Public Health

DEI Book Club Author Chat: Pam Fessler Discussing “Carville’s Cure: Leprosy, Stigma, and the Fight for Justice”

“The truth is that for centuries tens of millions of people around the world have been unnecessarily scorned, isolated, and imprisoned. Fear of leprosy has largely been fear of the unknown, inflamed by biblical depictions of the disease as God’s way of punishing sinners by condemning them to a life of suffering and scorn.”  – Pam Fessler, Carville’s Cure: Leprosy, Stigma, and the Fight for Justice

This month the Diversity and Inclusivity Book Club, hosted by the School of Public Health’s Diversity and Inclusivity Committee, will discuss Carville’s Cure: Leprosy, Stigma, and the Fight for Justice by Pam Fessler as its May read.

In a special event, the Book Club will discuss Carville’s Cure on Zoom with Pam Fessler as a special guest on Wednesday, May 5th at 12pm. To attend, please register on Zoom. If you’d like to read and take part in the event, the Library has purchased a physical copy of the book, which is available for checkout.

For more about the Diversity and Inclusivity Book Club, including information on next month’s Book Club pick and meeting time, email sphdiversity@lsuhsc.edu.

April Faculty Publications

A new selection of articles have been added to the Faculty Publications display in the Ische Library. These eight articles, as well as all of the articles in our Faculty Publications database, are authored by at least one member of our research community here at LSUHSC-New Orleans. Each month the Library is proud to present copies of eight of these publications in a rotating display of 16. With the currently changes, we’ve decided to post the publications digitally. Check out the display below:

Publications cited in the Faculty Publications database are harvested weekly from a variety of sources, such as PubMedSCOPUS, and CINAHL, to name a few. In addition to articles they include books, book chapters, papers, editorials, letters to the editor, and meeting abstracts, all authored by at least one member of the LSUHSC-NO community. The database is maintained by Reference Librarian Kathy Kerdolff and is available to the general public here or via the Library’s webpage. A PDF of a bibliography of this month’s addition is available here. If you have an article you would like us to highlight or if you have any questions regarding the display or the database, you can contact Kathy Kerdolff.

April’s Diversity and Inclusivity Book Club Pick

“The vigorous effort by many public figures, governments, and everyday citizens of the world to ignore climate change has forced storytellers to confront some dark forces in human nature. Namely, our greed, our stubbornness, our willingness to get ahead personally no matter the steep collective cost.”  – John Freeman, Tales of Two Planets: Stories of Climate Change and Inequality in a Divided World 

This month the Diversity and Inclusivity Book Club, hosted by the School of Public Health’s Diversity and Inclusivity Committee, will discuss Tales of Two Planets: Stories of Climate Change and Inequality in a Divided World edited by John Freeman as its April read.

The Book Club will discuss Tales of Two Planets on Zoom on Wednesday, April 14th at 12pm. If you’d like to read and take part in the event, the Library provides access to an eBook version through EBSCO, with a limit of one user at a time.

For more about the Diversity and Inclusivity Book Club, including information on next month’s Book Club pick and meeting time, email sphdiversity@lsuhsc.edu.

March’s Diversity and Inclusivity Book Club Pick: Solito, Solita

“All of the stories (and mine) share a similar creation myth, yet we are much more than refugees, than child migrants, than people who have experienced trauma.”  – Javier Zamora, Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees From Central America 

This month the Diversity and Inclusivity Book Club, hosted by the School of Public Health’s Diversity and Inclusivity Committee, will discuss Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees From Central America edited by Steven Mayers and Jonathan Freedman as its March read.

The Book Club will discuss Solito, Solita on Zoom on Wednesday, March 10th at 12pm. If you’d like to read and take part in the event, the Library provides access to an eBook version through EBSCO, with unlimited users at a time.

For more about the Diversity and Inclusivity Book Club, including information on next month’s Book Club pick and meeting time, email sphdiversity@lsuhsc.edu.

February Faculty Publications

A new selection of articles have been added to the Faculty Publications display in the Ische Library. These eight articles, as well as all of the articles in our Faculty Publications database, are authored by at least one member of our research community here at LSUHSC-New Orleans. Each month the Library is proud to present copies of eight of these publications in a rotating display of 16. With the currently changes, we’ve decided to post the publications digitally. Check out the display below:


Publications cited in the Faculty Publications database are harvested weekly from a variety of sources, such as PubMedSCOPUS, and CINAHL, to name a few. In addition to articles they include books, book chapters, papers, editorials, letters to the editor, and meeting abstracts, all authored by at least one member of the LSUHSC-NO community. The database is maintained by Reference Librarian Kathy Kerdolff and is available to the general public here or via the Library’s webpage. A PDF of a bibliography of this month’s additions will soon be available here. If you have an article you would like us to highlight or if you have any questions regarding the display or the database, you can contact Kathy Kerdolff.

February’s Diversity and Inclusivity Book Club Pick: Data Feminism

“Underlying data feminism is a belief in and commitment to co-liberation: the idea that oppressive systems of power harm all of us, that they undermine the quality and validity of our work, and that they hinder us from creating true and lasting social impact with data science.”  Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren F. Klein, Data Feminism

This month the Diversity and Inclusivity Book Club, hosted by the School of Public Health’s Diversity and Inclusivity Committee, will discuss Data Feminism by Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren F. Klein as its February read.

The Book Club will discuss Data Feminism on Zoom on Wednesday, February 10th at 12pm. If you’d like to read and take part in the event, the Library provides access to an eBook version through EBSCO, with unlimited users at a time.

For more about the Diversity and Inclusivity Book Club, including information on next month’s Book Club pick and meeting time, email sphdiversity@lsuhsc.edu.

COVID Defense App

app logoThe Louisiana Department of Health has launched COVID Defense which uses Bluetooth Low Energy technology to track potential COVID-19 exposures. It collects no personal data and does not track your location. The more people in our area who use the app, the more helpful it will be. It is available in both the App Store and Google Play.

“Using Library Materials in Online Courses” – New Subject Guide

The Library has made a new subject guide meant to help online instructors use library materials in their classes.
More information and the subject guide can be found HERE.

January Faculty Publications

A new selection of articles have been added to the Faculty Publications display in the Ische Library. These eight articles, as well as all of the articles in our Faculty Publications database, are authored by at least one member of our research community here at LSUHSC-New Orleans. Each month the Library is proud to present copies of eight of these publications in a rotating display of 16. With the currently changes, we’ve decided to post the publications digitally. Check out the display below:

Publications cited in the Faculty Publications database are harvested weekly from a variety of sources, such as PubMedSCOPUS, and CINAHL, to name a few. In addition to articles they include books, book chapters, papers, editorials, letters to the editor, and meeting abstracts, all authored by at least one member of the LSUHSC-NO community. The database is maintained by Reference Librarian Kathy Kerdolff and is available to the general public here or via the Library’s webpage. A PDF of a bibliography of this month’s additions will soon be available here. If you have an article you would like us to highlight or if you have any questions regarding the display or the database, you can contact Kathy Kerdolff.

January’s Diversity and Inclusivity Book Club Pick: Food in Cuba

“In Cuba, as acquisition has become more difficult, the economic aspect of food acquisition is deeply connected to intimate forms of sociality and the ways in which people negotiate their social position.”  – Hanna Garth, Food in Cuba: the Pursuit of a Decent Meal

This month the Diversity and Inclusivity Book Club, hosted by the School of Public Health’s Diversity and Inclusivity Committee, will discuss Food in Cuba: the Pursuit of a Decent Meal by Hanna Garth as its January read.

The Book Club will discuss Food in Cuba on Zoom on Wednesday, January 13th at 12pm. If you’d like to read and take part in the event, the Library provides access to an eBook version through EBSCO, with unlimited electronic copies available. For more about the Diversity and Inclusivity Book Club, including information on next month’s Book Club pick and meeting time, email sphdiversity@lsuhsc.edu.

107 pharmacies in 51 parishes will start receiving COVID vaccine today

Starting today, Louisiana will begin receiving the first very limited doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine that will be available at 107 pharmacies across the state.

The vaccines will be available only for those in Phase 1B, Tier One:
• People who are 70 years of age and above;
• Home health services patients and staff;
• Ambulatory/outpatient health care personnel;
• Residents, students and staff of schools of allied health; and
• People being treated for end stage renal disease (patients on dialysis).

LDH has published the list of participating pharmacies, along with their locations and contact information, on its website: covidvaccine.la.gov.

The full press release can be read here.

Louisiana adopts CDC guidance allowing shortened COVID quarantine, while stressing the risk

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) today adopts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recently updated guidance that allows people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 to shorten their quarantine period from 14 days to 10 days, or as few as 7 days with a negative test.

Still, the shorter quarantine periods do come with a risk that a person may be infectious when he or she leaves quarantine, and should be carefully evaluated when weighing options.

The full news release can be read HERE on the Louisiana Department of Health website.

LSU Health Researchers Conduct Study on COVID and Neighborhood Deprivation

LSU Health researchers used ADI (Area Deprivation Index) to study the relationship between poverty and COVID in Louisiana, finding that people in deprived neighborhoods had as much as a 40% increased risk of COVID-19 compared to people in less deprived neighborhoods, in an article published last week.

The research was taken on to find answers about Louisiana’s high per capita rate of COVID this past summer, with highest COVID rates among African Americans.

The authors explain that risk factors “exist not only at the individual or biological level; neighborhood-level factors and their interactions with individual-level factors are also responsible for the observed disparities. Lack of access to health care, unemployment, less education, and poor housing conditions significantly increase the risk of COVID-19 infection.”

The authors hope the study can be “utilized to promote public health preventions measures besides social distancing, wearing a mask while in public and frequent handwashing in vulnerable neighborhoods with greater deprivation.”

You can read the article and see the findings at PLOS ONE. The LSUHSC Newsroom has also published a piece on the article.

Journal of the Louisiana Public Health Association

This brand new publication was developed in partnership with LSU Health – New Orleans School of Public Health and the Louisiana Public Health Association and will focus on public health initiatives throughout the state.

Editors-in-Chief: Kari Fitzmorris Brisolara, ScD & Donna L. Williams, MS, MPH, DrPH

Managing Editors: Amber M. Brown. MPH, Martha L. Cuccia, MPH, Laura Ricks, MPH & Edward J. Trapido, ScD

You can find the link to the issue on our website here [https://sph.lsuhsc.edu/jlpha/ ] and find the library’s record of the journal here [https://innopac.lsuhsc.edu/record=b1153574~S6].

December’s Diversity and Inclusivity Book Club Pick: Our Women on the Ground

“Arab and Middle Eastern women aren’t heard enough in this space. But they’re living and breathing the region, reporting on it from the front lines in Sana’a and Mosul and from Riyadh and Cairo—even from their living rooms in Raqqa.” – Zahra Hankir, Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World

This month the Diversity and Inclusivity Book Club, hosted by the School of Public Health’s Diversity and Inclusivity Committee, will discuss Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab Worldedited by Zahra Hankir, as its December read.

The Book Club will discuss Our Women on the Ground on Zoom on Wednesday, December 9th at 12pm.

If you’d like to read the book or take part in the event, the Library provides access to an eBook version through EBSCO, with one user at a time.

For more about the Diversity and Inclusivity Book Club, including information on next month’s Book Club pick and meeting time, email sphdiversity@lsuhsc.edu.