As a University of Illinois Extension community health educator, Sophia Ottomanelli aspires to use researched-based education to improve health outcomes for Cook County residents. Sophia educates the public about substance use and its potentially harmful consequences. She passionately advocates for reducing the stigma surrounding use and policy changes that positively impact the lives of those affected by substance use.
As a dedicated health educator, Sophia provides tools and resources to improve mental health, is committed to advancing overall health equity in Cook County, and works directly with organizations and community residents to tailor education programs to meet their needs.
Sophia earned her Master of Public Health degree from Loyola University Chicago with a focus on health policy and management. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Law, Politics & Society, and Sociology from Drake University.
Before Extension, Sophia worked as a substance use coordinator with the Kane County Health Department. In this position, she collaborated with various county organizations to provide life-saving naloxone and education on preventing fatal opioid overdoses.