Joan Reede

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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. 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 dozen years, Dr. Reede has created and developed 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.