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Michael Celestin, MA, CHES, TTS


Program Manager
Tobacco Control Initiative
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans, School of Public Health


Michael D. Celestin Jr. is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS), holding a B.A. in Interpersonal and Public Communication from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and an M.A. in Human Performance and Health Promotion from the University of New Orleans. Celestin has more than 10 years of experience in tobacco prevention and cessation program design, implementation and evaluation. With several publications and numerous professional presentations, his research interests include health promotion and health communication, and systems approaches to tobacco and cancer control.
As a part of the R2R Mentorship Program, Michael has been working on a project, with guidance from his mentor, Dr. Alton Hart, to promote increased use of the U.S. Public Health Service guideline for treating tobacco use and dependence by healthcare providers in the Louisiana State University (LSU) Health system. The project is a component of the Tobacco Control Initiative – a population-based risk reduction program of LSUHSC School of Public Health and the LSU Health system. Learn more about Michael's Project and his participation in the mentorship program here.