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Sonia Haynes, BSW, MEd

Grant Technical Representative

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control

Washington, DC 20708



Sonia D. Haynes recently accepted a position with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, DC as a Grant Technical Representative (GTR) in the Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control (OHHLHC). As a GTR, she is the primary point of contact to provide information and guidance to grant recipients to properly manage grant assistance agreements.


Prior to her new position with HUD, Sonia was employed for more than 15 years with the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health.


With a background in Social Work, Sonia initially began her work with the Department of Public Health as a Community Development Specialist in the Office of Maternal Child and Family Health where she organized community programs to provide services to low-income pregnant and/or parenting women in the Healthy Start Program. She then moved on to a position as a Public Health Program Analyst Supervisor where she evaluated and monitored city-funded maternal and child health programs.


Most of her tenure with the Health Department was within the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program where she served as Program Manager for their successful Healthy Homes for Childcare Program (HHCC). Sonia provided contractual oversight, management and administration of HHCC, a program to improve the environmental health and safety conditions in home-based childcare. The success of HHCC has allowed her to present information about the project to national audiences, including those at the National Nursing Consortium’s Annual Conference; the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference; the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Exposition; the National Mid-Year Conference on Eliminating Childhood Lead Poisoning, Implementing Healthy Homes Programs and Combating Indoor Environmental Hazards; the National Association of Family Child Care Annual Conference and a HUD’s OHHLHC Program Manager’s School.


She’s a recipient of the 2010 Jesse S. Heiges Distinguished Alumnus Award from Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA, recognized for her distinguished and outstanding achievements in her field to benefit the community and society.


Sonia was also awarded the S.T.A.R. (Science Translated to Action and Results) Award from City Match-The Data Institute for her team project, “Reducing Infant Sleeping Hazards”, A Project to Evaluate Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) and the Presumed Causes as They Relate to Co-Sleeping for the Creation of Targeted Interventions & Public Awareness Messages”.


Sonia is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Drexel University School of Public Health and an advisory member of the Black Child Development Institute, Philadelphia Chapter.


She earned a Bachelor‘s degree in Social Welfare from Shippensburg University, where she currently serves on their Alumni Board of Directors, and a Master of Education degree from Temple University.


Leadership Development Opportunities

It has been an honor and privilege to have been selected to participate in Cohort VII with the Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute. The experience has not only been professionally rewarding, but personally enriching.


The resources made available to me, the information shared by the staff, trainers and speakers, the assignments, exercises and activities, along with the mutual shared knowledge of my co- Fellows, have been invaluable.


The self-assessments were “eye-openers” that allowed me to take another look at areas where I would like to develop more and encouraged me to take steps towards improvement. Receiving the results of the Skillscope and MBTI allowed me to identify leadership skills to better develop. I would like to especially thank my coach, Donna Dinkin for her support and advice in developing my Individual Development Plan.


I appreciate the opportunities EPHLI has given me to work with people throughout the United States who are involved in on so many interesting and exciting public health projects.


Special thanks to my mentor, Wade Sparkman for his advice, support and encouragement. I’d also like to say special thanks to EPHLI’s Sarah Weiner and my fellow team members, Maurice Redmond, Basil Safi and Cameron Wiggins for their support as they bared with me while I transitioned from my job with the Philadelphia Health Department followed by my move to the Washington, DC area to begin working at HUD.