Sonia Sarkar

Sonia Sarkar
Location: Baltimore, Maryland Cohort Start Year: 2017 Project Topics: Behavioral and Mental Health, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Populations Served: African-American/Black, Children and Families, Low-Income Communities, Urban Communities
DrPH Candidate
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

By focusing on medicine instead of health, our current health care system fails to incorporate the realities of patients’ lives into their care: where they live, how they move, what they eat. Although we know these social factors have a huge impact on health outcomes, our resources are dramatically skewed toward treatment rather than the upstream services that can prevent disease. To build a Culture of Health, we must shift our economic and political investments from clinical care to the social net that enables well-being.

I am an accidental poet, a public health evangelist, and a big believer in questioning existing processes via humor and respectful irreverence. Having worked across the nonprofit, government, and private sectors, I have great conviction that achieving health starts by acknowledging the systems, policies, and practices that have led to poor health outcomes in our country—and all of our respective roles in perpetuating that status quo.

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