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The first graduating class in Health Services and Hospital Administration — Top row, left to right: Robert Stott, Michael Arbuckle, Donalo Buck, William Collins; Bottom row: Stuart Capper, Carole Furman Philipson, Theodore Weinberg. Not pictured: Terry Faget and Edgar Silvey

You can always count on SPHTM alumni to be active, involved, and taking the lead.

Health Policy and Management celebrates fifty years

It was 1967. Just the year before, more than 23 million elderly and impoverished Americans had enrolled in the newly enacted Medicare and Medicaid programs, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation continued towards its goal of professionalizing the management of hospitals. In that year, Tulane was one of only three universities awarded a Kellogg grant to establish a program in health administration. Dr. Thomas Hamrick, chair of the Department of Health Services Administration, hired Dr. Walter Burnett to serve as the first director to design and launch an MPH program in Health Services & Hospital Administration. Keep reading >>

SPHTM alumnus directing international food and cooking education nonprofit

Recent Tulane graduate Robert Palestina, a 2018 graduate of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, took over as executive director of The Cookbook Project this summer, after completing a 300-hour internship with the nonprofit in 2017. That internship was facilitated by the Tulane Prevention Research Center's Health Promotion Practicum Program. One of his responsibilities was helping the organization redevelop its online training program as well as its food literacy and cooking education curriculum. Keep reading>>

On point with Mélange

Their New Orleans–based dance company, called Mélange— French for a mixture—reflects the group’s diverse dancers, both in training and style. The troupe, whose artistic works center on social justice causes, has been around less than four years, but under the direction of the dynamic duo of artistic director Monica Ordoñez and executive director Alexa Erck Lambert, an SPHTM alumna, it has already earned formidable kudos. Nominated four times previously in the Big Easy Foundation’s Tribute to the Classical Arts, Mélange this year won the award for Outstanding Choreography for its production of Journey of Dreamers, an ode to America’s immigrants who passed through Ellis Island. Keep reading>>

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