Citizen First Responder on 2/14/17
Suzanne E. Howard is a Registered Nurse, licensed in Louisiana and Texas, and a Certified Diabetes Educator. Suzanne received her Bachelor of Science Degree, from Texas Tech University, in 1983. She was awarded the Chief Gregory Pyle Scholarship in 2004, from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing and continued her 10 year commitment to honor & serve the tribal members of the Choctaw Nation Tribe. She was the Case Manager for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians/Cardiovascular Disease Reduction Demonstration Project. This experience in Native American health disparities began her journey to obtain her CDE. She is currently employed as an RN Care Manager, for Primary Care Plus, in Westwego, L.A., caring for patients with chronic diseases, in Southern Louisiana.
Suzanne’s role as an RN, CDE give her the opportunity to educate a large population about the growing epidemic of Diabetes and to offer support and education, to patients and their families. She continues to attend monthly education programs throughout the New Orleans area and is an active member of the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators, as well as the AADE Louisiana Network. Several weekends during the year, Suzanne volunteers her time by working at Wellness Events for the military, immunizing our service men and women. Suzanne’s professional goal is to continue to use her nursing skills and knowledge, to be best utilized to help promote and obtain, optimum health and wellness for the people of Southern Louisiana.
On Valentine's Day 2017, Suzanne was a citizen first responder who performed CPR and helped save the life of fellow Heartbeat NOLA board member Maurice Trosclair.