With this new year comes a big transition for us: We moved! The LARiA Project has a new home-base, New Orleans, LA, and it is now housed at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
New Orleans brings new opportunities for our work, building our network within a a city known for its amazing food, but that, at the same time, presents inequities in food access and diet-related health disparities (1). Orleans Parish has a small, yet growing Latin American population. The 2020 Census estimates a growth from 3% of the total population in 2010 to 6% in 2020. Yet, surrounding parishes in the metro area show higher numbers. While New York City has a Latin Caribbean presence, with Puerto Ricans and Dominicans making up the largest share of the Latin American community, Hondurans are a greater presence in New Orleans, followed closely by Mexicans (2). Yet, Latin American restaurants are noticeable, providing us the opportunity to expand and share the lessons we gained from our work in New York City.
We look forward to sharing more about this transition in the coming months! To learn more about this move, check out this update post from our project director, Dr. Melissa Fuster, in her blog, Comida Studies.
(1) See: Louisiana Budget Project, “Food insecurity is falling in Louisiana, but is still among the highest rates in the nation”, published Sept 13, 2018, https://www.labudget.org/2019/09/food-insecurity-is-falling-in-louisiana-but-is-still-among-the-highest-rates-in-the-nation/ (Accessed Feb. 11, 2022)
(2) See: The Data Center, “Who Lives in New Orleans and Metro Parishes Now?”, published July 28, 2021, https://www.datacenterresearch.org/data-resources/who-lives-in-new-orleans-now/ (Accessed Feb. 11, 2022).