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Meet the 2015 Harvard InciteHealth Fellows

Sonia Sarkar

Sonia SarkarSarkar serves as Special Advisor to Health Leads, a national organization that envisions a healthcare system that addresses all patients’ basic resource needs as a standard part of quality care. She previously worked as Chief of Staff to the CEO of Health Leads. She holds B.A. degrees in public health and international studies from Johns Hopkins University and an MPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

What do you plan to focus on during your fellowship this year?

“As someone who focuses primarily on the social determinants that impact health, I am looking forward to diving into the world of healthcare costs and patient-doctor communications, both through learning from the experience of my co-fellows as well as deploying user-centered design thinking. Healthcare is such a complex and interlinked system, and every individual situation is different – the fellowship provides the perfect forum to understand how a combination of high-level factors combine to result in a particular primary care experience for a particular patient.”

What’s the most exciting part of being granted this fellowship?

“The most exciting part of being granted this fellowship is the opportunity to reach beyond the “buzz” of healthcare technology and really focus on primary care challenges and solutions that lie at the heart of patient experience and care delivery. At a time when much of the healthcare innovation conversation is focused on wearable devices and apps, the InciteHealth Fellowship is providing unique, supportive space for a diverse group of thinkers and doers to come together and focus on how we can move past simply delivering medical care to enabling health.”

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Jenni Whalen

Jenni Whalen

    Jenni Whalen is the Executive Assistant of Editorial at Upworthy. She was previously MedTech Boston's Managing Editor and has an MS in Journalism from Boston University, as well as a BA in Psychology from Bucknell University. Whalen has written for Greatist, Boston magazine, AZ Central Healthy Living and the New England Journal of Medicine, among other places. She has also worked as a conference planner, ghost writer, researcher and content developer.

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