Count the Costs: Racial Inequity

The Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Tulane’s A. B. Freeman School of Business awarded six research grants as part of its Count the Costs initiative. From a funding pool of $120,000, grants in the amount of $20,000 support projects that investigate barriers BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) experience in society, the economic costs of those barriers and viable approaches to addressing them.

Motivated by findings of the Lepage Center’s 2020 Greater New Orleans Startup Report, which pointed to significant racial inequities in access to startup funding, the Freeman School set out to understand inequities across the business community and later expanded the project to highlight the BIPOC experience in a wide range of areas, such as public health, housing and criminal justice.

The projects selected to receive grants will present preliminary findings throughout the summer and fall of 2022.


Severe Maternal Morbidity Among Louisiana Medicaid Recipients

Recorded on Thursday, August 18, 2022 • 12:00-1:00 p.m.
1440 Canal Street Room 1903  

Madeline Woo and Kevin Callison, PhD, of Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, present their findings from calculating the rate of SMM for Medicaid recipients in Louisiana from 2013-2015. By calculating the excess cost of SMM births to the state of Louisiana’s Medicaid program, they will showcase the cost savings to Medicaid if inequalities between BIPOC patients and non-Hispanic white patients are reduced or eliminated.

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Past Presentations

Interventions to Improve Equity in Primary Care Access

Recorded on June 29, 2022 • 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine assistant professors Brigham Walker and Janna Wisniewski and professors Sarah Tinkler and Rajiv Sharma from Portland State University present their research with a Zoom discussion on “Interventions to Improve Equity in Primary Care Access."

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Read the full grant award announcement

Please email Rosalind Butler for more information.