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DeSoto Students Working Against Tobacco Program Welcomes New SWAT Coordinator
February 18, 2016

Melissa Mendoza has joined our DeSoto Students Working Against Tobacco team as the local SWAT Coordinator.  Melissa comes from the DeSoto County Health Department where she worked as a support tech involved with diabetes education and “closing the gap” project.

Melissa has hit the ground running working with both Desoto Middle School and DeSoto High School students, essentially doubling student participation at both schools.  In her first month, SWAT students have hosted a booth at the DeSoto Rodeo informing of the dangers of smokeless tobacco, and have partnered with Drug Free DeSoto on a basketball tournament and spring break camp.

“Melissa has a great energy which she brings to our SWAT program.  We are excited to see the projects that she has planned for the future,” notes Dr. Kirk Voelker, who manages the Community-Based Tobacco Prevention Program in DeSoto County. "We look forward to gaining greater student enthusiasm and participation in our SWAT activities with Melissa at the helm."

For more information on the DeSoto County SWAT Program, contact Melissa Mendoza at