The IRC in Atlanta’s Health and Wellness team is thrilled to introduce three new staff members to support the replication of the Health Improvement Project (HIP Teens), a pregnancy prevention program that has proven effective through rigorous evaluation. Our new team members will be working with refugee young women aged 15 to 16 years old to provide teen pregnancy prevention education.
Samiha Ross joins the Health and Wellness team as a part-time Health Educator. In this role she will facilitate group health sessions for the replication of HIP Teens. Samiha recently graduated from Agnes Scott College with a BA in Public Health and Anthropology. She will be attending Emory University in the Fall to join the Master of Development Practice program. Samiha worked on previous projects with the Health and Wellness department as an intern and she looks forward to continuing her experience with the IRC. She grew up overseas as the child of a Foreign Service Officer and has lived in Cambodia, Vietnam, India and Indonesia. A fun fact about Samiha is that living here in Georgia is the longest she has ever stayed in one place at six years!
Nel Cing joins the Health and Wellness team as a part-time Health Educator Assistant. In this role she will support group health sessions for the replication of HIP Teens. Nel is originally from Myanmar/Burma and she came to America with her family from Malaysia 12.5 years ago. She is a current freshman at Georgia State University where she studies nursing. Her future goal is to save enough money to build a small local clinic or hospital in her village in Myanmar. This goal inspires her to try her best in life and work hard. She wants to give back to those in need and believes in a free and accessible healthcare system. A fun fact about Nel is that she is very athletic and loves sports!
Pierrette Barge joins the Health and Wellness team as a part-time Health Educator Assistant. In this role she will support group health sessions for the replication of HIP Teens. Pierrette was born in the Central African Republic and considers herself Cameroonian because she was raised there and inherited the cultural influences. She attends Georgia State University where she studies nursing. Pierrette enjoys cooking and dancing, but her true passion is learning and nursing. She strongly believes that she was destined to care and help her community. Pierrette shared, “Being an immigrant in the United States can be challenging, but through hard work and education, it is worth it.” A fun fact about Pierrette is that she has five younger siblings and she loves being the oldest!
To learn more about the work of the IRC in Atlanta and for information on how you can get involved with the IRC as a donor or volunteer, please contact Development Director, Marian Dickson, at Marian.Dickson [at] Rescue.org or 601-310-3174.