Ayyad and Boutain are addressing substance use and abuse among adolescents in New Orleans by establishing an educational intervention program in the local community. In addition to preventing substance use in the adolescents in the community, the program will incorporate parent education on drug and alcohol misuse and mental health awareness. Adolescents will engage in activities fostered around the understanding of the harmful effects of substance use, in addition to learning drug refusal and coping skills to enhance their mental health. Ultimately, the program will aim not only to foster positive attitudes and behaviors related to substance use, but also to build strong parent-child relationships to promote better communication and understanding within families.
Community Sites: Xavier University Health Fairs and Community Center and local schools
Simon is addressing oral health of seniors in the Greater New Orleans area by educating residents and staff at nursing homes and assisted living facilities on best practices for oral care, the importance of good oral hygiene, and its relationship to overall health. Specifically, the project seeks to improve seniors’ oral health through the provision of oral exams and delivery of an educational curriculum tailored to elderly adults. While volunteering for hospice, Simon observed the dire need for better oral hygiene. She is venturing to address the underserved population of the elderly through education and prevention practices through inter-professional collaboration with the medical directors and nursing home staff.
Community Sites: Kingsley House and various local nursing homes and assisted living facilities