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Michael Celestin, Ph.D. Receives LA CaTS Career Development Award to Address Tobacco Use Treatment in Rural Populations

New Orleans, LA – Dr. Michael D. Celestin, Jr. recently received a 2022 Roadmap Scholars Award from the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center (LA CaTS) to improve tobacco use treatment in rural health centers.  Each year, La CaTS bestows four Roadmap Scholar awards to early-stage investigators from Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Tulane University, and […]

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2022–2027 State Cancer Plan

2022 – 2027 State Cancer Plan Louisiana Cancer Prevention & Control Programs Louisianans continue to get sick from and die from cancer more than most states. While we have improved relative to other states, there is much work to do–LA has the 6th worst rate of new cancers (NCI/CDC State Cancer Profiles, 2014-2018) and the […]

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Michael D. Celestin, Jr., Ph.D. selected as RISE Scholar

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) selected Dr. Michael D. Celestin, Jr., for its 2022 Summer Institute on Research in Implementation Science for Equity (RISE). The UCSF RISE institute is part of the Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) initiative, a national research and training initiative funded by the National […]

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Monitoring coliphages to reduce waterborne infectious disease transmission in the One Water framework

Kari Fitzmorris-Brisolara Coastal waters, surface waters, and groundwater are impacted by wastewater and stormwater discharges, as well as agricultural flows containing animal waste and nutrients. A One Water approach posits that components of the water system have overlapping and interactive impacts on other aspects of the system, for which a comprehensive approach to water management is needed to further […]

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An Assessment of Needs Among African American and White Cancer Survivors in Louisiana

Khorsandi, D. Williams The literature is limited on African American (AA) specific cancer survivorship needs and preventative health practices but identifies racial disparities in cancer outcomes.  It is necessary to identify these needs and design culturally sensitive interventions to support them.  One popular method of intervention is the use of mobile and virtual resources to […]

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Health Status in Fence-Line Communities: The Impact of Air Pollution

Published: International Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care;  2021, Volume 2, Issue 3, Article 1040; 09 Sep 2021 This research focused on the health status of fence-line communities defined as those adjacent to industrial facilities. Previous research has shown that the longer a population is exposed to high levels of pollution, the more deleterious […]

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A Community Health Worker Approach for Ending the HIV Epidemic

Abstract: In the second half of 2019, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana was selected as 1 of the 3 jump-start pilot jurisdictions for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention–funded Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. Initiative. An innovative community health worker program was among the strategies developed to reduce the number of new […]

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Louisiana Medicaid access for treatment and care for hepatitis C virus (LA-MATCH) project: A cross-sectional study protocol

Abstract: This article presents the Louisiana Hepatitis C Elimination Program’s evaluation protocol underway at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center–New Orleans. With the availability of direct-acting antiviral (DAA) agents, the elimination of Hepatitis C (HCV) has become a possibility. The HCV Elimination Program was initiated by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) Office of […]

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Multicomponent Strategies to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Transmission — Nine Overnight Youth Summer Camps, United States, June–August 2021

Previous studies have demonstrated the importance of prevention strategies to reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission in overnight camps. During June–August 2021, a total of 7,173 campers and staff members attended nine U.S. overnight camps that implemented multiple prevention strategies including high vaccination coverage (>93% among eligible persons aged ≥12 years); prearrival and frequent screening testing (38,059 tests); […]

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Don’t Believe Everything You Read or Hear

Recent news stories (The Advocate and WWNO) and the newest unpublished (and not peer reviewed) cancer study by the community outreach director at the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic continue to disingenuously portray the Louisiana Tumor Registry and obfuscate its mission. A number of groups have used the Louisiana Tumor Registry as a foil to advance their […]