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John A. Rich '80(Doctor of Science)

Posted 04/19/07 • Roland Adams (603) 646-3661

Biographical background on 2007 Dartmouth honorary degree recipients

John A. Rich '80
John A. Rich '80

A 1980 graduate of Dartmouth, Dr. John A. Rich has served as the Chair of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health and the Director of Drexel's Center for Academic Public Health Practice since 2005. He also holds an appointment as an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. In 2006, Rich was the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in honor of his work to design "new models of health care that stretch across the boundaries of public health, education, social service, and justice systems to engage young men in caring for themselves and their peers."

Rich, originally from Queens, New York, earned his A.B. in English from Dartmouth in 1980 and went on to receive an M.D. from Duke University Medical School, and a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and was a fellow in general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School. In 1993, Rich established the Young Men's Health Clinic at the Boston Medical Center and in 1997, he was appointed associate professor of medicine and of public health at Boston University. In 1998, Rich became the medical director of the Boston Public Health Commission in which capacity he oversaw the clinical functions of the Commission and developed initiatives to address emerging health problems, including efforts to reduce Boston's racial disparities in health care.

Rich has devoted much of his career to addressing the health care needs of underserved African-American men in urban settings. In addition to creating the Young Men's Health Clinic at the Boston Medical Center, which provides primary care to men ages seventeen to twenty-nine, he initiated the Boston HealthCREW, a community health-worker training program for young black men to conduct peer outreach in general health education and men's reproductive health.

In addition to his recent MacArthur Fellowship, Rich is the recipient of numerous awards for his work in public health, including the President's Award from the Whittier Street Health Center, the Healthy Hero Award from Roxbury Community College and the William A. Hinton Award from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

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