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September 05, 2018

NAADAC Certification for LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health

Louisiana Tobacco Control Initiative Team

The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) and the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use Dependence (ATTUD) awarded seven Louisiana Tobacco Control Initiative (LA‘TCI) team members their National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice (NCTTP) in recognition of their rigorous training and experience in the field of tobacco cessation. Team members include:

JoAnn Brooks, who has provided TCI services at the W.O. Moss Memorial Health Clinic in Lake Charles for over 13 years. She is a long time resident of Lake Charles and a graduate of McNeese State University with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology.

Debby Durapau, who has provided TCI services at Lallie Kemp Medical Center in Independence and Our Lady of the Angels Medical Center in Bogalusa for over 13 years. She is a long time resident of Franklinton and a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University with a Master’s Degree in Applied Sociology.

Nakesha Latiker, who has provided services at University Hospital and Clinics in Lafayette and LSU Health Baton Rouge for over 12 years. She is a longtime resident of New Iberia and a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing/ Business Administration.

Betty McFarland, who has provided TCI services at University Health‘Conway in Monroe, and University Health‘Shreveport for over 13 years. She is a long time resident of Monroe and a graduate of Louisiana Tech with a Master’s Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology.

Lucretia Young, who has provided TCI services at University Medical Center in New Orleans for over 11 years. She is a long time resident of New Orleans and a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana with a Master’s Degree in Counseling.

LA‘TCI field staff provide multiple services to hospitals and health clinics throughout the state. First, field staff train clinicians to treat tobacco use and keep them up‘to‘date on the latest tobacco treatment practices. Second, field staff facilitate group and individual behavioral counseling at their respective facilities for patients, employees, and surrounding community members. Third, field staff refer patients to quit smoking resources such as Louisiana’s 1‘800‘QUIT‘NOW quit‘line and the Smoking Cessation Trust. Fourth, field staff publicize cessation resources at local community events. Finally, field staff serve as clinical research coordinators and work with clinicians and patients to coordinate various clinical research projects.

In addition to TCI staff, LA‘TCI management team members received their NCTTP. They include:

Michael D. Celestin, Jr., Program Director, who has more than 17 years of experience in tobacco prevention and cessation program development, implementation and evaluation in community and health system settings. Mr. Celestin earned his MA in Health Promotion at the University of New Orleans and his BA in Public Communication at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is also a certified Health Education Specialist. Mr. Celestin is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Health Policy at Southern University in the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.

Krysten Jones‘Winn, Program Manager, who has worked with LA‘TCI for over 14 years. Mrs. Jones‘Winn manages the implementation of the LA‘TCI and development of improvement strategies. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health from Dillard University and a Master’s Degree in Public Health with a Concentration on Epidemiology from LSU Health Sciences Center.

For more information on the Louisiana Tobacco Control Initiative, visit, call 1.866.457.QUIT, or email us

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