California Endowment Scholars in Health Policy at Harvard University

Established in 2001, the California Endowment Scholars in Health Policy at Harvard University is designed to prepare California's outstanding physicians, dentists, and mental health providers, particularly health professionals from groups underrepresented in medicine, for leadership roles in formulating and implementing public health policy in a multicultural and ethnically diverse society.

Background | Goals | Scholars Bios

The program is no longer accepting applications.

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Congratulations to Preeta Chidambaran, CES Fellows ('07), who has been recently promoted to Senior level Medical Officer in the Chronic Care Policy Group at CMS Medicare.

About the Program

The California Endowment Scholars in Health Policy at Harvard University is a one-year, full-time, academic degree-granting program, designed to create health professional leaders capable of advancing multicultural health interests in the public, nonprofit, and academic sectors. The program is designed to incorporate the critical skills taught in schools of public health, government, business, and dental medicine. Scholars are required to complete the course requirements that lead to a master's degree in public health or in public administration, as well as receive advanced leadership training, including leadership forums and a seminar series conducted by leading scholars and nationally recognized leaders in minority health and public policy, site visits, shadowing public health leaders and supervised practicum. Each scholarship will provide support including a $50,000 stipend, full tuition for a master's degree, health insurance, books, travel and related expenses, and financial assistance toward the support of a practicum project.

Program Management

Direction and administration of the program is provided by the Minority Faculty Development Program (MFDP) at Harvard Medical School (HMS). MFDP was established in 1990 to serve as an umbrella organization for minority recruitment, development, and retention initiatives undertaken at HMS and affiliated hospitals. Joan Y. Reede, M.D, M.P.H, M.S., MBA, Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership, director, MFDP, and Program Director of the California Endowment Scholars in Health Policy at Harvard University, provides overall supervision and direction of program development, implementation and evaluation. Faculty from the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Graduate School of Business and Administration, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are involved in program development and implementation.

Joan Y. Reede, MD, MPH, MS, MBA
Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership
164 Longwood Avenue, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02115-5818
Phone: 617-432-2413 | Fax: 617-432-3834

California Endowment

Created in 1996, The California Endowment is the largest health care foundation in the state. The Endowment supports a multicultural approach to health and is dedicated to increasing access to quality, affordable health care for underserved individuals and communities through its primary goals of workforce diversity, cultural competency, access, and disparities in health.

Harvard Medical School Minority Faculty Development Program (MFDP)

Established in 1990, the mission of MFDP is to create a comprehensive program that provides leadership, guidance, and support for academic and professional career development and to promote increased recruitment, retention, and advancement of underrepresented minorities and women. It addresses crucial issues of increasing the pool of students from groups underrepresented in medicine who are interested in careers in science and medicine; promoting medical students, graduate students, and scholars to develop the needed skills for success in the academic arena; and advancing the career and development of junior faculty.

Harvard Coordinating Committee

Responsibilities of the committee include: assistance in program design and development, coordination of the program within the Harvard University community, identification of practicums, advice to program mentors, and review of applications.

MYRON ALLUKIAN, D.D.S., M.P.H., Associate Clinical Professor of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology (Harvard School of Dental Medicine), Oral Health Consultant, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers and Lutheran Medical Center

CHESTER DOUGLASS, Ph.D., D.M.D., Professor and Chair, Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology (Harvard School of Dental Medicine)

FELTON EARLS, M.D., Professor of Social Medicine (Harvard Medical School), Professor of Human Behavior and Development (Harvard School of Public Health)

ARTHUR KLEINMAN, M.D., The Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology And Chair, Department of Anthropology (Harvard University), Professor of Medical Anthropology and Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Social Medicine (Harvard Medical School)

PETER ZIMMERMAN, M.P.P., Senior Associate Dean for Program Development and Executive Education (John F. Kennedy School of Government)