Tulane School of Public Health Partners with Woodmere Community

Catherine G Haywood Catherine G. Haywood, community engagement program manager of Tulane Prevention Research Center and Linda Johnson, president of the Woodmere Community Center have joined forces to bring health and fitness to the Woodmere community.

Haywood, Johnson and Jeanette J. Barnes, vice president of Woodmere Community Center (WCC), recently hosted a four-hour community health fair at the center to share information, offer free health screenings and introduce a pilot program called “Sisters Together.”

In addition to a variety of health screenings of blood pressure, glucose, body mass indices, there was also information on free mammography screenings, self help on fire prevention, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), preparing for financial retirement, gifts and prizes. There were also opportunities to sign-up for health programs.

Rena J. Walker, Jefferson Parish community service supervisor for the Woodmere Center at 4026 Post Dr. in Marrero/Harvey, invited the entire community to attend the health fair and receive resource information from representatives of at least 18 participating organizations.

Health fair participants included: West Jefferson Medical Center, Jefferson Parish Community Health Centers, Humana, Jen Care, Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program and Women, Infants and Children’s (WIC) program representatives, Priority Health, Sista Midwife Productions, Q FIT Weight Loss/Muscular Conditioning, Health Markets, Louisiana Cancer Prevention and Control and others.

Jefferson Parish Community Health Centers representatives informed attendees of the wide variety of basic health services that include dental, optical, and preventive screenings that are available to residents throughout the parish.

Barbie Loisel, West Jefferson Medical Center representative, shared information about “Women’s Appreciation Month” scheduled for May 1-31. She distributed flyers announcing discounted preventive screenings featuring $100 mammogram screenings and $70 bone density Dexa Scans. These screenings are available with appointment by calling 504.349.6085. West Jefferson Women’s Imaging and Breast Care Center is also able to offer free screening mammograms for qualified individuals through a Susan G. Komen award grant.

West Jefferson Pulmonary Rehabilitation Smoking Cessation is offering Louisiana residents who started smoking before Sept. 1, 1988 an opportunity to participate in its smoking cessation program which offers free nicotine replacement therapy or prescription medication, group and individual counseling and Quit line coaching.

Loisel provided information about Stroke Awareness Day on May 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the WJMC auditorium. Stroke Awareness: Think F.A.S.T. Signs of stroke appears in the Face – does it look uneven? Arms- does one drift down?; Speech – does it sound strange?; and Time- call 9-1-1 immediately.

Limited space is available for a first come first served basis for free Carotid Artery Screenings and $5 fasting Cholesterol screenings from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. To make reservations or more information, call 504.349.1789 or visit wjmc.org/stroke.

Dana Feist, professional development coordinator for Louisiana Cancer Prevention and Control, shared information about no-cost mammograms and Pap tests for Louisiana women who qualify. She said that there are three locations in New Orleans and others across the state which offers these free screenings. They are University Medical Center, St. Thomas Community Health Center and New Orleans East Community Health Center on Chef Menteur Highway. For more information, visit www.lbchp.org or call 888.599.1073.

Brandon Boyd, marketing representative for State Farm presented information for both adults and children. There were coloring books for children and brochures for adults about safe auto travel, financial security, fire prevention, and safety precaution around animals, life and other insurance concerns. He also provided a 9-1-1 training guide indicating appropriate incidents that qualify for 9-1-1 calls.

Domynique Herndon of Sista Midwife Productions shared information about midwives/”birth sisters” or doula. She said that Nicole Deggins, certified nurse midwife, invites women to join and meet some local “Birth Sisters” on May 14 from 3 p.m. to 6 p. m. to learn how having a birth sister can help create a peaceful, powerful pregnancy and birth. For more information call 504.233.3806.

Queban Lee, personal fitness trainer and Jacqueline Lee, nutrition and wellness consultant at Q Fit said, “We work with everyone.” Jacqueline said, “I work with assessment. We work within clients’ budgets to design a program that will benefit and support personal wellness for them.” Call 504.205.0204 for a free consultation.

Haywood said, “Tulane Prevention Research Center is all about healthy living.” She said that she works with organizations throughout the metropolitan area and this is the first time partnering with a center on the west bank. She said, “We work with neighborhood associations, community centers, church groups and university organizations. University groups on the campuses of LSU, Xavier, Southern and others are also partners in promoting healthy living, wellness and the prevention of disease.

Another presentation feature of the prevention program was, “Eat Dat,” a cookbook of healthy, affordable recipes, and healthy eating and shopping tips, published by Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine’s – Tulane Prevention Research Center and Tulane Dietetic Internship Class 39. The book is freely distributed electronically for non-commercial purposes at www.bit.ly/EatDatRecipes. The book is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareALike4.0 license. For more information, visit www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0

Haywood said that the first meeting for “Sisters Together” is May 4, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Woodmere Community Center at 4026 Post Dr. For more information, contact Haywood at chaywoo@tulane.eduprc.tulane.edu or 504.988.1158 or Johnson at mrsjlynne@bellsouth.net.

Haywood said that a health fair is held every six months and the next meeting will be held in October. Visit chaywoo@tulane.edu or call 504.988.1158 for more information or to schedule a health fair for your organization. Call Walker at the Woodmere Community Center to learn more call 504.349.5137 or Rjwalker@jeffparish.net.