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John A. Rich

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John A. Rich

Professor/Chair of Health Management and Policy
Drexel University


John Rich is professor and chair of health management and policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health and director of the university's Center for Nonviolence & Social Justice. He has been a leader in the field of public health, and his work has focused on serving one of the nation's most ignored and underserved populations --African-American men in urban settings. Dr. Rich is the author of the 2009 book, "Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men." In 2006, he received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Before joining the Drexel faculty, he served as the medical director of the Boston Public Health Commission. He earned his bachelor's degree in English from Dartmouth College, his medical degree from Duke University Medical School and his master's degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and was a fellow in general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School. As a primary care doctor at Boston Medical Center, Dr. Rich created the Young Men's Health Clinic and initiated the Boston HealthCREW, a program to train inner city young men to become peer health educators who focus on the health of men and boys in their communities. He received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Dartmouth in 2007 and now serves on its board of trustees.

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United States
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