New Orleans Women's Shelter Outreach

N.O.W.S. Outreach is an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and Interprofessional School Alliance-approved program founded by medical students in 2015. Our mission is to empower the women and children at the New Orleans Women and Children's Shelter (NOWS) to be proactive with their health and wellness by providing health education and physician-student run medical clinics. NOWS houses about 60 women and children at any one time and is one of the only shelters in New Orleans that lets kids stay with their moms. Students from LSU professional schools, including medicine, nursing, public health, dentistry, and allied health, along with Xavier's pharmacy school, teach health education twice a month on various topics, and free, monthly health clinics are done at the St. Thomas Community Health Center. N.O.W.S. Outreach has also partnered up with the Louisiana Breast and Cervical Program to provide free pap smears, clinical breast exams, and mammograms and has also received a grant from Vitamin Angels in California to distribute vitamins to all of the women and children. For more information, visit our website at

To access the NOWS Outreach Resource Manual, click HERE.

Faculty Advisor: Donna Williams, MPH, DrPH

Student contacts: Kathryn Davidson, Katherine DiLosa, and Erica Sjunnessen