Where we live shapes daily life, habits and health – ask anyone in New Orleans who has tried to walk on broken sidewalks or buy fresh produce in a neighborhood that lacks a full-service grocery store.
When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and the levee system failed in New Orleans in 2005, businesses shut down, roads were in shambles, and parks were unsafe. The opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity were wiped out.
But much has happened in the 10 years since Katrina. The Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) has been working with policymakers, community organizers, other researchers, health advocates, and residents to strategically plan and rebuild New Orleans as a healthier city. PRC staff members continue to collaborate with partners through the Community Advisory Board and other opportunities to provide assistance (see video) to neighborhoods, churches, nonprofits, and fellow public health entities.
“We at the Tulane PRC are sincerely committed to the health and wellbeing of the residents of New Orleans and working with our partners to continue the recovery post-Katrina,” said PRC director Dr. Carolyn Johnson.