Editor's Note
We have a lot of news in this issue! We try to keep the Tidewater Times short, but we also want to make sure you are well informed about what's going on at the school. If you don't want to stay up-to-date with what's going on at SPHTM, please email Dee Boling to let us know, and we'll remove you from the distribution list. 
University News
Self-check texts: You may have noticed that you have been getting COVID self-check texts more than once a day. Don't worry, this isn't a mistake. In accordance with the university's upgrade to the orange alert level, self-checks have been increased to twice per day. 
COVID-19 Training: All university employees are required to complete COVID-19 training and sign the related acknowledgement. It will take you less than an hour to complete.
Professional Development Days: The second annual Professional Development Event has been scheduled for October 1 and 2. Mark your calendar now! Sessions will cover topics on the themes of effective communication, performance management, and leadership skills. 
University Webinar for Faculty and Staff: President Mike Fitts will host and a webinar for faculty and staff to answer questions about university safety protocols and other measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Panelists will include Shantay Bolton (Vice President and Deputy Chief Operating Officer), Robin Forman (Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost), Lee Hamm (Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of School of Medicine), David Mushatt (Associate Professor of Medicine and Section Chief, Tulane Adult Infectious Diseases), Patrick Norton (Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer), Scott Tims (Assistant Vice President, Campus Health Services), and Erica Woodley(Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students). 

Thursday, September 10 at 4pm. 
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School News
APHA: Please continue to let us know if you will be presenting at the virtual American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. This includes faculty, staff, and students and covers panels, poster presentations, and other events. 
FAQs, information, and concerns: Just a reminder that the  Fall Semester 2020 page includes class schedules, FAQs, and a form where you can share questions and concerns. This page is accessible from the drop-down link at the Students, Faculty, and COVID-19 main navigation on every SPHTM web page.
Faculty Affairs
Welcome New Faculty! With the start of the Fall Semester, we have several new faculty at SPHTM. Please reach out and make them feel welcome. 

In Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences:
  • Dr. David Chae, associate dean for research and associate professor
  • Dr. Karen Bell, assistant professor, who will teach in the Online MPH
  • Dr. Tonya Thurman, research associate professor, an alumna who joins us from the faculty at the School of Social Work
  • Dr. Keelia O'Malley, clinical assistant professor, another alumna who has been working with the nutrition program.
In Epidemiology: 
  • Dr. Yoriko Heianza, research assistant professor, part of the TUTSI COBRE grant who will work with the Tulane Obesity Research Center
  • Dr. Changwei Li, assistant professor, also part of the TUTSI COBRE grant, he'll work with the Tulane Center for Public Health Genomics

Faculty Promotions: In addition to new faculty, we also congratulate two Tropical Medicine faculty who have been promoted: 
CELT Training Stipends: A number of SPHTM faculty participated in the summertime training by CELT designed to help faculty transition to the HyFlex model. Thanks to all of you who participated! The Dean’s Office is preparing stipends for all who were eligible, and those faculty should see it added to their September paycheck.

Awards Update: We've learned that several SPHTM faculty have been recognized with the Carol Lavin Bernick Faculty Grant, including Patricia Scaraffia (reported last week), Mai Do, and Felicia Rabito, Any others? 
Masks up! Inside Higher Ed has tips for teaching while wearing a mask. 
Center News
More CEMCH news: Last week we announced that CEMCH was funded for another 5-year cycle. The $2.7 million grant includes awards made to CEMCH faculty, Dr. Katherine Theall, for the Tulane Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Epidemiology Doctoral Training Program and the new Tulane MatCH mentoring and training program for postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty. 

The new Tulane MatCH Program will provide team mentorship, financial support, and professional development opportunities to postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty while strengthening academic-practice partnerships.
Student Affairs & News
UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellowship:  Applications are now open for this fellowship opportunity that supports mentored research training in global health for doctoral and postdoctoral candidates. The fellowship includes 12 months abroad at one of the approved sites. Costs covered include research funding, stipend, travel, and health insurance.
Research sites are in Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Uganda, South Africa, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, India, Nicaragua, Peru, and Suriname. U.S. citizens and nationals of the 15 participating countries are eligible to apply.
The UJMT Consortium comprises UNC-Chapel Hill, Johns Hopkins University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Tulane University – and their affiliated international institutions.

The deadline for submitting applications is Nov. 2, 2020. COVID -19 planning is addressed within the application. 
Public Health in the Park: The second event in this series will focus on "Public space and public health in the time of COVID: ways the pandemic has redefined our relations to cities (and what can GIS do about it)?"

Join Dr. Julie Hernandez, a geographer who teaches the Intro to GIS course. In the years following hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, she worked extensively with the city’s most vulnerable communities to help them monitor and advocate for their neighborhood’s recovery. Since the start of the pandemic, she’s worked with the New Orleans Health Department to map out COVID testing results and identify emerging hotspots.

Now that the fault lines of racial, social, and economic inequalities are being exposed once again by the pandemic, she would like to talk with public health students about how fragile the concept of access to health can become in a crisis, how poverty might once again be redefined as “lack of mobility,” and how “social distancing” may in fact be a spatial form of privilege.

Friday, September 11, 2020
Crescent Park
Meet near the swings/grassy area near the Elysian Fields entrance of the park. Look for the SPHTM flag and bring a chair.
Space is limited, please RSVP to

See below for more Public Health in the Park dates.
Alumni Affairs
Sprinting to the Front Lines webinar series: Please join Alumni Affairs for the first in a series of panel discussions on Sprinting to the Front Lines, a rapid funding mechanism for Tulane students to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Teams of current Tulane students were invited to submit a proposal that would directly impact the health and wellbeing of the New Orleans community during the COVID-19 outbreak. Projects were selected by a panel of three faculty at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the six were selected from 50 applications submitted.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many New Orleans families who were already living in food deserts faced food shortages of fresh, healthy food. FarmToNOLA Fresh Food Delivery, the first student project to be featured, sought to address this need by delivering fresh produce directly from local farms to families in the Lower 9th Ward and Westwego.
Speakers will include two student team members, MD/MPH student Meredith Freeman and medical student Karen Schaeffer. SPHTM faculty mentor Dr. Pia Chaparro will moderate the discussion. 
Funding for Sprinting to the Front Lines was made possible by a generous donation from Celia Weatherhead and the Weatherhead Foundation. Celia Weatherhead is a graduate of Newcomb College, an emeritus member of the Board of Tulane, and a member of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Dean’s Advisory Council.

The webinar will be held Tuesday, September 15, from 4:00 to 4:45pm CT.  Register in advance. 
Wear a Mask. Wash Your Hands. Keep Your Community Safe.
Faculty/Staff Events
Thurs., Sept. 10
Faculty/Staff Webinar
Hosted by Pres. Fitts
Register in Advance
Fri., Sept. 11
Crescent Park
Public Health in the Park
with Dr. Julie Hernandez
Mon., Sept. 14
General Faculty Meeting #1
Agenda topics and reports to
Dr. Joshua Yukich with cc to
Tom Augustson
Tues., Sept. 15
Webinar: FarmToNOLA Fresh Food Delivery
Register in Advance
Fri., Sept. 18
Public Health in the Park
Tentative: Dr. Lina Moses
Fri., Sept. 25
Audubon Park
Public Health in the Park
with Dr. Susan Hassig
Wed., Oct. 7
Executive Faculty Retreat
Note: This meeting is for department chairs, faculty officers, deans,
& SGA officers
Mon., Oct. 12
General Faculty Retreat
Agenda topics to Dr. Joshua Yukich with cc to Tom Augustson
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