2014 News Archive

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Will ‘Obamacare’ reap better health, cost savings?
More than 200 people filled the Lavin-Bernick Center’s Qatar Ballroom on Tuesday (April 9) to hear Tulane University faculty members James Carville and Mollye Demosthenidy discuss the passage, implementation and future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). more>>

Dr. Tom Farley takes on tobacco and soda
Dr. Tom Farley, Tulane University alumnus and former department chair in the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, spoke at Tulane twice last week on the topic of “Saving Gotham.” Farley, who is now the 2014 Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at City University of New York–Hunter College, recently stepped down as commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, a position he held since 2008. more>>

Public Health Institutes explore issues, provide hands-on training
The School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is expanding its summer offerings, including two new summer institutes designed to introduce students to public health and give them applicable new media skills. more>>

Alumnus Wayne J. Riley named President-elect of the American College of Physicians
Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine alumnus Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP, has been named President-elect of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the nation’s largest medical specialty organization. more>>

Tulane SPHTM Celebrates Public Health Week throughout Southeast Louisiana
The Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine will celebrate National Public Health Week at both the downtown campus where graduate classes are held as well as on the uptown campus where university undergraduate classes are held. Events will also be held in the community. By the time the week ends, it will be obvious that “Public Health: Starts Here” at Tulane. more>>


Organization offers fresh produce to local students
While New Orleans may be a food town, sometimes finding fresh, local produce can be a challenge for students on campus. With that in mind, a coalition of students at Tulane and Loyola universities created Student Supported Agriculture (SSA), an organization that seeks to provide hyper-local, seasonal fruits and vegetables to students on both campuses. more>>

Healthy neighborhoods contribute to healthy people
Most people across the country support local policies that encourage physical activity in work sites, communities and especially schools, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Tulane Prevention Research Center and other universities. more>>

Mhealth helps innovative public health student win again
Alejandra Leyton, a public health graduate student, has won another global challenge, this time focused on mental health. This is the second time in six months that Leyton and her challenge partner, University of Maryland medical student Veena Katikineni, have won an innovation challenge, both from Scientists Without Borders. more>>

Diverse researchers and professionals working together
In his recent article, Mark VanLandingham, PhD, Keller Professor in the Department of Global Health Systems and Development, addresses takes on the subtle or not-so-subtle divide that can often be found between so-called “soft” and “hard” science. His article was published this month in Public Health Reports, the official journal of the U.S. Public Health Service published by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). more>>

Student lands high-profile health policy fellowship
K.T. Kramer will graduate from Tulane University in May with not one but two professional degrees: a master’s of health administration and a juris doctorate. more>>


Tulane Moves Up Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges & Universities Ranks
The Peace Corps today released the 2014 rankings of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities across the country. This year Tulane University ranks No. 2 in the graduate school category and No. 13 in the undergraduate medium school category. more>>

Promoting nutrition in underserved communities
The Whole Cities Foundation was announced this week and created with $1 million in seed money from Whole Foods Market to promote nutrition and health education in underserved communities, starting in New Orleans. more>>

GHSD offers new MPH programs
The Department of Global Health Systems and Development (GHSD) has reorganized its MPH curriculum to offer four programs: Health Systems Management, Health Policy, International Health Programs, and Medical Organizations and Systems. “These new concentrations allow students to prepare for tomorrow’s job market, while learning from some of the top experts in their fields,” says Dr. Jane Bertrand, PhD, chair of the department. more>>


Seven Students Earn Gates Millennium Scholarships
Seven SPHTM graduate students have been selected as Gates Millennium Scholars for the 2013-14 academic year. Tulane SPHTM is proud to recognize the scholars for their hard work and dedication. more>>

Feeling depressed may weigh on women
A Tulane University study of women working in Greater New Orleans area public schools found that symptoms of depression were linked to behaviors that can lead to overweight and obesity. more>>

Researchers use E.coli to make potential malaria vaccine
A Tulane University researcher has found a way to use E.coli bacteria to cheaply manufacture a once hard-to-produce protein critical to the development of a potential transmission-blocking malaria vaccine. more>>

Alumna Karen DeSalvo begins appointment at U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
Two months ago Dr. Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, and colleagues from the New Orleans Health Department presented a new public health model at APHA’s 141st Annual Meeting in Boston. Today, Dr. DeSalvo begins using her innovation nationally after her appointment as national coordinator for health information technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. more>>


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