Health Education Specialist joins Georgia CORE team

In March, Georgia CORE welcomed Monique Martin as Health Education Specialist. Only a year after earning her master’s degree in public health from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Monique joined the Georgia CORE team to manage communication and education efforts for a program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention entitled, "Georgia Breast Cancer Genomics Health Education, Surveillance, and Policy.” Granted to the Georgia Department of Public Health in 2011, the Department has partnered with Georgia CORE to implement the program in collaboration with Emory University, the Morehouse School of Medicine and Georgia State University.

“The ultimate goal of the Breast Cancer Genomics ESP program is to reduce the cancer burden in women with a high risk of hereditary cancer and to increase awareness about the condition among the general population,” said Monique. She said she spends a majority of her time creating educational materials that are culturally relevant and appropriate. “As health care professionals, we are sharing frightening and often confusing information,” she said. “When communicating with high-risk, under-served, and non-English speaking populations, it’s important to understand that the information can be even more confusing,” she said.

At recent community events including the 23rd Komen Race for the Cure and the 5K Latino Health Walk, Georgia CORE provided information on hereditary cancer to more than 500 individuals. For more information on the Breast Cancer Genomics ESP program, please contact Monique Martin at mmartin@georgiacore.org or (404) 584-5640.