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    Joan Y. Reede, M.D., MPH, MS

    Appointed as the first Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership in January 2002, Joan Y. Reede is responsible for the development and management of a comprehensive program that provides leadership, guidance, and support to promote the increased recruitment, retention and advancement of under-represented minority faculty at Harvard Medical School (HMS). This charge includes oversight of all diversity activities at HMS as they relate to faculty, trainees, students, and staff. Dr. Reede is director of the Minority Faculty Development Program and faculty director of Community Outreach Programs at Harvard Medical School. In addition, she holds the appointments of associate professor of medicine at HMS, associate professor of society, human development and health at the Harvard School of Public Health, and assistant in health policy at Massachusetts General Hospital. Prior to coming to HMS in 1989, Dr. Reede served as the medical director for a Boston community health center and for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Youth Services.  Dr. Reede has worked as a pediatrician in community and academic health centers, juvenile prisons, and public schools. The impact of Dr. Reede's work is reflected in the numerous programs she has created to benefit minority students, residents, scientists, and physicians.  Over the past fifteen years, Dr. Reede has created and developed more than 16 programs at HMS that aim to address pipeline and leadership issues for minorities and women who are interested in careers in medicine, academic and scientific research, and the healthcare professions. Supported by a dedicated staff, she has developed mentoring programs for under-represented minority students from the middle school through the graduate and medical school levels. Dr. Reede has also designed a training program for middle and high school teachers, developed science curricula for public schools, implemented research and exchange clerkship programs at HMS, and designed and implemented two innovative fellowships in minority health policy for physicians, dentists and doctoral- level mental health professionals. In addition, Dr. Reede founded the Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP) in collaboration with the Massachusetts Medical Society and the New England Board of Higher Education. BSCP is a collaborative, community-based organization involving academia, private industry, medical centers, public education, and professional societies. This organization is designed to identify, support and provide mentoring for under-represented minority students, trainees, and professionals pursuing biomedical careers. 
    In recognition of her far-reaching accomplishments, Dr. Reede has received numerous awards, including the following four. In 1986, she received the Boston NAACP Health Award for contributions to the health of the Boston minority community. Dr. Reede was awarded the 1993 Community Service Award from the Epilepsy Association of Massachusetts in recognition of her work on a live, five-part satellite series on neuroscience for high school teachers in New England. In 1996, she received the American Association of University Administrators Exemplary Models of Administrative Leadership Award. Two years later, in 1998, Dr. Reede was named a Center for Disease Control and Prevention/University of California Public Health Leadership Institute Scholar. In 2005, Dr. Reede received the Herbert W. Nickens Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine and the Herbert W. Nickens Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges.  She has also recently received the Academic Leadership in Primary Care Award from Morehouse School of Medicine. In 2006, she was recognized by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of “the top 25 minority executives in healthcare” and by Ebony magazine in their annual women’s health section as one of six “medical movers and shakers”.
    On the national level, Dr. Reede  was appointed to the Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Minority Health by Donna E. Shalala, former Secretary of Health and Human Services, and has served on the Board of Governors for the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center, the National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Council of the National Institutes of Health, the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society, and as a Commissioner of The Sullivan Commission on Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce. Dr. Reede currently serves on the on the Secretary’s Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health and on the Sullivan Alliance to Transform America’s Health Professions. Locally, Dr. Reede was appointed by former Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift to the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Technology Park Corporation.
    A graduate of Brown University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Reede completed her pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and a child psychiatry fellowship at Children's Hospital in Boston. She also holds an MPH and an MS in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health. 


    The Changing Demographics of the Physician Workforce

    Presentation Date

    May 23, 2007

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