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Meet Your Health & Human Sciences Extension Educator

Tonya Short

Tonya Short MPH, CHES

Field Extension
Lead Health & Human Sciences Educator
4259 N. Purdue Rd., Vincennes, IN 47591

Tonya Short is the Health & Human Sciences Educator for Purdue Extension - Knox County. Tonya holds a Bachelors in Family and Consumer Sciences - Dietetics and a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Behavioral Science and Health Education. She is a certified health education specialist and certified intuitive eating counselor and a certified Audlt Mental Health First Aid instructor.

Tonya provides leadership to the Purdue Extension Food and Nutrition Specialty team including food safety programs such as ServSafe, home food preservation, and home-based vendor laws and the myth-busting nutrition podcast Bite By Bite: Nutrition For Life which can be found on your favorite listening platform. Outside of the nutrition realm, Tonya routinely offers Mental Health First Aid, and is able to bring Purdue Extension Community Development programs to Knox County, such as Purdue Extension's Community Leadership Program thanks to a partnership with Knox County Chamber of Commerce.

Purdue Extension exists to support communities at the grass-roots level by seeking to address needs brought forth by the community. This is accomplished through partnerships with Purdue University campus staff and faculty, through our network of Purdue Extension experts across the state, and most importantly, through partnerships in our local communities that allow us to combine resources (money, time, knowledge, etc.) for the benefit of the community we serve.


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