New Orleans Fellows & Projects

2020-2021 Cohort

Althea Alquitran
Tulane University School of Medicine

Althea is addressing adolescent mental health and wellness in New Orleans by developing a program tailored for youth called the New Orleans Lotus Project. The program will provide a safe space for at-risk young people to learn about mental health and process their own feelings and experiences. In addition, a component of the program will demonstrate wellness techniques such as yoga and meditation to nurture mental well-being and build emotional resilience.

Community Partner: Anna’s Place NOLA

Caroline Baer
Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy

Caoline and Samah are addressing diabetes among hospitality workers in New Orleans by providing risk assessments, diabetes education, and linkages to health care for those who may not have access.

Community Partners: Louisiana Hospitality Foundation and various local restaurants

 Samah Hammad
Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy

Claire Bise
LSUHSC School of Medicine and School of Public Health
Claire is addressing cardiovascular health among adolescent girls in New Orleans by implementing a school-based heart health curriculum. In addition to providing lessons on healthy eating, nutrition, exercise, and the basics of heart health, students will also reflect on their understanding of prevention strategies and incorporate healthy activities into their own schedules.

Caitlin Boyle
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Caitlin is addressing unintended pregnancy in New Orleans by establishing an educational program on contraception and prenatal care for women who use substances in the local community. The program also seeks to help at-risk women link to care in a time of crisis.

Community Partner: Odyssey House

Serena Jones
LSUHSC School of Dentistry

Serena is addressing oral hygiene challenges among patients with cerebral palsy and other physical limitations in Greater New Orleans by establishing a “Healthy Smiles” program. In addition to demonstrating advanced techniques for improved home care, the program will provide education on the oral/systemic health connection. Ultimately, the program aims to improve communication between the patient, caregiver, and dentist while also providing families with more manageable methods for effective home care.