Clinical Interviewer and Research Assistant

Sonja’s background is primarily in refugee resettlement.  She managed the Matching Grant program at both state and national levels and evaluated the Matching Grant and United States Refugee Program (USRP) grants in offices throughout the U.S..  Sonja has an M.A. in Intercultural Studies and is pursuing a Master’s of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota. Throughout school, she worked on a study assessing risk and resiliency in children, assisted in establishing CDC mandated protocols for the Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) for perinatal HIV prevention in Minnesota, and participated in multiple grant reviews at the state level.   Her interests include refugee mental health, maternal/child health, generational and historical trauma, and reproductive health. Sonja spends most of her time on the Healing Hearts, Creating Hope project at CVT.



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