EDUCATING AND EMPOWERING NEW ORLEANS YOUTH
MEET OUR TEAM
Helena Likaj, MPH
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’s experience includes working with Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Tulane University, and APEX Youth Center. Helena is excited to meet and work with yall to address and alleviate barriers to living a happy and healthy life.
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
Peer Education Specialist
Paige Guillory is a native of Lafayette, LA and student at the University of New Orleans. She is a senior working towards obtaining a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Promotion. Paige plans to start her career in a nonprofit organization while furthering her education. Maternal and child health is one of her passions. Paige’s goal is to serve women and children in the New Orleans community by providing quality services and disseminating information. She is currently interning with The Gift which is a program of the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health. In May Paige joined the iPrevent team as a Peer Prevention Specialist and is thrilled to contribute. Welcome Paige to the #iPrevent family!
Peer Prevention Specialist
Cabria Ridgnal is from Kansas City, Kansas and is a junior at Dillard University . She is currently completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Health System’s Management. She is also a CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholar and successfully completed the Future Public Health Leaders Program with the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health. She interned at Unified HIV Health and beyond in Prevention in Ypsilanti, Michigan and plans to deepen her knowledge of health as it relates to New Orleans and surrounding areas in her position with #iPrevent. She has always had a passion for serving her community and thinks that outreach is one of the most effective ways of impacting the community. Cabria plans to cultivate safe spaces that educate and engage communities about various topics such as reproductive justice, health disparities, and youth engagement. Cabria joined the iPrevent team as a Peer Prevention Specialist in September and is excited to get to work.
Peer Prevention Specialist
Shatoia Jackson is a native of Denham Springs, Louisiana and a graduating senior at Dillard University. She is completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health, with a concentration in Health Sciences. Shatoia intends to gain experience and education from the public health field and the community, and in turn become an accessible and beneficent pillar to the community and the iPrevent team. The nursing and healthcare fields are two things Shatoia finds the most joy in. She enjoys impacting the lives of others for the better and feels that she's found and pursued these niches since she was a young girl. She is ecstatic to be able to serve the many beautiful people who are apart of the New Orleans community with the iPrevent team. Shatoia joined the iPrevent team as a Peer Prevention Specialist in September and is elated to begin this journey.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.