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Martin named Interim Health Director for Caldwell County Health Department

LENOIR, NC (November 2, 2018) — Anna Martin, MPH, has been named Interim Health Director for the Caldwell County Health Department, after the current director Joshua Swift announced he was leaving to take another position in Forsyth County.

Martin has served as Public Health Public Information Officer, Health Education Supervisor and currently Assistant Health Director for the Health Department.

“I am excited and blessed to be appointed as Interim Health Director for this timeframe as we seek a Health Director,” says Martin. “We have a phenomenal team of staff and I am looking forward to what the future holds for Caldwell County Health Department.”

Before coming to Caldwell County, Martin served as the Youth Tobacco Prevention Coordinator in Wilkes County for the Health and Wellness Trust Fund Grant, which ended in June 2012. In October 2012, she became the Youth Tobacco Prevention Coordinator for a grant position for Appalachian District Health Department, working regionally towards tobacco prevention. She came to the Caldwell County Health Department as Health Educator in May of 2013.

During her five plus years in Caldwell County, Martin co-chaired Project Lazarus and Safe Kids; led committees such as the Maternal Child Health-Community Action Team, Joint Information Center (JIC) and conducted various presentations to the community including the Caldwell County Board of Health and the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners.

She is a member of the North Carolina Public Health Association (NCPHA) and past member of North Carolina Society of Health Educators (NCSOPHE). In October 2015, Martin received the Grace Daniels Promising New Health Educator Award from NCSOPHE.

Martin earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Promotion from Appalachian State University in May of 2010. She completed her Master’s Degree in Public Health with a concentration in Nutrition from Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Virginia in December of 2015.

Originally from Wilkes County, Martin currently lives in Hickory and attends New Hope Baptist Church in Purlear, NC.

She is training to run a fundraising half-marathon in April 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee, in support of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.