Sonja Schriever, RN
Idaho, At Large Director
Sonja Schriever, RN, is the Chief for the Bureau of Community and Environmental Health (BCEH) in the Division of Public Health at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Sonja provides oversight, leadership, and direction to 37 staff members in three sections, including: a Chronic Disease Section (diabetes, heart disease and stroke, oral health, physical activity, and nutrition); a Risk Reduction and Prevention Section (drug overdose prevention, tobacco prevention, and control, sexual violence prevention, and senior fall prevention); and a Cancer and Environmental Health Section (breast and cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, comprehensive cancer control, toxicology, and indoor air quality).
Sonja has more than 27 years of public health experience at the state and local level with progressively increasing leadership responsibilities. She serves on the Division of Public Health Management Team, which provides high-level direction for the Division, including strategic planning, quality improvement, business planning, health assessments, accreditation, future direction, and legislation. The Division was recognized by the Public Health Accreditation Board in 2017, which was the culmination of a three-year accreditation process that Sonja was instrumental in moving forward.
Sonja believes solid relationships are paramount to achieving positive public health outcomes and has built collaborative relationships with federal, state, and local partners, businesses, nonprofits, and governmental agencies. Relationships also are a focus of Sonja's as she advances the Division's priority of developing and retaining a skilled and engaged workforce.
Sonja has served on several councils, boards, and committees and currently serves on the Health Vision Council for United Way of the Treasure Valley. She has a degree from Oregon State University in Health Education and a degree from Lewis Clark State College in Nursing. Sonja has two grown children, three grand-puppies, and enjoys the many activities that living in Idaho provides.