Our Why

The mission of emPOWER NOLA is to educate and empower formal and informal community leaders and help them gain the tools to identify children in need and suffering from community and personal traumas, and to create and promote access to culturally competent care. Improved mental health for the current generation of children is not just morally essentially, it is critical to the continued existence of the rich culture of the city. We are committed to equity in the culture of health in New Orleans because that is required to nourish the community and its many unique customs and traditions.

Maurice Sholas, MD, PhD


“…using naturally occurring (social) networks is to educate and empower our own (Black and Brown) communities to ask and get the help they need for their kids .”

Lauren Teverbaugh, MD