FELLOWS AND PROJECTS
Purva Amar, Tulane University School of Medicine
Nanci Zhang, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Amar and Zhang will work to sustain and expand the primary care clinic
at Grace House, a residential treatment program for women in recovery.
The clinic was established by 2011-12 Schweitzer Fellow Dominique Jodry.
Amar and Zhang will work to make its women’s health services more
comprehensive, and will also launch weekly support and patient education
Community Site: Grace House
Ashley Case, Tulane University School of Medicine
Case will develop an education and support program for children with chronic asthma and their caretakers.
Community Site: Ruth Fertel Clinic
Lauren Day, Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy
Day will develop and implement a physical fitness and nutrition program
for adolescent girls in several schools throughout New Orleans.
Community Site: L.B. Landry High School; additional schools TBD
David Fralinger, Tulane University School of Medicine
Fralinger will expand on the work of 2011-2012 Schweitzer Fellow Gina
Sequeira by creating an online resource for LGBT patients to locate,
contact, and rate health care providers. Fralinger will work with both
patients and providers to identify and address concerns and barriers to
care, and will work to create a network of LGBT-friendly health care
Community Site: NO/AIDS Task Force
Michael Halperin, Tulane University School of Medicine
Halperin will work to promote healthy lifestyle choices by implementing
the CrossFit exercise program at several charter schools.
Community Site: KIPP Believe Primary School; CrossFit NOLA
Jahangeer Khan, Louisiana State University School of Public Health
Khan will work to improve the quality of life of both children and
seniors by creating and implementing a shared-site, intergenerational
program with Adult Day Health Care seniors and Head Start children.
Community Site: Kingsley House
Mingyang Liu, Tulane University School of Medicine/Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Liu will work with members of the Vietnamese American community in the
greater New Orleans area to create a sustainable Hepatitis B awareness
and screening program.
Community Site: Fleur de Vis Clinic
Jarratt Pytell, Louisiana State University School of Medicine
Pytell will implement a sexual and reproductive health program focusing
on access to health care, positive sexual behaviors, and disease and
Community Site: New Orleans Charter Science and Math Academy
Amir Shahien, Louisiana State University School of Medicine
Shahien will collaborate with a healthy foods vendor to implement a
complementary, sustainable nutrition education series taught by medical
student volunteers at elementary schools in New Orleans. Community Site: Batiste Cultural Arts Academy
Tasnim Beg, Tulane University School of Medicine/School of Public Health
Beg will utilize yoga to improve the health and quality of life of youth experiencing homelessness in New Orleans.
Community Site: Youth Drop-in Center
Derrick Bradley, Xavier University School of Pharmacy
Bradley aims to deliver programming that improves health competency, comprehension, and literacy in minority communities in New Orleans.
Community Site: Daughters of Charity
Samuel Bradley, Loyola University New Orleans College of Music and Fine Arts
Bradley will implement a music therapy program with minority adolescents aimed at improving their conflict resolution skills.
Community Site: PRIEMMANS (Pre-college Incubation Experience for Majoring in Math and the Natural Sciences)
Brittany Demas and Symielle Gaston, Louisiana State University School of Public Health
Demas and Gaston will address childhood nutrition and obesity by launching an after-school community gardening project with underserved youth.
Community Site: Trinity Christian Community Center
Jennifer Farrell and Gabriela Magda, Tulane University School of Medicine
Farrell and Magda aim to promote leadership and healthy decision making by designing and implementing a community health leadership program at a local high school.
Community Site: Walter L. Cohen High School
Dominique Jodry, Tulane University School of Medicine
Jodry will work to train and empower adolescent girls in New Orleans public schools to act as peer leaders in their community, addressing issues of sexual and reproductive health as well as violence and coercion in relationships.
Community Site: TBD
Devika Nair, Tulane University School of Medicine
Nair will partner with the New Orleans chapter of Volunteers of America to create a vocation-based mentoring program for children living in underserved communities.
Community Site: Volunteers of America of Greater New Orleans
Gina Sequeira, Tulane University School Medicine
Sequiera will work to develop and implement an education and training program that equips patients and health care providers with the tools to address needs that are specific to the LGBT community.
Community Site: Louisiana Wellness Center Project
Nicholas Somerville, Tulane University School of Medicine/School of Public Health
Somerville will work to reduce the risk of HIV and Hep C among injection drug users by expanding and sustaining the New Orleans Syringe Access Program.
Community Site: New Orleans Syringe Access Program
Carl Woodward, Tulane University School of Public Health
Woodward will work to reduce youth violence by implementing a family-based mentorship model.
Community Site: Central City Partnership
Margaret Alabi, Xavier College of Pharmacy
Alabi will educate Central City adolescents about drug and substance abuse and its effect on the community. Through personal expressions such as poetry, dance, and music, she will work to build participants’ confidence in addressing signs of drug and substance abuse when faced with relevant situations. Community Site: TBD
Reece Alkire and Meagan Relle, LSU Health Science Center School of Public Health
Alkire and Relle will develop and implement a disease prevention and health education curriculum based at a homeless veterans’ transitioning facility in uptown New Orleans. Community Site: Volunteers of America
Megan Burns, LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public Health
Burns will develop a community-based school gardening program in an effort to increase knowledge and skills regarding growing, preparing, and marketing fresh produce. Community Site: James Weldon Johnson Elementary School
Sareeca Hoskins, Loyola University New Orleans
Hoskins will work to promote healthy attitudes and behaviors in adolescent girls by utilizing music therapy techniques to provide a creative outlet for accessing, exploring, and expressing issues relevant to their lives. Hoskins will also provide opportunities to collaboratively create strategies for personal safety and success aimed at breaking the cycle of domestic and/or partner violence. Community Site: Metropolitan Center for Women and Children
Jessie Kittle, Tulane School of Medicine
Kittle will implement health and safety trainings for injection drug users aimed at reducing HIV/Hepatitis C infection and drug overdose, and increasing access to health care and substance abuse treatment programs. Community Site: New Orleans Syringe Access Program (NOSAP)
Emily Mabile, LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public Health
Mabile will utilize art therapy techniques to improve the mental health of youth in Central-City New Orleans. Through Mabile’s program, children and adolescents will work together to create a mural that represents themselves and their school. Community Site: TBD
Jerrine Morris, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Morris will use group dialogue and peer counseling to teach responsible health behaviors within a local high school’s health curriculum. Community Site: TBD
John Moustoukas, Tulane University School of Medicine
Moustoukas will administer a program that will combine African drumming instruction with music and talk therapy at a New Orleans area charter school. This program will use creativity as an expressive vehicle to manage stress and aggression while building confidence and positive relationships. Community Site: TBD
Chelsea Singleton, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Singleton will integrate health education about cardiovascular disease into an all girls step-dance team comprised of minority teenagers from local high schools. Community Site: TBD
Megan Hodges, Tulane School of Medicine
Megan will be starting up the Gulf Coast Center for Autism to integrate academics, speech, behavioral and occupational therapy, psychiatry and genetics testing and a few other areas in conjunction with Oschner Hospital. She will also use material that she developed in the past to help parents effectively communicate with autistic children.
Byron D. Hughes, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Byron will be focused on motivating and assisting young men in applying, as well as aiding in the process of matriculation into a college or vocational school. His program will include mentoring and tutoring services, with a focus on mathematics, science and reading at the high school level.
Devinne James, Xavier College of Pharmacy
Devinne is going to introduce dance/aerobics class infused with lessons in basic nutrition and goal setting for schools in New Orleans East. The participants will learn age appropriate hip hop dance and aerobics routines designed to be entertaining and beneficial in combating childhood obesity.
Jon Pennycuff, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Jon will be working with Tulane University Community Health Center to recruit Latino individuals diagnosed with type-II diabetes from the Greater New Orleans community to participate in a culturally-sensitive health education outreach program that will focus on increasing medical literacy of diabetes and management of the disease and its subsequent complications..
Emily Rogers and Shannon Speeg, LSUHSC School of Public Health
Emily and Shannon are working together to develop an exercise program and health education program to be implemented at various assisted living facilities and senior centers in the Greater New Orleans area for the elderly.
Jay Shukla, Tulane School of Medicine
Jay would like to address the need for weight loss amongst the people of the 9th ward by offering a series of 4 "healthy eating" cooking classes. He will be working with the Daughters of Charity Clinic in the area to implement the program.
Amy Thierry and Lauren Cole, LSUSHC School of Public Health
Amy and Lauren are developing an after-school program for local public schools that hopes to improve the oral health of elementary school aged children with a curriculum that includes topics such as proper dental hygiene, like brushing and flossing, and healthy eating habits to ensure healthy teeth and gums.
Alice Williamson, LSU School of Medicine
Alice is working with Langston Hughes Academy to develop a health class curriculum called Healthy Kids 2010. Topics covered will include simple topics like hand-washing and more in-depth topics like the Food Guide Pyramid, all presented at a teaching level appropriate for the specific level of student.
David Canales, Tulane University Law School New Orleans
Pro Bono Project: David will offer bilingual legal counsel to the immigrant worker community that arrived post-Katrina on issues such as wage claims, divorce, foreclosures and bankruptcy.
Emily Donaldson-Fletcher, Tulane University School of Medicine
New Orleans Healthy Start Program: Emily will work to decrease the incidence of low birth weight babies in New Orleans.
Valerie Fontenot and Tyra Toston, LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public Health
Valerie and Tyra are working together to provide health education that focuses on responsible sexual behavior for at-risk adolescents in the Greater New Orleans Area, specifically minority female populations.
Jonathan Howe, LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public Health
Jonathan will introduce dance intervention, teaching hip hop dancing to at-risk and high-risk, overweight, and obese adolescents and young adults (ages 17-22).
Erika Lindholm, LSU Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
Erika will continue to develop CORE, a student organization designed to offer medical students opportunities to be involved in projects that would improve community health, as well as dedicate 100 hours to participate in new direct service activities with CORE.
Kemi Olaide Orekoya, Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine Kemi will start an after school program for female adolescents to learn about their bodies through a Health and Reproductive Female Initiative Project at a charter school in New Orleans.
Kaari Riley, Tulane University Law School
Kaari will provide a mentoring and job readiness program that includes tutoring for middle school and high school students who actively attend school or are in a GED program.
Holly Scheib, Tulane University School of Public Health &Tropical Medicine
Latino Health Access Network: Holly will coordinate bilingual training opportunities in parenting and early childhood development for Hispanic parents and childcare providers.
Rohini Singh, LSU Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
Rohini will work to improve the emotional, behavioral and physical health of children with special health care needs through “Creative Outlets Promoting Empowerment, Project COPE.“
Deshawn Stevenson, Xavier University School of Pharmacy
Daughters of Charity: Deshawn will work with the pharmacy at the new Daughters of Charity Clinic to counsel patients on their medications, organize a health fair, and distribute flyers promoting the clinic and health information around the neighborhood.