EDUCATING AND EMPOWERING NEW ORLEANS YOUTH
MEET OUR TEAM
Helena Likaj, MPH
Prevention and Education Program Manager
Helena is an Albanian refugee dedicated to empowering, equipping, and educating communities when it comes to healthcare. Helena has received her Masters in Public Health and has years of personal and professional experience increasing access to quality health care while providing nonjudgmental compassionate care. Helena is excited to meet and work with yall to address and alleviate barriers to living a happy and healthy life.
Peer Education Specialist
Natalie "Lolly" Tolbert is a native of Detroit, Michigan. She began her collegiate studies at Howard University and transferred to Michigan State University where she graduated with a bachelors of science in Psychology. Natalie plans to mesh music and art with youth behavioral therapy, and as a performing singer and mentor in New Orleans, she is already doing so. Natalie has interned with the University Medical Center in Behavioral health and has been active in the community. She's worked and volunteered with various youth centers where she advocated for youth's musical expression; especially for those dealing with environmental trauma. Natalie is super excited to be an asset to the iPrevent team!! #iPrevent
Lauren is a native of New Orleans, LA. She is a successful senior at Southeastern University. After graduation, Lauren plans to pursue a career in Health Systems Management within the healthcare industry. Lauren also plans to get her master’s degree in Health Administration. Lauren's goal is to provide quality health care and services within the community. The healthcare industry is one of Lauren’s passions. With her experience in customer relations and service, she will utilize those same qualities to help those in need by exemplifying quality care regardless of their economic background and status. In December 2018, Lauren accepted the position as a Peer Prevention Specialist with Odyssey House Louisiana. Welcome to the #iPrevent Team Lauren!
Peer Education Specialist
Daija Johnson is a native of Laplace, LA who is currently a student at Southeastern Louisiana University. She is a senior who will be obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management in May 2019. Daija plans to start her career in a hospital facility after graduation while seeking to continue her education progress with a Master's Program in Healthcare Administration. She plans to attend Our Lady of the Lake College for grad school. Daija's goal is to continue to inspire her three year old daughter Journi' as she assembles her education for her career. In December, Odyssey House Louisiana welcomed Daija as a Peer Prevention Specialist. Welcome Daija to the #iPrevent family!
WHO WE ARE
iPrevent OHL is an innovative and interactive program rooted in addressing and providing resources for substance abuse and HIV/Hep C prevention programming to New Orleans Youth. Did you know that in 2015, new HIV diagnoses in youth aged 13-24 accounted for 26% of all new diagnoses? The majority of new diagnoses among youth are male (81%), black (84%), and are gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men (78%)(1). iPrevent is a community effort to increase awareness and mobilize our community to address various complex issues to which our youth are exposed. Through interactive platforms like our radio station, podcasts, social media, health centers, and community events, we aim to educate, equip, and empower our youth! At Odyssey House Louisiana we provide holistic and client-centered services in a safe environment that address the full continuum of special care needs for the state of Louisiana. Join us at iPrevent OHL! If you would like more information, please contact our Program Manager Helena Likaj at email@example.com.