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APHA 2019, Philadelphia, PA

Above 1: Mary E Fleming, Ross Jones, Kimberly Chang, Kamillah Wood, Anthony Chen, Robert Marlin

President's Corner

Greetings Scholars and Friends. Happy New Year! As we embark on a new year and a new decade, I look forward to the continued accomplishments of the Reede Scholars and our commitment to improving health equity for the communities that we serve.

We recently launched a new initiative, Reede Scholars Live! Our podcast was developed to highlight both Scholars and non-Scholars who are innovating the conversation around health equity.

Our first guest, Piia Hanson, discussed her trajectory in public health and how she has negotiated multiple governmental positions. Our second guest, Darrell Gray, a fellow Reede Scholar discussed health equity specifically as it relates to men's health.

We are of course looking forward to our annual Leadership Retreat this March where we will continue to work on the strategic planning of the organization before convening our 11th Annual Health Equity Symposium, entitled, “Digital Health technologies: opportunities & protections for vulnerable populations.”

2020 Reede Scholars

Leadership Retreat

The 2020 Reede Scholars Leadership Retreat will be held March 27-29, 2020 at the Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel. All Reede Scholars are encouraged to attend and participate in outlining the strategic path of our organization. Members of the Board are especially needed.

The Executive Summary of the 2019 Leadership Retreat has been distributed to the membership. Much appreciation is extended to all the Scholars who attended previous Retreats.

“We have made significant progress in shaping the organization”, stated Mary Fleming, Reede Scholars President. She added that the organization can now provide air travel this year along with the usual room and expenses provided in the past. Please RSVP by February 21, 2020.


  1. President’s Corner
  2. Reede Scholars, Leadership Retreat
  3. Patrik Johannson receives HAA award
  4. Judy Steinburg appointed chief medical officer
  5. Keila Lopez awarded for mentorship
  6. Reede Scholars as Overseers
  7. Felicia Collins promoted to Rear Admiral
  8. 11th Annual Health Equity Symposium
  9. Opportunities
  10. Health Policy Brief

Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) recognizes, 

Patrik Johansson

Johansson of Omaha, Nebraska, is a passionate proponent of Harvard’s Native American outreach and a tireless advocate for rural and minority health care access. Beginning as an HAA elected director in 2006, he has worn many hats in his service to Harvard, including nine years on the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Alumni Council and eight years on the board of the Harvard Club of Sweden. Of African American, Cherokee, and Swedish descent, he devoted countless hours to the most vulnerable as a student and faculty member, completing the Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy and serving as an instructor of social medicine at Harvard Medical School. He was integral in ensuring the representation of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, the Nipmuc Nation, and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah in ceremonies commemorating the 350th anniversary of the Harvard Indian College. He also facilitated the introduction of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Health Advisory Committee and petitioned for the conferral of a posthumous degree upon Joel Iacoomes, Class of 1665, one of the first Native Americans to matriculate at Harvard. For his unwavering dedication to the well-being of underserved communities, Johansson was recognized with the Medical and Dental School Deans’ Community Service Award, the Dr. Fang-Ching Sun Memorial Award, and the Albert Schweitzer Award. Johansson is a consultant for Wabanaki Public Health, a Tribal-serving public health district in the state of Maine


Dr. Judy Steinberg Appointed Chief Medical Officer in the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy

Dr. Beckham, Director, Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health Health and Human Services recently announced Dr. Steinberg is on Detail from the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC), a part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), where she serves as their Chief Medical Officer. In her role as CMO at OIDP, she will be working to provide medical advice/consultation/expertise across every facet of the Office.  

Dr. Steinberg brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to this role. As CMO for BPHC, Dr. Steinberg oversees the clinical focus and content of the health center program and its policies. Dr. Steinberg is also an associate professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School. Dr. Steinberg has more than 25 years of experience in primary care and infectious disease, including caring for patients at community health centers in Boston.  In addition, in her former role at UMass Medical School, she provided clinical expertise and leadership in the design and implementation of new care delivery and value-based payment models.

Quoted from Dr. Tammy Beckham, Director, Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy

Dr. Keila Lopez Awarded 2019 

Research Mentorship Award

"It is always a very special privilege to see the development of outstanding professionals. I take particular notice when the "real stuff" or what is more formally referred to as Academic Currency is achieved by these special individuals," stated Reede Scholar Mallory Williams. 

Dr. Keila Lopez was awarded the 2019 Research Mentorship Award by the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. This is inspiring, as it affirms that an intelligent female scholar's intellectual work is celebrated and her teaching excellence is judged as meritorious. 

Keila is a 2008 graduate of the Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard University .

Congratulations Keila!


California hiring Deputy Director, Office of Heath Equity APPLY by 2/24/2020

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Leadership Retreat, March 27-29, 2020
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Health Equity Symposium &
  • Annual Business Meeting May 7, 2020
  • Boston, MA
  • Academy Health, June 13-16, 2020, Boston, MA
  • National Dental Association, July 9-12, 2020, New Orleans, LA
  • National Medical Association, August 1-5, 2020, Atlanta GA

Editor/writer: M. Fleming & C. Hodge

Reede Scholars Attend Harvard’s Board of Overseers

Pictured above with Harvard University President Lawrence Bacow at a recent meeting, two Reede Scholars currently serve on Harvard’s Board of Overseers. Dr. Alice Chen was elected in 2019 and Dr. Yvette Roubideaux was elected in 2018.

Reede Scholar Felicia Collins promoted to Rear Admiral

Reede Scholar Felicia Collins, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health in the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, has been promoted to Rear Admiral (O-7) in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S Public Health Service (USPHS).

For those who may not be familiar with USPHS promotions and ranks, this is a BIG DEAL—only achieved by a tiny percentage of USPHS officers. Rear Admiral Collins is a 1999 graduate of the Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard University

The Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, recently announced that, CAPT Felicia Collins, MD, MPH, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, Director, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, will headline a webinar: Assessing Culturally Appropriate Treatment in Communities of Color: Role of Providers to Improve Quality of Care for Opioid Use Disorder, January 28, 12- 1:00 pm ET. Registration is required. The webinar is eligible for 1 hour CHES and 1 hour CME.

Congratulations, Felicia!

The Reede Scholars, Inc. 

11th Annual Health Equity Symposium

“Digital Health technologies: opportunities & protections for vulnerable populations”

Digital health technologies (DHT) hold great promise for data-driven and evidence-based health program design, management, and assessment. Concomitantly, there is increased risk to individual data misuse or data breach of sensitive personal data, if proper controls are not implemented. The potential benefits of strengthening health systems and improving health outcomes through the digital health environment thus come with a concomitant need to implement strong data governance structures to ensure the ethical use and reuse of individuals’ data which is collected through digital health programs.

 The Reede Scholars 11th Annual Health Equity Symposium will examine the risks associated with digital health technologies for vulnerable populations. Cybersecurity is a major concern. Parallel health systems, one for healthy populations and one for high-burden populations, is another. In order to ensure high-burden populations are equitable beneficiaries of DHT advances, it is paramount that they are represented within the data set and resulting analyses. Additionally, gaining trust, behavior modification, increased utilization, and meaningful benefits are important components of digital health technologies among vulnerable populations. To be sure, the World Health Organization (WHO) in its “Global Strategy on Digital Health 2020 – 2024”, calls for a robust strategy that integrates financial, organizational, human, and technological resources.1

An expert panel of researchers, administrators, and providers will present thoughtful conversations addressing many of the issues confronting vulnerable groups, i.e., rural populations, under resourced and underserved communities, marginalized populations and others to improve health outcomes, lower healthcare costs, and advance health equity. 

The 2020 Health Equity Symposium is designed to:

  • Examine policy needs for equitable inclusion of all populations in digital health technology developments;
  • Discuss strategies for patient and user cyber protections;
  • Identify strategies that integrate financial, organizational, human, and technological resources for optimal outcomes. 

The Annual Health Equity Symposium is open to all including, health professions students, social justice students and advocates, academicians, health executives, and community stakeholders. We welcome your participation and feedback.

2020 AHES Committee: D’Nyce Williams, Alexy Arauz Boudreau , Samantha Rosman, Nicole del Castillo, Mary Fleming, Dorado Brooks, C. Hodge, Chairperson


By Chloe Slocum, MD, MPH, RS ‘17 

Cost and quality 

Public and private stakeholders focused on health care costs and quality throughout 2019, which saw the introduction of new alternative payment models (APMs) initiatives focused on value-based payments for primary care practices and patients with end-stage renal disease. Surprise billing legislation and reducing prescription drug spending remained bipartisan priorities for lawmakers with continued debate and refinement of policy proposals expected in 2020 as neither issue made it into the final spending package authorized by Congress for the 2020 fiscal year. 

Health care costs

Researchers continue to demonstrate that access to health care coverage is a key driver of health outcomes ranging from maternal mortality, chronic disease management, and opioid overdose rates. Several recent studies have also highlighted the importance of Medicaid expansion for improved health outcomes as a growing number of states look to expand access to Medicaid through ballot initiatives. Federal support for state proposals to implement Medicaid work requirements has continued, despite mounting legal challenges and a dearth of evidence to support such programs to date. 

Policies aimed at boosting price transparency for health systems and payers and site-neutral payment requirements for outpatient hospital clinics are at the center of key legal decisions expected in 2020, in addition to a court case challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

Finally, while hospitals receiving Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments saw a delay in scheduled funding cuts and Congress passed funding measures for Medicaid programs in U.S. territories, lawmakers continue to look for and negotiate long-term solutions following a series of short-term fixes.

Join us for the 11th Annual Health Equity Symposium

May 7, 2020

Boston, MA





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