Community Activities & Events

Posted 6/12/2020

School of Public Health Update by Dean Smith

The LSUHSC School of Public Health held a virtual meeting to update all students, faculty and staff on the state of the school, university and the COVID-19 epidemic.

Held on – Day/Date: Wednesday, June 10th

Click here to view the recording of this meeting


Posted 5/26/2020

SPH Webinar: Health Care Finance & Novel COVID-19, 3/30

Hosted by Dean Smith & Journal of Health Care Finance

The LSUHSC School of Public Health presented a webinar addressing the intersection of Health Care Finance and the COVID-19 epidemic. The webinar was co-hosted by LSU School of Public Health and Journal of Health Care Finance. It will featured a panel of experts in the fields of public health including health care finance and infectious disease.

Held on – Day/Date: Monday, March 30th

Click here to view the presentation recordings of this panel of speakers.


Posted 4/27/2020

Pursuing Data on COVID-19: The Health Inequity Multiplier
A Webinar

Register Now 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 12:00-1:30 PM ET   

Rebekah Gee, MD, MS, MPH (NAM)
CEO, Louisiana State University Healthcare Services
Professor of Public Health and Medicine
Louisiana State University Schools of Public Health & Medicine

Stephen B. Thomas, PhD
Professor, Health Policy & Management
Director, Maryland Center for Health Equity
PI, NIH-NIMHD Center of Excellence on Race, Ethnicity & Health Disparities Research
University of Maryland School of Public Health

Lawrence Brown, PhD, MPA
Director, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
Visiting Associate Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health
University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute

For more information, please click here.


Posted 4/21/2020

SPH & SoM Webinar: Ethical Distribution of Health Resources During COVID-19

Date/Time: Monday, April 27th at 12:00 PM  via Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting

https://lsuhsc.zoom.us/j/96245454353

Meeting ID: 962 4545 4353

One tap mobile phone:+16465588656,,96245454353# US (New York) or +13126266799,,96245454353# US (Chicago)

Dial by your location: +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) or  +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) or +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) or +1 253 215 8782 US or  +1 301 715 8592 US or +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

The School of Public Health and the School of Medicine present a panel on the ethical allocation of resources to all impacted during COVID-19.

Dr. Richard Culbertson will moderate a discussion highlighting clinical experiences of front-line physicians, health laws, crisis standards of care of people with disabilities, and racial equity.

With our panel:

  • Richard Culbertson, PhD – Program Director, Health Policy and Systems Management
  • Bennett DeBoisblanc, MD – Critical Care Physician
  • Joanne Marier, JD – Program Director, Health Law and Medical Ethics
  • Meredith Sugarman, MPH – Associate Director, Louisiana Community Health Worker Institute
  • Cathy Lazarus, MD – Associate Dean, School of Medicine
  • Precious Comeaux, MPH – Community Health Sciences PhD Candidate
  • Ben Springgate, MD, MPH – Director of Center of Healthcare Value and Equity, Chief of Section    of Community and Population Medicine

If you have a question you would like to be addressed during the presentation, you may submit it in advance here. Questions will also be accepted during the seminar.


Posted 4/3/2020

April 20, 2020 – COVID 19: Mental Health Consequences and Strategies with Dr. Ben Springgate (RSVP to the meeting is required)


Updated 4/3/2020

The LSU School of Public Health has scheduled webinars call for up-to-date information about the COVID-19 epidemic.


Posted April 3, 2020

COVID-19 in People Living with HIV and Q & A


Friday, April 3, 2020
1:30 – 2:30 pm MT

Zoom via PC, Mac, iOS, or Android:
https://echo.zoom.us/j/7258965481

To register for this event: Click Here

 


Posted April 1, 2020

Seminars on COVID-19: The Relationship Between the Environment and the Coronavirus

Co-Sponsored by LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health & LSU Baton Rouge School of College of the Coast and Environment
Date: Thursday, April 2, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM   

Pathogens Emerging: the Need for One Health Teams. Presented by Joel Baines, Dean and Dr. Kenneth F. Burns Chair in Veterinary Medicine, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM  

First SARS-CoV, then MERS, and now SARS-CoV-2: The Pandemic Potentials of Beta Coronaviruses. Presented by Jim Diaz, Professor and Program Director, Environmental/Occupational Health Sciences, LSU School of Public Health

 


Posted March 27, 2020

Monday’s SPH Webinar: Health Care Finance & Novel COVID-19, 3/30

Hosted by Dean Smith & Journal of Health Care Finance

The LSUHSC School of Public Health has scheduled a webinar addressing the intersection of Health Care Finance and the COVID-19 epidemic. The webinar is co-hosted by LSU School of Public Health and Journal of Health Care Finance. It will feature a panel of experts in the fields of public health including health care finance and infectious disease. During the webinar, there will be an opportunity for a Q&A with the panel of experts.

Everyone from the School of Public Health community is invited to participate and join this webinar.

Day/Date: Monday, March 30th

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT (3p – 4p EDT, 1p – 2p MDT, 12p-1p PDT)

 

 

 


Posted March 25, 2020

Postponed – Weekly Update COVID-19 Webinar/Conference Call with Dr. Straif-Bourgeois, 3/30

The LSUHSC School of Public Health has scheduled a weekly webinar/conference call for up to date and clear information about the COVID-19 epidemic. This update is being made available to faculty, staff and students to have an opportunity to hear directly from our infectious disease expert, Dr. Straif-Bourgeois, and to help with filtering through all of the available information. During the webinar-conference call, there will be an opportunity for a Q&A with Dr. Straif-Bourgeois.

Everyone from the School of Public Health community is invited to participate and join this webinar. The Zoom link will be sent to your LSUHSC email address.

Day/Date: TBD

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Please note this opportunity is for LSUHSC School of Public Health faculty, staff and students.


Posted March 23, 2020

Special Weekly Update COVID-19 Webinar/Conference Call with Dr. Straif-Bourgeois, 3/23

The LSUHSC School of Public Health has scheduled a weekly webinar/conference call for up to date and clear information about the COVID-19 epidemic. This update is being made available to faculty, staff and students to have an opportunity to hear directly from our infectious disease expert, Dr. Straif-Bourgeois, and to help with filtering through all of the available information. During the webinar-conference call, there will be an opportunity for a Q&A with Dr. Straif-Bourgeois.

Everyone from the School of Public Health community is invited to participate and join this webinar.

Day/Date: Monday, March 23rd

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Access the Recording Here

Access the Presentation Here

Please note this opportunity is for LSUHSC School of Public Health faculty, staff and students.


Sunday, March 22, 2020 – 3:00 PM & 6:30 PM

Once again, Dr. Susanne Straif-Bourgeois has been asked to share her expert opinion on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic here in New Orleans. We are so proud of her and her fellow epidemiologists here at the LSU School of Public Health as they continue to provide guidance to local officials and citizens during this time!

To see Dr. Straif-Bourgeois, please watch the Dianne Andrews In Black and White Talk Show this Sunday (check local listings).

In order to learn more about the Epidemiology Department here at the LSU School of Public Health, make sure to check out our website here: https://sph.lsuhsc.edu/education/academic-programs/epidemiology-epid/

 

 

 

 


Posted March 20, 2020

Healthy Tips for Families Social Distancing at Home

By Healthier Together, Authors, Sothern, M., Schumacher, H., and Von Almen, TK, Trim Kids: The Proven 12-week Plan that has Helped Thousands of Children Achieve a Healthier Weight (Harper Collins, 2001, NY, NY); www.lsuhsc.edu

  1.  Set up a daily food, fitness and schoolwork schedule: Start with a healthy breakfast before beginning remote schooling and schedule at least 15 minutes of morning physical activity followed by a healthy snack to break up schoolwork. Do the same in the afternoon. Before you know it, it will be time for dinner followed by a family walk and then your favorite TV show or online series.
  2. Send children outside often: Outdoor physical activity promotes not only physical health, but it improves mood and lowers the risk for developing depression. Also, sunshine promotes vitamin D production. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to obesity, chronic disease, and depression.
  3. Eat, Stay (home), Love: Link to family and friends remotely:  Schedule remote (e.g. skype, zoom, face time, etc.) cooking time with family members and friends not living in your household at least once per week. Reach out to a distant family member, friend or colleague daily and share ideas for staying healthy such as new recipes and links to the latest online fitness workouts.
  4. Get them involved. Have children select one new fruit and vegetable to try each week. Include children in lunch and dinner preparation. Cooking as a family is a great way to pass on family traditions.
  5. Reinstate family traditions. Insist on family dinners, set the table with real cloth napkins, battery-operated candles and play soft music in the background to encourage discussion. Compliment the children on their healthy food selections, cooking and manners. Dining as a family is associated with lower risk of heart disease and diabetes.
  6. Take advantage of “teachable” moments. Select one frozen, canned or boxed food item from the pantry each week to spend a few extra minutes reading labels with your children. That “juice” drink may have more calories and sugar than the soda—point this out and encourage healthier choices like low fat milk, veggie juice or sparkling water. Do the same with snack foods—-low fat does not always mean low calorie or low sugar. A simple rule is <15 grams of sugar per serving.
  7. When meat, poultry and seafood are scarce: Add nuts (almonds, walnuts, pistachios, etc.) and beans (freshly cooked, frozen, or canned and rinsed) to salads, cooked vegetables, whole grain rice or pasta and casseroles. This is a great way to maintain adequate protein in the family’s diet.
  8. Set a “food bedtime.” After 8:00 is too late. Discourage snacking after dinner so children will be hungry when they wake up. Plan a healthy breakfast the night before.
  9. Insist on healthy breakfast: Breakfast consumption is an important factor in nutrition health, especially during growth stages. Children who eat breakfast have superior nutritional profiles when compared to those who skip breakfast. Children who eat breakfast have improved cognitive function related to memory, test grades, school attendance, and overall well-being. They are also less irritable and are better able to solve problems and concentrate.
  10. Give kids healthy drinks and snacks. Give your children water when they are thirsty, not high sugar beverages such as sodas. Try fresh fruit with yogurt dip, air-popped popcorn, nuts, raisins, veggie chips or cut up veggies with reduced fat dip or peanut butter. On pizza day, make a homemade veggie version with cauliflower crust and reduced fat cheese.
  11. Re-direct and give choices. When your child asks for an unhealthy snack, re-direct and give choices, “Do you want strawberries, carrots or melon for your snack?” Notice cookies are not in the list of choices. When your children are “vegging out” in front of the TV ask, “Would you like to go outside and play, vacuum the house, or tidy your room? If you let them, they will play!
  12. Activity helps them focus.  Let children have 15-20 minute physical activity breaks in the morning and again after lunch, like riding bikes, walking the dog, skateboarding or shooting hoops. Afterwards he or she will concentrate better on studies.
  13. Have fun inside the home. Create a physical activity center with safe, indoor active toys and games in the corner of the family room. Call it an “imagination station” and include foam balls, jump ropes, scarves, hats, and old dress up clothes. Replace the bedroom TV and hand-held computer games with interactive physically active computer gaming.
  14. Location, location, location.  Discourage eating in front of the TV, computer or hand held device and gradually restrict all eating and drinking (except water) to the kitchen counter, table or dining room. Not only will your home be cleaner, but studies show that children eat more when engaging in screen time.
  15. Make them strong.  Let young children safely climb, run and jump to help develop muscle strength and bone building. Older children will enjoy strength training using weights with parents’ supervision.
  16. Realize their limitations. Young children are best suited for short bursts of intermittent active play like skipping, jumping, tag games — so be careful not to impose adult exercise goals, programs or equipment.
  17. Take breaks. Insist that your children take a 5-minute physical activity break every 30 minutes of TV, computer, cell phone and even school work. Movement improves blood flow to all parts of the body, enhances learning ability and reduces mental fatigue.
  18. Be a role model. Active parents have active children. Increase weekend physical activity by dedicating at least one-half day to outdoor family fun. Fill a tub with balls, jump ropes, racquets and other items that encourage yard games. Go for a family bike ride, inline skate, walk or spend time together cooking and dining outdoors.

Stop the nagging. Don’t draw attention to negative behaviors. Rather, spend your energy praising your children when they choose healthy foods or physical activity, and ensure the environment sets them up for healthy eating and plenty of opportunities to be active indoors and out.

Dr. Melinda Sothern, is faculty in Behavioral and Community Health, LSU School of Public Health


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