The Pinoleville Pomo Nation Wellness Center aims to promote the well-being of Native people, through workshops and programs that embrace the teachings and traditions of our ancestors. Pinoleville Pomo Nation Wellness Center offers regional workshops to improve physical, spiritual, emotional and mental well-being. Since receiving the CDC’s Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) grant in 2019, the Wellness Center has been able to establish services that include classes on nutrition, healthy eating on a budget, gardening, traditional foods, heart disease and stroke prevention, and diabetes prevention, along with nutritious monthly lunches and workout classes throughout the week available to community members in-person and virtually. A registered dietitian and community health representative on staff further contribute to the community by offering nutritional consults and health checks.
Pinoleville Pomo Nation’s CDC-recognized lifestyle change program is an evidence-based solution that can reduce a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% (71% in individuals aged 65 and older). CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs are a key component of the National DPP and have proven to be more effective than certain medications at preventing type 2 diabetes. The Pinoleville Pomo Nation’s DPP is a year-long program, where you can set goals for yourself and with the help of your lifestyle coach and group support reach your goals and learn to maintain them for a lifetime.
Hello friends and family! The PPN’s Wellness Department is working on some exciting new classes and services to offer this community as we support each other in pursuing wellness in all aspects of our lives. First of all, we are eager to get our community garden up and running again! In times of uncertainty like we are currently experiencing, the hope is for our community to feel empowered and comforted by this shared space for food and medicine production. As we plan our crops for the season, we want to hear from our community – what produce are you excited about receiving from the garden? What are your favorite vegetables? What traditional foods or medicinal plants would you like to see in the community garden? Are you interested in volunteering in the garden or having a plot in the garden to tend yourself? Please let us know and stay tuned for information on upcoming gardening classes!
Thank you for your time. Please if you don’t have any positive energy to give to this project, we ask that you respectfully withhold your comments.
Angie Boone- GHWIC Project Coordinator
Experience gained over the years through organic farming, viticulture, beekeeping and permaculture design has cultivated Angie’s passion for regenerative land management, food sovereignty, herbalism, holistic health and nutrition. She is excited to be a part of the Pinoleville Pomo Nation Wellness Center team in a role that draws from these passions.
In April 2020, she received training through Emory University’s Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center to serve as a Lifestyle Coach and helped the Wellness Center develop Pinoleville Pomo Nation’s Diabetes Prevention Program. She is humbled and honored to help others on their health journeys through this program and many other class offerings focused on empowering the community through healthy lifestyle changes and reconnection with our bodies and nature.
Monica Horse- Community Health Representative
Monica is Pinoleville Pomo Nation’s Community Health Representative (CHR). Being a CHR has been a passion of hers since she was a young girl because she loves helping others. As a CHR, Monica helps overcome health disparities in our Native communities by providing health care at home visits, transportation to medical appointments, medication delivery, health education, and promotion of health services available to our Native communities. She is often in and out of the office, serving our community with patient transports.
In March 2021, she received her Lifestyle Coach certification through Emory University to assist in Pinoleville Pomo Nation’s Diabetes Prevention Program. She is very grateful for her job and would like to say Yahwee to Pinoleville Pomo Nation for this opportunity to grow.
Sharon Stewart – Registered Dietitian
Sharon is a dietitian by trade, a nurturing alpha female at heart. Sharon believes food is medicine, and it is her life passion to show how food can profoundly transform one’s health and quality of life. Integrating her nutrition knowledge with the wisdom of traditional foods is her honor and privilege.
Sharon is one of our Lifestyle Coaches with the Pinoleville’s Diabetes Prevention Program. She offers Nutritionist is IN, an opportunity for tribal citizens to ask nutrition questions and receive support outside of the DPP program. She loves to cook and share her food preparation knowledge through the Plates of Love lunches offered in the Wellness Center.