Sonja Tutsch named SHPEP program manager
Tutsch has worked in the Rural Health Education Network in the College of Public Health for the past 11 years. Her duties have included accounting support, educational outreach, supporting research activities, growing diversity and managing student educational pipeline programs.
Tutsch also is principal investigator of a Rural Futures Teaching and Engagement Award. The collaborative and interdisciplinary mental health forum series is in its last round of implementation at Wayne State College, with plans for traveling to Peru State College next spring.
A first generation American and first in her family to go to college, Tutsch earned her master's degree in public health from UNMC in 2012 and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in health promotion disease prevention. Her research interests focus around resilience and promotion of mental health and well-being among socioeconomically disadvantaged youth.
With 90 students in its program, UNMC has the largest enrollment among the 12 SHPEP sites nationally, Tutsch said. Other universities serving as SHPEP sites include Columbia, UCLA, Florida, Iowa and Washington.