Our Mission

It is the mission of the Reede Scholars to engage and nurture a network of diverse leaders for collective action to achieve health equity.  We shall effect change through research, education, policy, practice, and charitable endeavors.


Our growing network of scholars seeks to achieve the following goals:

  1. Ensure high quality health care and public health services for all populations
  2. Enhance measurement and surveillance of targeted public health and health care goals in disadvantaged/vulnerable populations
  3. Develop, implement, and evaluate health policies that address social determinants of health and leading causes of morbidity and death
  4. Engage communities we serve through dialogue, education, and civic participation to advocate for improved health, community empowerment, and health equity
  5. Support endeavors to educate future Reede Scholars

The Reede Scholars are group of health care professionals including physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists and dentists who have completed a health policy fellowship program at Harvard University funded by the Commonwealth Fund, California Endowment, and the Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Program.

Scholars hold positions in key areas of health care services throughout the nation. Our interests have focused on improving health care for the various populations we serve, as well as addressing issues of social justice and social determinants of health. Without the generous funding by the Commonwealth Fund, The California Endowment and Delta Dental of Massachusetts, and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), this network of leaders would not have been possible.


The organization is named in honor of Dr. Joan Y Reede, founder of the Minority Health Policy Fellowship.

Our Name

The organization is named in honor of Dr. Joan Y Reede, founder of the Minority Health Policy Fellowship

The Reede Scholars have chosen to name their alumni organization after the creator and mentor of this program, Dr. Joan Y. Reede. A pioneer in efforts to improve the representation of ethnic minorities in health services careers, Dr. Reede has served as an inspiration for thousands of students seeking to make a difference in the health of their communities. The Reede Scholars hope to honor her work by continuing the legacy of achievement in minority health.