Staff Spotlight: Sakinah Omar

Monday, February 11, 2019

Sakinah Omar
Sakinah Omar

Name: Sakinah Omar   

Position: Tobacco Cessation Health Educator, Tobacco Quit Coach

Division/Program in department: Employee Occupational Health & Wellness/LIVE FOR LIFE

Start date: Nov. 1, 2018

Years at Duke: Summer 2009; 2013-2016; November 2018-present

Where I worked prior to accepting this role: UNC-Chapel Hill, Adjunct Clinical Instructor/Counselor

What I will be doing in this role: In this role I will enroll participants in LIVE FOR LIFE's tobacco cessation support program. I will provide in-person or mobile tobacco cessation counseling and health education and support to participants. I will also assist our Employee Health Tobacco Treatment Physician Assistant in helping participants obtain discounted Nicotine Replacement Therapy for our LIVE FOR LIFE active participants to help them quit smoking. I will help with record keeping/data tracking of the tobacco cessation program and assist with tobacco cessation community outreach and programming.

What I most look forward to in this role: I look forward to helping others create positive health changes in their lives and quit smoking! I look forward to meeting and working with all employees in different fields and collaborating with different tobacco cessation programs and resources.

My first job: My first job was a child care provider when I was 15. I helped provide for the safety and wellbeing of children and always tried to plan something fun to do while their parents were away. I loved it!

My dream job: Any job where I get to help people.

What I like to do for fun: I like to spend time in nature and with my family and friends. I like concerts, plays, and films. I also like to listen to all types of music-anything with a good beat.

Favorite musician, movie, TV show, or book: Favorite movie: "The Pursuit of Happiness"

Something my co-workers probably don’t know about me: I have been skydiving and loved it!