Soni Pitts

Research Associate, Health Policy Initiative

Contact Information

  • spitts@unca.edu

Soni Pitts joined the Health Policy Initiative of the NC Center for Health and Wellness in July 2022 as a Research Associate. The Health Policy Initiative gathers together health policy experts, community health leaders, and content experts from across the country to discuss some of the most challenging issues related to improving the health of Western North Carolinians. The initiative was formed to function as a convener of and conduit for information, resources, and coalition-building between policy makers, regional public health, and healthcare leadership. 

Soni is an alumn of UNC Asheville with a degree in Health and Wellness Promotion and a minor in mathematics/statistical analysis. While at UNC Asheville, Soni helped found and successfully establish the Food Equity Initiative, a program designed to address food insecurity within the campus community. Prior to coming to UNC Asheville, Soni spent 10+ years working in communications, marketing, content and product development, and training/coaching in the fields of personal and professional development. 

In their current position, Soni provides administrative, research, content development, and communications support for the Health Policy Initiative, and other programs within the NCCHW.

Education

  • BA – Health and Wellness Promotion; B.S. –Math/Statistics, UNC Asheville - 2019

Research 

  • "Creating Healthy, Sustainable, and Deeply Affordable Communities: A Sustainability Action Plan for the Micro Home Village.” (BeLoved Asheville/BeLoved Village Project)
    • McCullough Fellowship, McCullough Institute, UNC Asheville, 2019 
  • “Beyond the Food Pantry: A Model for Effective Reduction of Food Insecurity Within PostSecondary Campus Communities.” 
  • “Biometric assessment of a workplace wellness fitness program.”  
    • Student Researcher, UNC Asheville Living Lab Project in partnership with Mission Health