Sonia Sarkar serves as Chief of Staff to the CEO of Health Leads, a national nonprofit that connects patients to the basic resources they need to be healthy. In her role, she oversees all of the CEO's internal and external initiatives and represents the organization externally. As an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University, she co-founded and served as campus coordinator for Health Leads' Baltimore site, as well as a student member of the organization's national Board of Directors. Sonia also co-developed the university's first undergraduate course on Urban Health and Advocacy and participated in efforts to expand Medicaid legislation in Maryland. A 2008 Truman Scholar and Member of the USA Today All-Academic Team, Sonia has worked as a Mayoral Fellow with the Baltimore City Health Department, where she studied the effects of inadequate housing on health outcomes in urban neighborhoods. In 2009, she was named South Asian Americans Leading Together's South Asian ChangeMaker of the Year, and received a Rotary Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarship to conduct work with local paramedic teams in San Jose, Costa Rica. Sonia is a BoardSource Judith O'Connor Emerging Nonprofit Leader, and served as a founding board member for the Boston Young Healthcare Professionals as well as the Healthworks Foundation Young Professionals Board. She is also a member of the Sandbox Network as well as a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper. She holds B.A. degrees in public health and international studies, as well as an MPH, from Johns Hopkins. Sonia is a published poet, and her pieces have appeared in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the American Journal of Nursing, the Yale Humanitiies in Medicine Review, and the Broken Circles Anthology, among others. [+]
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