, an interdisciplinary educational and patient care initiative of LSU Health Sciences Center, Tulane University, and Xavier College of Pharmacy. NOLA Hotspotters provides a targeted approach to improve patient care by working with a small but highly costly segment of “super-users” of the health care system. Hotspotter Care Teams identify patients’ goals for their health and the barriers to successful navigation within the health system. This year, Myers and Marcello are developing resource subcommittees and strategies for sustainable growth, data collection, and improved patient outcomes. They aim to provide high quality care for their patients while providing a hands-on educational experience for health care providers of the future.
Community Site: University Medical Center
Louis Monnig, Louisiana State University School of Medicine
Monnig is addressing the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections among youth in the New Orleans region by managing the content and dissemination of www.NOLAHealthLink.com. He will team up with schools, pediatricians, and reproductive health education providers to ensure every young person in New Orleans will know how to address their sexual health concerns, utilize prevention resources, and access medical care when they need it.
Community Site: Louisiana Office of Public Health STD/HIV Program
Alex Niculescu, Tulane University School of Medicine
Niculescu will work in partnership with several community organizations, including Street Medicine New Orleans (a project of Luke’s House) and New Orleans Harm Reduction Network/Trystereo to design and implement a wound care services program for people who inject drugs (PWID). The program will include a harm reduction resource center providing education, supplies, and referrals. The program will also coordinate harm reduction trainings to neighboring academic institutions and social service agencies, and will culminate in mobile direct service provision to people with injection related wounds.
Community Site: Luke’s House Clinic
Hannah Reisner, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Reisner is partnering with the Edible Schoolyard to encourage healthy eating behaviors among youth at Samuel Green Charter School. By engaging with students in various hands-on cooking activities, kids will learn how to incorporate the fresh fruits and vegetables they’ve helped grow at Green School into meals that they like to eat. The project will involve collaborating with a group of students to create a cookbook using their own recipes, with the objective of boosting confidence in making meals that incorporate fresh foods in order to contribute to long term healthy eating habits.
Community Site: Edible Schoolyard New Orleans
Lisa Staples, Louisiana State University School of Public Health
Staples is addressing childhood obesity at one Head Start Center in New Orleans, LA by educating families on positive household routines. Parents will receive Cooking Matters lessons and research-based lifestyle and parenting education lessons. Children will engage in physical activities and enrichment opportunities offered by local children-centered organizations. The project also includes a Health Communications Campaign.
Community Site: McMillian’s First Steps