The purpose of the seminar series is to develop the fellows' leadership skills by exposing them to the key leaders from both private and public sectors. The series focuses on public health practice and public policy, with a specific focus on minority health policy.

The seminar series is offered as a course within the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences entitled “Leadership in Minority Health Policy” (SBS 296) in the fall and “Issues in Minority Health Policy” (SBS 298) in the spring. The participants include the fellows, and students from the Harvard School of Public Health.

The sessions explore the public policy issues impacting the health status of minority and disadvantaged populations, with special emphasis on problem identification, policy formation, and development of leadership skills in the area of public health practice and policy. The Fellows and other attendees engage with both faculty members at Harvard and key minority health policy leaders from the public and private sectors. A major focus is to provide the participants with a variety of leadership styles, and career development strategies.

Topics and Schedule

Fall of 2015

September 8 and September 15

Racial and Ethnic Health and Health Care Disparities and Dysfunction: Historical and Contemporary Issues : Part 1 (9/8) and Part 2 (9/15)

W. Michael Byrd, MD, MPH
Director, Institute for Optimizing Health and Health Care (IOHHC);
Health Policy Analyst and Researcher, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health;
Clinical Instructor, and Staff Physician, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School

Linda Clayton, MD, MPH
Senior Associate Medical Director, Office of Medicaid/MassHealth;
Co-Director, Institute for Optimizing Health and Health Care;
Health Policy Analyst and Researcher, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Clinical Instructor and Staff Physician, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School

September 22

The Role of a Local Health Department in Addressing Health Disparities

Claude-Alix Jacob, MPH
Chief Public Health Officer
Cambridge Public Health Department

September 29

Community Health and the Dimock Center: a Comprehensive Model of Care

Myechia Minter-Jordan, MD, MBA
President & CEO, The Dimock Center

October 6

Working at the Nexus of Health Care and Public Health: a Career in the Making

Lauren Smith, MD, MPH
Senior Strategic Advisor, National Institute for Children’s Health Quality

October 13

Increasing the Supply of Minority Physicians – Will it Lead to Increases in Quality of Care, Access and Health Status Among Minorities?

Stephen Keith, MD, MSPH
CEO, Optima Health, Inc.;
Chief Business Development and Medical Officer, Evanston Technology Partners

October 20

Student midterm presentations

October 27

Student midterm presentations

November 3

Leadership, Primary Care, and the Underserved

Kameron Matthews, MD, JD
Chief Medical Officer, Mile Square Health Center;
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System

November 10

Designing Ethical Health Systems

James Corbett, M.Div., JD
Senior VP, Community Health & Values Integration,
Centura Health

November 17

Oral Health in a Disruptive Health Care Economy

Fay Donohue, MA, MBA
Board Chair, National Institute for Children's Health Quality;
Board Member, BMCHP;
Former CEO, DentaQuest

November 24

Developing Your Personal Career Strategy

Joan Y. Reede, MD, MPH, MBA
Dean for Diversity & Community Partnership,
Harvard Medical School

December 1

Race & Language in Healthcare: the Impact on Quality of Care

Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH
Deputy Director
The Disparities Solutions Center
Massachusetts General Hospital

December 8

Leadership: Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes

Chester Douglass, DMD, MPH, PhD
Professor of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology, Emeritus
Harvard School of Dental Medicine

December 15

Getting the Most Out of Your Career—and Your Life

Jim Ziglar, JD
Former Commissioner|
Immigration & Naturalization Service

Spring of 2016

January 26

Addressing Socio-Determinants of Health with Dental Care

Peggy Timothé, DDS, MPH
Director, Office of Diversity Inclusion
Senior Tutor, Holmes Society
Harvard School of Dental Medicine

February 2

American Indian Health Policy

Donald Warne, MD, MPH
Director, Master of Public Health Program,
Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Mary J. Berg Distinguished Professor in Women's Health,
North Dakota State University

February 9

Leading Community Change through Federal Policy

A. Seiji Hayashi, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Executive Vice President for Transformation and Innovation,
Unity Health Care, Inc.


Policy, Health Equity, and the Role of Health Systems

Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee, MD, MPH
Vice President of Care Excellence, Ascension Health

February 23

Reflections from the Streets of Boston

James J. O’Connell, MD
President, Boston Health Care for the Homeless

March 1

The Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare): Opportunities to Improve Health Equity

Meredith Rosenthal, PhD
Professor of Health Economics and Policy,
Associate Dean for Diversity, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

March 8

Student Team Midterm Presentations

March 15

Spring Break—No Class

March 22

Achieving Health Equity for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People

Harvey J. Makadon, MD
Director, National LGBT Health Education Center;
The Fenway Institute | Fenway Health

March 29

Defining a Role for Hospitals and Health Care Systems in Addressing Cancer Disparities

Kim Rhoads, MD, MPH, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery;
Director Community Partnership Program,
Stanford Cancer Institutes,
Stanford University School of Medicine

April 5

Moving to Opportunity: Health Effects of a Neighborhood Relocation Experiment

Felton Earls, MD
Research Professor of Human Behavior and Development,
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health;
Professor of Social Medicine, Emeritus,
Harvard Medical School

April 19

Implications of Cultural Competency for Health Services Research and Policy

Alexander Green, MD, MPH
Arnold P. Gold Associate Professor of Humanism in Medicine,
Harvard Medical School

April 26

Health Care Civil Rights for Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Joel Teitelbaum, JD, LLM
Associate Professor of Health Policy and of Law;
Director, Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program;
Co-Director, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership,
The George Washington University

May 3

Student Team Final Presentations

May 10

The Time is Now: Tackling Racial & Ethnic Disparities in Mental and Behavioral Health Services in Massachusetts

Margarita Alegria, PhD
Director, Disparities Research Unit
Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital