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Purdue Extension Community Wellness  

Coordinator Begins Work in Ohio County 

The Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program (NEP) has hired Jessica Martini as the  

Community Wellness Coordinator for Ohio County. 

Community Wellness Coordinators improve nutrition and health in limited-resource  

communities statewide by concentrating on NEP’s five focus areas: diet quality, physical  

activity, food security, foodsafety and food resource management.  

One of Martini’s primary goals is to make the healthy choice the easy choice for Ohio County  

residents. She’ll begin by assessing the community’s needs, networking and building  

relationships. She will then work with community partners to help develop programs and initiatives that address those needs. Martini will be involved in a variety of initiatives that could include anything from school and worksite wellness to farmers markets and local health coalitions.  

“Jess is going to do great things as the Community Wellness Coordinator for Ohio County,” said Shannon Chipman, Purdue Extension – Ohio County Director. “Ohio County has the opportunity to set the bar for healthy living in small communities, and Jess will be the resource to make this happen through her knowledge and ambition to help Ohio County grow and change into a healthy, physically active and thriving community. Jess’s roots run deep in Ohio County and Purdue Extension Ohio County is excited to see the impact that she will make.”

As a lifelong resident of Ohio County and 2017 graduate of Rising Sun High School, Martini is excited to serve her local community in this new capacity.

Martini has a background in public health and has extensive experience working with rural communities. Prior to accepting this new role, she previously served as the Health and Human Sciences and 4-H Youth Development Educator for Purdue Extension Jefferson County. Martini also served as the Summer Assistant for Purdue Extension Ohio County in 2018 and 2019.

Martini holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Health Education and Promotion from the University of Indianapolis and is currently working toward a Masters of Business Administration degree from Purdue University Global.  



The Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program (NEP) improves nutrition and health in  

communities statewide. We work with limited-resource audiences in five areas: diet quality,  

physical activity, food security, food safety and food resource management. To learn more, visit  

the NEP website at  

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