New Orleans

Greater New Orleans Census Data Results

The Greater New Orleans Community Data Center (GNOCDC) recently released an examination of U.S. census data: ÔÇ£Who Lives in New Orleans and the Metro Area Now?ÔÇØ. In this report, the GNOCDC compares New Orleans census data from 2000 to data from 2011 in juxtaposition with national averages. Results are graphed according to changes in race/ethnicity, changes in educational attainment and income, changes in poverty and access to vehicles, changes in foreign-born population, and changes in homeownership and household types. The brief focuses on Orleans Parish, Jefferson Parish, St. Tammany Parish, and the Metro area, each of which are the most populous areas with the most readily available data.

According the census data, several shifts took place in New Orleans demographics with more pronounced changes occurring in the growth of the Hispanic community, the growth of single-person households, and corresponding decreases in adults with less than a high school degree and increase in adults with a bachelorÔÇÖs degree or higher. In comparison with national averages, however, the Hispanic population here is still low, the median household income in Orleans is only $35,041 versus the national $50,502 (though St. TammanyÔÇÖs is $56,536). New Orleans poverty rate is up to 13% higher in Orleans Parish than the U.S., amount of children in poverty almost 20% higher in Orleans than the U.S, households without access to a vehicle 10% higher, and homeownership rates 20% lower in Orleans, but 12% higher than the U.S in St. Tammany.

You can check out the results for yourself here.

Nat’l Medical Association hosts free health fair & raffle Saturday 7-28

Walk a Mile with a Child at Xavier university this Saturday from 7:30am – noon as part of a free health fair hosted by the National Medical?áAssociation.

Reports the Times-Picayune:

ÔÇ£The walk is free and open to all,ÔÇØ said NMA spokesperson Yolanda Fleming. ÔÇ£We plan to raffle off several items as an incentive to get people to attend. The raffles will occur after each talk and some of the items include Wii Fit, a flat-screen TV, MP3 players, tickets to ÔÇÿLaughter is Good MedicineÔÇÖ (conference event), and a gym bag.

ÔÇ£And I will be giving away tickets to the Paula Deen cooking demonstration on Tuesday,ÔÇØ Yolanda added.

The talks and walks are all free and open to the public.?áThe health fest includes interactive sessions about heart disease, diabetes, prostate cancer and other conditions; health screenings, including cholesterol, dental, vision, high blood pressure and diabetes; and live demonstrations, music and giveaways. ?áXavier University is located at 1 Drexel Drive in Midcity. Map

The National Medical Association is an 109 year old ?áinstitution and the preeminent African American-centered health and medical science organization. Its members include physicians, scientists, nurse practitioners, nurses, medical students and a host of other health care professionals.

Walk a Mile with a Child Flier


Speaking of Art

You can’t help but notice the striking sculptures by Enrique Alferez around town. Born in Mexico, he moved here in 1929 and made New Orleans his home for the next 70 years.?á The Ogden Museum of Art is currently hosting an exhibit celebrating the prolific artist.

The Created World of Enrique Alf?®rez runs through April 2nd, 2012. But if you can’t make it to the Ogden, stretch your legs and come visit the Library Commons where you can view The Conquest of Yellow Fever.

CDC’s Carnival Advisory

Library Shoebox Float - 2010

Library Shoebox Float - 2010

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have a Carnival Advisory linked from their main webpage at the moment.

A couple of quick points about the page:

  • New Orleans is the 5th listed city for “most popular Carnival celebrations” after Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Nice, France; Venice, Italy; and Quebec, Canada. I’ll give them Rio & Venice, but really Nice & Quebec have more popular celebrations than we do?
  • “Most people participate in Carnival and Mardi Gras to have fun, but these festivities are also associated with certain health risks, primarily from crime, unsafe food, excessive drinking, risky sex, and heat-related illness.” I don’t think this year we’ll have any heat related illness but you never know with our crazy weather.
  • And, of course, the advisory is written for travelers, not carnival natives/locals who know how to prepare and what to expect.
  • McDonough 11 Move

    The first move of McDonough 11 was completed to make way for the new University Medical Center.

    Orleans Shoring (who is contracted to move the structure) just released a video of the move.

    Pretty cool.

    Health Resource Guides from City Health Dept

    The New Orleans Health Department has issued a new Health Resource Guide entitled a Guide to Behavioral Health Resources in the Greater New Orleans Area which “provides information on accessing mental health and substance abuse resources in the Greater New Orleans area.” This new guide is in addition to A Guide to No or Low Pay Community Healthcare in Orleans Parish which was released in August 2011. Both brochures are available from the Health Department webpage as PDF downloads.

    LSU Clinics & NO Musician’s Clinic

    The former St. Charles General Hospital is the new location for the LSU Healthcare Network Clinics. It is located at 3700 St. Charles Ave with free parking at 3715 Prytania St. The offices officially opened on Monday, October 10th. This is also the location of the New Orleans Muscian’s Clinic. WWL-TV featured the opening on it’s nightly broadcast.

    Hurricane Season 2011

    Hurricane Season begins today; the 2011 season is predicted to be above normal according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

    Make sure to familiarize yourself the universityÔÇÖs Weather Related Emergency Procedures (ChancellorÔÇÖs Memo 51). And let’s hope we don’t have to use it.

    Claiborne Ave Closure on 5/13

    Chancellor Hollier sent out the following email on Thursday, May 12th, announcing street closures on Claiborne Ave. adjacent to the downtown campus.

    The movie, 21 Jump Street, is being filmed near our campus and will require street closure and restrictions on our campus beginning at 7:00 a.m. and lasting until 11:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13 as follows:

    (1) S. Claiborne Street will be closed at the 500 Block, at the Perdido intersection – traffic will be diverted up or down Poydras Street;

    (2) Parking will be restricted at the 500 Block of S. Claiborne Ave (North side), the 400 and 500 Blocks of S. Roman Street (both sides), the 500 Block of Bolivar Street (both sides), and the 1900 Block of Perdido Street (both sides);

    (3) Pedestrian traffic in this area will be maintained;

    (4) The New Orleans Police Department will be on site to provide intermittent traffic control.

    The production company apologizes for the inconvenience caused by the filming.

    I wanted you to be aware so you can plan alternate routes to avoid delays and congestion. Thank you for your patience and accommodation of this major economic development enterprise for our City and State.

    Embryo app has NOLA connection

    Embryo is new app for iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad from the NLM. This app provides a collection of digital serial sections of early stage human embryos for mobile devices. Features include human fertilization videos, photo micrographs of early-stage embryo development, 2D and 3D digital images using visual stack dissections, and a pregnancy calculator.

    Embryo is especially cool because LSUHSC-NO scientists were involved in it’s creation. The app is a collaborative project between the NLM, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD), the Virtual Human Embryo Project at LSUHSC-NO and the National Museum of Health & MedicineÔÇÖs Human Developmental Anatomy Center.

    The Virtual Human Embryo Project was developed in the early 2000’s as a collaboration between embryologist Dr. Raymond Gasser at LSUHSC and the Human Developmental Anatomy Center in Washington DC. Dr. John Cork at LSUHSC joined the project at its inception as the software developer with a special interest in 3D-reconstruction. The images generated from the earlier project provide the basis for Embryo.

    More information and screenshots from iTunes.

    County Health Rankings Update!

    The County Health Rankings ÔÇö are a key component of the Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) project. MATCH is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
    The 50 state reports help public health and community leaders, policy-makers, consumers and others to see how healthy their county is, compare it with others within their state and find ways to improve the health of their community.

    A snap shot of New Orleans report is available:

    Doctors w/o Borders- NOLA

    On Wednesday, April 6 at 7 pm Doctors Without Borders aid workers will give a Recruitment Information Session to medical and non-medical professionals who are interested in putting their ÔÇ£ideal into practice.ÔÇØ The event location is the Audubon Zoo – Dominion Learning Center Auditorium and registration is Free.

    According to the event details attendees will ÔÇ£meet experiences Doctors Without Borders aid workers from the New Orleans area and hear their firsthand stories.ÔÇØ Representatives will be available to answer any questions and discuss the application process.

    The presentation is scheduled to last 1 ?¢ hours including a Q&A session.

    Tiger Run!

    The deadline for registering for the 2011 Tiger Run is fast approaching; registration ends on March 27th. The race is scheduled for Sunday, April 3rd starting at 8:30 a.m in Audubon Park. The race benefits the Student-Run Homeless Clinics and other student-organized community projects.

    This year’s race is also a memorial for Nicole Murphy, a medical student who died in an accident at the World Cup in 2010.

    Happy Mardi Gras!

    King of Carrollton; taken by JKL on Feb. 27, 2011

    King of Carrollton; taken by JKL on Feb. 27, 2011


    We know that in most of the United States, it’s just another Tuesday…but here in New Orleans, it’s Mardi Gras. The LSUHSC Libraries (and our entire campus) is closed today in celebration.

    GuLF Study: Participants Sought

    Yesterday, the National Institutes of Health announced a new study which will follow tens of thousands of cleanup workers and volunteers who participated in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

    “The GuLF STUDY (Gulf Long-term Follow-up Study) is the largest health study of its kind ever conducted among cleanup workers and volunteers, and is one component of a comprehensive federal response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The study is being conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health, and is expected to last up to 10 years Many agencies, researchers, outside experts, as well as members of the local community, have provided input into how the study should be designed and implemented.” from the press release

    For more information: