• Welcome!

    Welcome to the Reede Scholars website. You may use this site to stay informed about health disparities programs and events from the federal level to those at the local level.

    The site is intended as a resource for alumni, community based organizations working toward improving the socioeconomic status and health of the underserved, and those interested in pursuing further training in minority health policy. Read More

  • Partner Programs

    We are pleased to present this opportunity to explore the world of health disparities and minority health policy through the connections and networks formed by the alumni of the Commonwealth Fund Fellowship, the California Endowment Scholars and the Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Policy Fellowship programs at Harvard Medical School.

    The website provides information regarding the three main programs, as well as other programs and events sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Community Partnership (DCP) at Harvard Medical School. Read More

  • Stay Connected

    In addition, you will find information regarding upcoming and professional activities, along with the continued accomplishments of fellowship alumni. We welcome you to use this site as a catalyst to change and a way to stay connected to others working on solving health disparities and giving a health policy voice to minorities.

    Our hope is that it will evolve, over time, into one of many powerful tools to improve the health of underserved populations across the country. Read More

Quality, Equity, Access


Thank you to all who attended the

Seventh Annual Reede Scholars Health Equity Symposium

June 01, 2016

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001

The objective of the Reede Scholars Annual Health Equity Symposium is to host a multidisciplinary forum to enlist diverse perspectives for creating strategies that promote health equity. This year, our theme was Capitalism and Health Equity: Friend or Foe?

Historically, capitalism and especially the wealth gap have been seen as roadblocks to the efforts to increase health care access to underserved and underinsured communities. However, recent trends have shown increases in social enterprise improving health care access and financial empowerment in many countries across the globe. With the advent of global technology, interest in entrepreneurial ventures has increased. Many large companies have tied consumer purchases directly to products or services being donated in underserved communities. The majority of these efforts focus on providing goods and services in developing nations and begs the question of whether similar endeavors would work to promote equity in poverty stricken regions in the US.

Our organization is committed to recognizing the needs of vulnerable populations. Addressing poverty as a social determinant of health is important in the bridging the gap between population health and clinical medicine.  Strategies to increase access typically involve reducing barriers to overcome financial deficits and less often empower the community to create wealth to hurdle over the barriers.  This year’s speakers discussed whether trending social enterprise is a viable consideration in the health equity discussion.