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. The participants include the fellows, students from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and other Harvard graduate schools.

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.


Recent Seminar Speakers

Audra Meadows, M.D., M.P.H.

OBGYN, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine


John McDonough, DrPH, MPA

Professor of the Practice of Public Health

Director of Executive and Continuing Professional Education

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Roderick King, M.D., M.P.H.

Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore, MD


Harriet Washington, MA

Author, Journalist

Lecturer in Bioethics. Columbia University


Kimberly Chang, MD, MPH

Family Physician, Director of Human Trafficking and Healthcare Policy, Asian Health Services

Commissioner, President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, & Pacific Islanders


Christina Rosenthal, D.D.S., M.P.H.

Founder and President, The 516 Foundation; Memphis, TN


James Corbett, J.D., M.Div.

Principal, Initium Health, Denver, CO


LaQuandra S. Nesbitt, MD, MPH

Bicentennial Endowed Professor of Medicine and Health Sciences and Executive Director of the Center for Population Health Sciences and Health Equity, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Manny Lopes, MBA

Executive Vice President of Public Markets and Government Relations

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts


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


Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH

Director, the Disparities Solutions Center, Mass General Hospital

Director, Equity in Care Implementation, Mass General Hospital

Administrative Director of Research, the Department of Medicine, Mass General Hospital

Adjunct Faculty, Northeastern University


Claude-Alix Jacob, MPH

Director, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District


James O’Connell, MD


Boston Health Care for the Homeless


Kameron Leigh Matthews MD, JD, FAAFP

Chief Health Officer

Cityblock Health


Donna Galbreath, MD

Senior Medical Director of Quality Assurance, Southcentral Foundation


Jennifer Potter, MD

Director, LGBT Population Health Program; Ch-Chair of the Fenway Institute, Fenway Health


Aranthan S. Jones, II, MPH

Senior Vice President, Global Communications and Public Affairs