Occasionally we like to introduce our readers to people who are providing direct tobacco treatment. Please enjoy this profile of Sada!
What is your professional background?
I have been working on the Maine Tobacco HelpLine for 6 years. I started as a Referral Resource Specialist 5 years ago before transitioning to the role of Tobacco Treatment Specialist less than a year ago. I am working towards my Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification. Prior to joining MaineHealth I was a Collection and Recovery Specialist with Wright Express for a period of 5 years.
When I came to the United States 15 years ago, I did not speak any English nor did I have any knowledge on how the immigration system works in this country. I had help from people at the Immigration Advocacy Project, so as a way of giving back and paying forward, I started volunteering with the organization to help new immigrants to interpret and translate documents for asylum applications. This volunteer work has inspired me to work towards attending law school in the future.
What do you most enjoy about your work on the HelpLine?
What I enjoy the most about my work are the interactions with our participants. Knowing that they trust us enough to share their most personal thoughts. Being part of helping someone with their quit process is gratifying and fulfilling.
What words of wisdom can you share for providers treating people who use tobacco?
Most tobacco users already know that tobacco is not good for their health - they have been told over and over again that it's killing them. Sometimes just being there to listen and validate, without judging, can be enough for someone who is trying to quit.
Thank you, Sada!