1440 Canal Street, Suite 2301, New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-4773
President / Director:
Kathryn Parker-Karst, Assistant Director
The Prevention Research Center works to build healthier communities in New Orleans and beyond.
As one of 37 Prevention Research Centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, our focus is on the impact of the physical and social environment on obesity.
Our research seeks to understand how our environment influences behavior and impacts health. We also collaborate with a number of local agencies and community groups to promote healthy environments.
Our work takes shape in a number of different ways:
+ PACE, our core research project, will assess the impact of environmental change in an Upper Ninth Ward neighborhood.
+ We are one of the founding organizations of the Food Policy Advisory Committee. Authorized by the New Orleans City Council, the Committee is working to improve access to fresh, healthy food throughout the city and the state.
+ The Food Ubiquity Study is looking at the prevalence of snack foods available at non-food retailers.
+ Our work in schoolyards compares children’s activity levels before and after play equipment is installed at school playgrounds.
+ We are also studying the impact of food availability on diet and the role of a work-site physical activity and nutrition intervention.
We offer seminars on topics related to our mission and publications that help us and others explain the issues and impart change for better health.
As our center grows, we hope to learn more about how to reverse current staggering obesity trends and improve health. We look forward to working with our partners and with policy-makers to improve the physical environment in ways that will make being healthy easier.
Contact Kate Parker-Karst at or (504) 988-4773.