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Tulane: On the Front Lines of APHA

The Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine arrived to the American Public Health Association (APHA) in fresh style with a new exhibit booth. Designed to complement the school’s new branding, the 20-ft panels called on visitors to “Find Us on the Front Lines.” Images of students represented the diversity of the student body in an array of hands-on activities, from testing community water to giving a presentation to participating in a post-graduation New Orleans second line.

The school was also visible in the meeting rooms. Dean Dr. Thomas LaVeist participated in a lively, full-house morning panel on “Reparations: The Public Health Perspective 400 Years Since Jamestown.” Other presenters from the school covered topics ranging from the resilience of the post-Katrina Vietnamese-American population, barriers to male involvement in maternal health in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and evaluation practices of collegiate sexual violence prevention, to name a few.

Dr. LaVeist was also on the slate of presenters for the final keynote session of the conference, discussing the role of slavery in creating today’s continued health inequities.

On Monday evening, the school also hosted a reception for alumni and friends at the Philly Field House, located within the convention center. Thanks to a quick change in event areas, we were able to handle our guest list which almost doubled our anticipated attendance. The food was great, the games were fun, but the best part was the networking among all in attendance. Alumnus and former department chair, Dr. Tom Farley, who is now the health commissioner for the City of Philadelphia, made it a point to stop by to meet the dean and connect with old friends.

Dr. Diego Rose honored by APHA Food and Nutrition Section

During the American Public Health Association conference, the association’s Food and Nutrition Section hosted a reception at Drexel University and honored several section members, including Tulane University’s Dr. Diego Rose, who was presented with the Sarah Samuels Memorial Award.

Dr. Rose was nominated for the award by Ms. Mary Katherine Poole, a former student of Dr. Rose and a 2013 graduate from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

The Sarah Samuels Memorial Award recognizes the leadership of public health nutrition professionals in the field of nutrition policy. During her introduction, Ms. Poole highlighted how Dr. Rose’s policy research had impacted U.S. food assistance programs, especially as it relates to the importance of neighborhood food environment and the link between diet and environmental sustainability.

Dr. Rose has garnered significant media attention in the past year for his work examining the carbon footprint of what more than 16,000 Americans eat in a day.

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