Wellness Center

Pinoleville Pomo Nation
 Wellness Center

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.


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.  


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.

  • DPP Qualifications:
    • A BMI of 25 and one of the following:
    • A history of gestational diabetes
    • An A1C of 5.7-6.4
    • A risk test score of 5 or higher (take the risk test  to learn your score)

Registration Form

Class Schedules:

  • Cohort 1: August 2020 – August 2021
  • Cohort 2: March 2021 – March 2022
  • Cohort 3: TBD

The PPN’s Wellness Department collaborates with many other PPN departments to nurture a community garden with more than 50 raised beds that includes vegetables, fruit, herbs, and traditional and medicinal plants. Through this shared space for food and medicine production we strive to empower our community through better relationship with food and nature. We offer gardening workshops and garden cooking class using fresh produce from the garden, and are also able to share produce with community members as each season and harvest allows.

Contact Us

Wellness Center
500b Pinoleville Drive
Ukiah, CA 95482