LSU Health events to focus on public health

The LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health will present two free events focusing on issues of community concern during National Public Health Week this week.

At noon Monday in the auditorium of LSU Health’s Human Development Center at 411 S. Prieur St., Dr. Stephen Phillippi will lead a panel discussion on “Mass Incarceration: A Public Health Issue.”

Phillippi is the project director of LSU Health New Orleans’ Institute for Public Health and Justice and head of the school’s Behavioral and Community Health Sciences Program.

The panel will give perspectives on issues surrounding mass incarceration in Louisiana, which has been called the prison capital of the world. Issues include inmates’ chronic health conditions and poor health status, mental illness, addiction and the health effects on the communities to which inmates will return when they are released.

From noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at 2020 Gravier St., Room 303, the School of Public Health will carry a live webinar, “Public Health’s Legal Authority and Safe Drinking Water” to examine the regulation of drinking water as a health equity issue and identify how public health practitioners can address it.

It will address the Flint, Michigan, water crisis and the role public health can help play in maintaining drinking water quality.

The American Public Health Association sponsors National Public Health Week each year to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight important issues.

UNO lecture to honor historian of N.O. life

The University of New Orleans will hold the first in a series of public history lectures Monday in memory of historian Michael Mizell-Nelson, who died of cancer in December 2014 at age 49.

Professor Mills Kelly, of George Mason University, will discuss “Community-Based Learning in the Humanities” at 5:30 p.m. in the ballroom of the Homer L. Hitt Alumni and Visitors Center. The free lecture series has been funded by Mizell-Nelson’s father, Merle Mizell.

Mizell-Nelson was an associate professor and public history coordinator at UNO. A lifelong New Orleanian, he was a well-known authority on two quintessential New Orleans topics, the po-boy and the streetcar.

He co-produced “Streetcar Stories,” a one-hour documentary that aired on PBS affiliates around the country, and also devoted years to researching the name and origin of po-boys. In collaboration with Tulane University, he helped create New Orleans Historical, a web and mobile platform that features stories and scholarship about New Orleans.

Mizell-Nelson also was a driving force behind the creation of the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank. Launched in 2005 in partnership with George Mason University, the memory bank uses electronic media to collect, preserve and present stories and digital records of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The website is the largest free public archive of Katrina and Rita material.

Musica da Camera concert moved to N.O.

As a result of the extensive flooding at St. Joseph Abbey and Seminary College near Covington on March 11, a performance by New Orleans Musica da Camera, originally scheduled April 10 at the abbey church, has been moved to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1031 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans.

“The Red Book: Songs & Dances of the Shrine of Montserrat — with Vox Feminae,” will begin at 3 p.m. It is free, but organizers are accepting donations to assist in recovery efforts at St. Joseph.

The flood damaged nearly every building on the grounds, including the basement of the church, which housed electrical, air-conditioning and heating equipment. The church remains closed to the public. Other buildings damaged include the monastery, residence halls and classrooms, the library, gift shop, the casket-building operation and the Christian Life Retreat Center.

Musica da Camera is the oldest surviving early music organization in the country, founded in 1966 by director Milton Scheuermann Jr. It researches and performs music of the 10th through 16th centuries.

For information on the concert, call (504) 895-1972 or visit www.nomdc.org/events.htm. Visit HelpTheAbbey.com to find out how to help St. Joseph Abbey and Seminary College.