Monica Martin, Health Education Specialist, joins CRIHB and NNN Team!

Monica Martin joins CRIHB and NNN Team

The National Native Network welcomes Monica Martin to our team.  Monica Martin has recently joined our team with the California Rural Indian Health Board as a Health Education Specialist.  Monica will be helping with NNN work along with other CDC grant duties.  Monica comes armed with public health and community level experience and hopes to strengthen tribal communities by providing education and technical assistance.

Inspiring others to live their healthiest and happiest.  That is a motto that Monica lives and works by.  Her greatest passion is helping community members adopt healthy lifestyles and gain access to resources that improve their environment.  She truly believes education leads to empowerment.

Monica has enjoyed applying this philosophy in facilitating federal, state, and local health education courses on nutrition, physical activity, tobacco prevention, and mental health.  She says that it is a pleasure teaching physical and mental fitness, healthy dieting, creating community gardens, developing health fairs, and sustaining community coalitions.  When she is not teaching, she enjoys writing fiction and being outdoors.

As a health educator at California Rural Indian Health Board, Monica’s focus will be on providing support to tribes who are working to address commercial tobacco prevention and cessation.  her intent will be focused on providing program implementation and sustainability along with wellness trainings and conferences.

Monica’s educational background includes a masters of science in public health education and promotion and a masters of public health from Walden University.  She also has a bachelor’s of arts in sociology from Georgia State University.  She is also certified in various other health education programs.

Monica can be contacted at or 916-929-9761 x. 1524.  Learn more about CRIHB at


Upcoming Events

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WEBINAR -- "Business or Exploitation?"  Exposure of the tobacco industry's exploitation of individuals with mental health conditions -- Thursday, January 18, 2018, 1 p.m. EST (60 minutes) - Brought to you by the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco and Cancer Control, and Truth Initiative® -- Presenters:  Margaret Jaco Manecke, MSSW, Project Manager, Practice Improvement, National Council for Behavioral Health; Ashley Persie, Senior Brand Marketing Associate, Truth Initiative®; Judith (Jodi) Prochaska, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of medicine, Stanford University -- Webinar Objectives:  1.  Explain why people with mental health conditions (depression and ADHD, for example) and substance use disorders have been historically targeted by the tobacco industry.  2.  State whether adults with mental health conditions and substance use disorders smoke more than adults without those conditions.  3.  Describe the morbidity rates of people with mental health conditions and name specific causes of death that can be attributed to tobacco use.  4.  Explain the impact of the truth® campaign among its target audience.  5.  Describe evidence-based approaches for treating tobacco use and tobacco addiction in persons with co-occurring mental illness.  6.  Describe how you can leverage the National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control's tools, resources, and network to combat tobacco use & cancer disparities among individuals with mental illnesses and addictions and network members.  REGISTER HERE | DOWNLOAD FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT HERE

It's About a Billion Lives Symposium -- February 2, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA - SAVE THE DATE - LEARN MORE

EVENT -Dialogue for Action® - April 11-13, 2018; Hilton McLean Tysons Corner; McLean, VirginiaDialogue for Action® is an annual national conference that brings a diversity of stakeholders together to discuss the best ways to reinforce cancer screening, prevention, and risk reduction initiatives in their communities.  The Wednesday through Friday schedule is packed with unique opportunities for participants to immerse themselves in engaging presentations facilitated conversations, relationship building, and more.  LEARN MORE

Funding Opportunity - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Policies for Action:  Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health - HERE