Sarah Martin joins HealthCorps as Senior Director of Programs
New York – October 23, 2019– HealthCorps® (www.healthcorps.org), a national non-profit with innovative approaches to help teens grow mentally strong and physically fit, is proud to announce Sarah Martin as Senior Director of Programs. As Senior Director of Programs, Sarah will oversee HealthCorps Living Labs and HealthCorps University (HCU).
Across the nation, HealthCorps currently maintains a network of 55 sites called Living Labs. Through the program, a full-time Coordinator – a recent college graduate with a passion for health and wellness, is embedded in a high-need high school to mentor hundreds of students, teach health-related workshops, and promote a variety of during and after school activities. Sarah will oversee all elements of those activities.
Ms. Martin will also direct HCU, the organization’s professional development program offered to schools and community organizations interested in providing a health and wellness curriculum to the youth they serve.
Ms. Martin received her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California and her Master’s in Public Health from NYU. She began her career managing clinical development and research in the pharmaceutical industry, leading multi-national clinical research trials for numerous high-profile products.
After a decade in commercial research, Ms. Martin shifted her focus toward behavioral science, conducting research and developing interventions focused on school-based health and wellness programming. She has worked on multiple NIH funded grant teams in both academia and the non-profit sectors and her expertise in school-based health and wellness programming have been featured in several publications and presentations, many of which include HealthCorps.
“Sarah brings a unique perspective to this position,” said Michelle Bouchard, president of HealthCorps. “Having worked with our organization through her research, Sarah understands the nuances of our program. Her knowledge of school-based public health will have a lasting impact on your programming. Sarah is a tremendous asset to the future growth of HealthCorps.”
Most recently, Ms. Martin’s research was published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Obesity –Personalizing the Dietary Guidelines: use of a feedback report to help adolescent students plan health behaviors using a SMART goal approach. In this study, she utilized 12 HealthCorps high schools and students.
“I am thrilled with my new role as Senior Director of Education,” said Ms. Martin “During the 5 years working with HealthCorps in development and evaluation of the HealthyMe Journey Curriculum, I have developed a deep respect for the HeatlhCrops program and an appreciation for the people that make up the organization. I am excited to be part of building the next generation of HealthCorps as we continue to evolve with the communities we serve.”
HealthCorps is a 501 (c)(3) founded in 2003 that works in high need high schools to give teens tools to improve physical and mental health so they can learn to live more productive and happier lives. The organization has impacted 2.5 million students and educators since then. HealthCorps has a network of 324 schools and school sites across 23 states that it has worked in through its Living Lab and educator training program.