1 Mar

Champion of equity and social justice

first_imgIn nearly 30 years leading diversity initiatives at Harvard Medical School (HMS), Joan Reede has helped scores of mentees advance their academic careers, inspired thousands of young people to consider a future in medicine and science, and encouraged HMS to embed diversity and inclusion into its mission.As dean for diversity and community partnership, Reede is considered by many at HMS to be the heart and soul of diversity efforts at the School, by virtue of her keen intelligence, warm personality, ability to coalesce resources, and passion for equity and social justice — and for her penchant, as a trained pediatrician, for helping people realize their full potential.“Harvard Medical School is so lucky to have her,” said Nawal Nour, associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), who has known Reede for 20 years as a mentee and colleague. “I have had the opportunity to work with Joan many times over the course of my tenure at BWH and HMS, and what makes her so unique is her ability to motivate and inspire those around her to share and continue the great work that she does. She is absolutely amazing.”Reede deflects credit for her accomplishments, preferring to focus on the team effort. “This is a story about we. I have done nothing by myself,” she said.That concept is echoed in the “Better Together” slogan of the School’s 38-member Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion, appointed by HMS Dean George Q. Daley and led by Reede, who is also HMS professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.But there’s no denying that Reede, working with colleagues in the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership and beyond, has built a wide-ranging body of programs designed primarily to promote the recruitment, retention, and advancement of diverse faculty — especially those from groups underrepresented in medicine, such as women, LGBT, and people living with disabilities.From fellowships in minority health policy to visiting clerkships for medical students of color to career exploration for Boston-area middle schoolers, these 20-plus programs have touched tens of thousands of individuals, directly or indirectly. Reede’s office oversees all diversity-related activities involving HMS faculty, trainees, students, and staff.“She’s like a national treasure,” said longtime mentee Kathryn Hall, HMS assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s. “There are not many people who have been as effective for so long. It’s a testament to her will and determination and vision.”Equity, justice and ‘The Ladies’Driven by issues of equity and justice, and not by diversity for diversity’s sake, Reede believes every person has something worthwhile to contribute to HMS. She traces her values to “The Ladies,” three strong black women who guided her while growing up on the South Shore of Boston: her grandmother, her mother, and “Aunt” Amanda.Reede noted that her grandmother cleaned houses in the segregated South, had an elementary school education, and was raised by her great-grandmother, who was born into slavery. Reede’s mother earned her college degree when Reede graduated medical school, and was “probably the smartest person I’ve ever known,” she said. And the woman Reede called Aunt Amanda graduated from Radcliffe College, likely in the 1920s, and taught her about the power of people uniting for social change. “The Ladies” encouraged Reede to dream big but also kept her grounded.“These three women, who were very different in terms of their educational background, treated each other with equal respect,” she recalled. “I’m very much engaged in community, very much believe in treating everyone the same, very much believe that your life should have purpose. And that came from those three amazing women.”Diversity and inclusion are core to academic medicine and lead to better decisions, science, and patient outcomes, according to Reede. “When you have complex issues, linear and siloed thinking will not give you as good a result as having multiple voices, perspectives, and backgrounds at the table,” she said. “That’s part of what diversity brings. We do better when there’s a we.”HMS’ dean agreed. “Joan has recognized for many decades that for Harvard Medical School to be a leader in research, education, and service, we must reflect the diversity of our patients, our community, and our nation,” said Daley, who is also the Caroline Shields Walker Professor of Medicine.“She founded the HMS Minority Faculty Development Program back in 1990 and has worked tirelessly since then to create programs that promote the recruitment, retention, and advancement of underrepresented faculty at HMS. Her determination, spirit, and vision make her an inspiration to all of us. She has served as a true guiding light in our quest to create the diversity and inclusion at HMS that will, in the long run, advance our research endeavors and improve the health care we are able to provide to all people,” he said.As part of an exhibit titled “Dimensions of Harvard Medical School,” Joan Reede displayed photos of her great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, daughter, and two grandchildren. Photo by Jennifer WaddellPath to Harvard Reede grew up in Hull, Mass., near the U.S. Army’s Nike Missile Site (Fort Duvall), where her father was stationed. At about seventh grade, inspired by popular TV physicians such as Marcus Welby (“Marcus Welby, M.D.”), Reede decided to become a doctor.“I never recognized that they were white, that they were men. I just knew they were in charge, and that I should be in charge — not of other people, but of my life. It never occurred to me that I couldn’t or shouldn’t or wouldn’t be whatever I wanted to be,” she said.Reede earned her bachelor’s degree from Brown University, medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1980, and then completed a pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Returning to Boston, Reede worked in public schools and juvenile prison clinics and was struck by the children’s pressing needs and lack of services in the community. In 1986 she pursued a child psychiatry fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital — not to become a therapist, but to serve her young patients better. She then became medical director of Mattapan Community Health Center.In the late 1980s, while raising her daughter as a single, divorced parent, Reede was an HMS clinical instructor in psychiatry at Boston Children’s while earning her master’s in public health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. During that period, she conceived of the Minority Faculty Development Program to enhance diversity at HMS and support junior faculty members’ career development. She was hired in 1990 to run the program, which in 2016 celebrated 25 years of success.Reede recalls how, in the early 1990s, she worked in tucked-away spaces, had no staff, and decorated with office furniture left in hallways. One weekend, she says, a group of empathetic HMS custodians came in and painted her dingy office as a surprise. As a black woman in a mostly white institution, “I knew who worked in the kitchen. I knew the custodians. I talked to the parking attendants. Those were the people who were like my family,” she said.Reede pressed on, expanding opportunities for women and underrepresented minorities and undaunted by those who viewed her work as peripheral to the HMS mission. Over time, diversity and inclusion gained traction on college and university campuses nationwide, including Harvard. Reede became the School’s first dean for diversity and community partnership in 2002 — one of the few African-American women to hold a medical school deanship in the U.S. — and was promoted to full professor in 2016.Since 1990, the share of full-time minority HMS faculty, including black, Hispanic, Native American, Asian, and Pacific Islanders, has risen from 10 percent to nearly 25 percent, including more than 700 underrepresented minority faculty. The School has added the concept of diversity to its mission statement, crafted a community values statement, and, in October 2017, announced the HMS Diversity Statement, which affirms that, “Our unique perspectives, talents, experiences and contributions as HMS students, trainees, faculty, staff, and administrators are the foundation and drivers of our excellence.”A coveted colleague locally and nationally, Reede has served on numerous commissions, committees and boards, among them the University-wide Harvard Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging. Her achievements have garnered accolades from such organizations as the National Academy of Medicine, Boston NAACP, Association of American Medical Colleges, and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Reede also holds a master’s in health policy and management from the Harvard Chan School and a master’s of business administration from Boston University.,The mentor as ‘mom’Whether coaching an individual or leading one of the myriad programs in her orbit, Reede has helped countless mentees navigate the Harvard medical system and discover opportunities they’d never before considered.“She’s always offering me a chance to grow and puts me in the spotlight to be seen as a future leader,” such as presenting at academic conferences, said Alden Landry, HMS assistant professor of emergency medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and faculty assistant director in the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership.Landry has benefited from several programs that Reede created to widen the pipeline of minorities going into biomedical sciences and medicine. Among them was a Visiting Clerkship Program that enables medical students from across the U.S. who are underrepresented in medicine to do one-month rotations at HMS, thereby diversifying the pool of candidates who might apply to Harvard for residencies. Landry, then attending the University of Alabama School of Medicine, took part in 2005.“I wasn’t expecting it, but I felt amazingly comfortable at Harvard and was lucky enough to be matched here [at Beth Israel Deaconess] for my residency,” he said. He went on to complete a Harvard-based Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy.Despite Reede’s impressive credentials and packed schedule, Landry said, “She makes herself available for her mentees. The fellows refer to her as ‘mom.’ We all look up to her, but she’s very warm and caring. She’s family-oriented and always talks about her grandkids and brother. It’s refreshing.”Hall, a molecular biologist at Brigham and Women’s, is grateful for Reede’s initiatives like the Biomedical Science Careers Program, which has supported some 14,000 high school and college students, postdocs, and junior faculty. Hall participated when she was an HMS graduate student and has become a mentor for the program herself. She notes Reede’s skill at running its large networking events.“Her conferences run like a ship in the U.S. Navy,” Hall said. “Everything goes on time, every panel is amazing. She sets a very high standard. Joan has also pioneered the giving of recognition awards. It’s so important to acknowledge each other as often as we can.”Hall took a break from academia and spent a decade in the biotech and film industries, and she remembers how Reede warmly welcomed her back to HMS in 2010. “It was really clear to me, when I reconnected with Joan, that I had come back to community. It meant so much to have a big hug from Joan that day. It helped me get grounded and back on track,” she said.Journey toward justiceReede takes enormous pride in her professional successes, but she says her greatest accomplishment, by far, is her daughter, Loretta Jackson, and two grandchildren, Layla and Carter. “The work I do here is important to me, and I care about it deeply, but family’s always priority,” Reede said.Reede doesn’t consider herself a trailblazer but rather part of an ongoing journey toward justice. “The work I do moving toward civil rights, equity, and social justice is a continuum of work,” she explained. “It’s building on others who led the way. And the individuals who are coming out of our programs will continue to carry it forward. You have to be vigilant. You cannot afford to think that we have arrived.”Reede’s strong faith in the intrinsic goodness of people sustains her during these polarized political times. “My faith is not about a specific church or religion,” she said. “It’s just an absolute faith that we have a purpose, that in the end what is supposed to happen will happen, and that we will always move toward good. I just believe it.”last_img read more

12 Aug

Former Broward Sheriff Released from Hospital after COVID Scare

first_imgFormer Broward Sheriff Scott Israel has been released from the hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.Israel revealed to 850WFTL that he was never in the ICU and is expected to make a full recovery by primary election day August 18th.Israel is running against appointed sheriff Gregory Tony.Israel confirmed reports of the news with a statement:“Tonight I am being discharged from the Delray Medical Center. My fight with COVID-19 is not over but my condition has improved enough that my place in the hospital could be taken by another fighting this virus. I return home tonight grateful to finish out my treatment and recuperation and to strengthen for the coming days,” Israel, 64, wrote in part. “I want to thank the thousands of friends and supporters who reached out to me and my family over the past 48 hours. We were overwhelmed by your prayers and offers of support.”Israel confirmed in a prior statement that he tested positive for the virus Tuesday night.“After experiencing symptoms over the past several days and at the urging of family and friends, I decided to take another coronavirus test. This time, unfortunately, the test was positive,” wrote Israel.“Like most of you, I took precautions, followed the advice of health experts, wore a mask in public, washed my hands regularly and observed social distancing. Yet, despite this vigilance, I have contracted the virus. My outlook is positive, my faith is strong, and I rest in the strong support of loving family, friends and colleagues.”Israel, who was treated at Delray Medical Center, said that his campaign will continue even as he will be quarantined while recovering from the virus.He’s running to unseat Sheriff Gregory Tony, who was installed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to lead the Broward Sheriff’s Office in January 2019 after the governor removed Israel in the fallout of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shootings.They’re both considered frontrunners on the ballot for the Democratic primary on Aug. 18 despite both facing a vote of no-confidence from their deputies.Tony’s campaign posted a tweet Wednesday saying: “Wishing good health and a speedy recovery to Scott Israel. Some things matter more than politics. Scott and his family will be in my thoughts.”Israel ended his initial statement with a message to the public: “Please protect one another, love one another, stay vigilant and fight, fight, fight for the health and safety of our community,” he wrote.last_img read more

21 Dec

Humboldt Crabs claim third straight one-run win over San Luis Obispo Blues with walk-off victory

first_imgArcata >> Following the trend of their first two games against the San Luis Obispo Blues, the Humboldt Crabs didn’t leave much room for error.But just like the previous two games against the visitors from Southern California, Humboldt came out victorious in yet another nail-biter at the Arcata Ball Park.Another one-run game went Humboldt way, and it came in walk-off fashion Thursday night, as Alejandro Lara just barely beat out the back end of a double play attempt in the bottom of the ninth …last_img read more

18 Dec

Mandela’s movie stirs Toronto audiences

first_imgIdris Elba stars as South African President Nelson Mandela in the film based on his autobiography, ‘The Long Walk to Freedom’. By Anne Taylor12 September 2013Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom premiered at this year’s Toronto Internatioal Film Festival – and apparently received an eight-minute standing ovation from the “visibly moved audience”.Based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, the film chronicles Mandela’s life from his childhood in the Transkei to his inauguration as South Africa’s first democratically elected president. It is the only official film based on Mandela’s life.Directed by Justin Chadwick, it was produced by Anant Singh who was given the rights to the film by Mandela himself more than 15 years ago.First reviews are in and are positive with Idris Elba, who takes on the title role, being singled out for his performance. “The restrained intensity of Idris Elba’s performance as Nelson Mandela ennobles this ambitiously sprawling biopic,” The Hollywood Reporter says in its review.I’m especially intrigued to see Naomie Harris as Winnie, and Riaad Moosa as Ahmed Kathrada. Others in the cast include Tony Kgoroge as Walter Sisulu, Zolani Mkiva as Raymond Mhlaba, Simo Magwaza as Andrew Mlangeni, Fana Mokoena as Govan Mbeki and Thapelo Mokoena as Elias Motsoaledi.The movie will premier in South Africa at the Maponya Mall in Soweto, and open at all other cinemas on 28 November.Read more on SA.info: Mandela movie wows Toronto fans and Mandela film sets to take on new lifeRead Brand South Africa’s statement: Long Walk to Freedom is showcased in TorontoSee photographs from the Toronto premier on City Press: Pics – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom lauded at Toronto screeninglast_img read more

18 Nov

Burnley flying after win at Southampton, boost for Bournemouth

first_imgBurnley’s remarkable start to the season continued as they moved level on points with Premier League champions Chelsea thanks to a 1-0 victory at Southampton on Saturday.Sam Vokes pounced late on for Sean Dyche’s side to move them into sixth spot with 19 points — the same as Chelsea, who host Manchester United on Sunday, and Arsenal.Burnley have already won three league matches on the road this season compared to one in the whole of last season.”I am delighted to be where we are but there are a lot of challenges coming our way and the group know we will have to work hard for every point we get,” Dyche, who has been linked with the vacant Everton manager’s job, told the BBC.”We still have to fight for every chance we get but we are willing to do the graft.”Liverpool can move back above Burnley into sixth place with victory at West Ham United in the late kickoff.Bournemouth grabbed a last-gasp winner at Newcastle United to move out of the bottom three, above Swansea City who slumped to a home defeat by Brighton and Hove Albion.Steve Cook sealed Bournemouth’s 1-0 win with a 90th-minute header while Brighton’s 1-0 win in south Wales came courtesy of Glenn Murray’s first-half shot.Swansea have lost three in a row in the Premier League and were booed off at the end as they fell to 18th place with eight points from their opening 11 matches.Huddersfield Town beat struggling West Bromwich Albion 1-0 at home to stay safely in mid-table — Dutchman Rajiv van La Parra deciding it with a curling shot just before halftime.advertisementThe hosts hung on in the second half after having defender Christopher Schindler sent off in the 57th minute.West Brom are without a win in nine Premier League games and, after an impressive opening to the season, are only two points above the relegation zone.Saturday’s early kickoff produced as many goals as the 1500 GMT kickoffs combined with substitute Peter Crouch ensuring a 2-2 draw for Stoke City at home to Leicester City.Vicente Iborra opened the scoring with his first goal for Leicester before Xherdan Shaqiri levelled.Riyad Mahrez’s fine finish restored Leicester’s lead but Crouch headed in Shaqiri’s cross for the draw.last_img read more

13 Oct

North Peace Cultural Centre gives annual update to City Council

first_imgThe theatre of the Centre has been an integral platform this year for many performers both locally and those that travelled to the Peace Region to perform for the community.The art gallery focused this year on having more local artists be able to display their work and sell at their own openings and functions which produced a lot of interest in the community.Workshops have been created and funded by the Centre; these are opportunities for local artists to come in and share about their art to help people discover things they might not know about and create new skills by participating in the workshop. In the future, the Centre is looking to provide more experiences for different age groups and by getting community input through Social Media as to what people want to see.There are various Art programs at the Centre such as Let’s Art that is a free Art program for children and teens as well as dance and theatre classes.The Bright Nights event in June captured the theme Classic Country, there was an expanded art market, with spinners and weavers, quilters and potters even a mobile kiln.  There were big machines with rollers helping to create big prints that were then sold as part of the big print sale. This years event will be setting the stage for the 2020 BC Winter Games.Financially the NPCC is on track; there has been restructuring within the Centre with room rentals, creating new uses for previously allocated space with programs such as childcare. The Centre is always looking for a new opportunity to create and find revenue while keeping the costs of running things down. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The NPCC has had a full and evolving year, and with the continued partnership with the City, the Cultural Centre continues to grow and thrive in its programs to maintain arts and cultural exposure in the North Peace region.The report for City Council outlined the NPCC’s shared partnerships with the City, theatre, art gallery, workshops offered, programs at the Cultural Centre, the Bright Nights event, funding, what’s to come and future plans.The NPCC thanked the City of FSJ for their continued support and shared how positive the Management Service Agreement between the City of FSJ and the NPCC has been as it has increased communication and by working together the Centre has seen improvements to the physical building and continued success in collaborated events. There has been a great success with finding new funding partners and continued support from old partners. With the help of community gaming grant and other applied and received grants this helps ensure programs and upgrading opportunities continue at the Centre. The City of FSJ is the major funder of the Centre supporting 24 percent of the budget, without that assistance the centre would be unable to operate as it does.The Centre received a $170,000 Gaming Grant for theatre renovations and is thankful the City matched those funds; all monies will help to refurbish the theatre by new carpeting replacing the seating, replacing theatre lights, curtains, and a paint job.Heading into the future, the season pass will continue for the ‘Presentation Series,’ Childcare has been made available since the closure of Oscare Daycare, and this grows new opportunity to help develop new relationships with the children and families. The Renovation is a big and exciting opportunity for the Centre and a Primary Liquor licence has been applied for to assist in what can be offered to Theatre patrons. The Centre will be hosting the Chocolate Festival this year and has partnered with the Literacy Society with a homework club.The NPCC future goals and wish list include working with the City and to be apart of the Downtown Revitalization plans, through refreshing the outside of the building and including more windows into the gallery, so people on the outside have a better idea of what is going on in the inside. Renovating the concourse and conference room to be more attractive to events. To replace the front doors and glass cubes to improve access and insulation to the building and to add a Marquee at the front of the building.last_img read more

13 Oct

Junior Dragons Den Submission Deadline March 15 2019

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C.- The 2019 Junior Dragons Den’s (JDD) deadline for submissions is March 13th, 2019 to enter the competition for the Northeast B.C. Region.Students in grades 7 – 12 and post-secondary students are welcomed to submit their concept for a business or expansion of their current business with an expression of why they should be chosen to participate in the competition.Five applicants from each category will advance to the Regional Competitions in Dawson Creek and Fort St John. Each student will be assigned a Mentor from their local community and these Mentors will assist their assigned student with everything from start-up considerations and marketing, to coaching and presentation skills. These chosen competitors then work on refining their business concept into a comprehensive one-page business plan with detailed financial statements.The competitors will be assisted in creating a live business pitch to use at the live competition for an opportunity to compete for cash prizes at the Final Competition on April 29, 2019.To download an application; CLICK HERElast_img read more

12 Oct

Blockbuster on cards as RCB play CSK in IPL opener

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian Premier League (IPL) is back and the 12th edition of the cash-rich league couldn’t have hoped for a better start as defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are all set to take on the star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the opening game at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday. Cricket might be a team game, but come Saturday, it will be all about CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni versus Virat Kohli, captain of the RCB. He might be the former skipper of the Indian team, but for his legion of fans, Dhoni is no less than god. Add to that the home factor, and there are no points for guessing that Chennai will be all yellow on the night of the opening game. Kohli, on the other hand, might be a demi-god himself for his fans, but when it comes to fighting it out against Dhoni, he might just come out second best. For the record, RCB have lost six of the seven games they have played so far at the Chidambaram Stadium and the numbers are again pitted heavily in favour of CSK. Overall, in 22 meetings between CSK and RCB, the Bengaluru outfit have managed only seven victories. In fact, the last time these two teams met — in Pune last season — Chennai were all over Bengaluru and it was a cakewalk for Dhoni’s boys. But a lot has changed since then and the senior most team in the IPL — CSK — have grown a year older. The positive for RCB is the fact that AB de Villiers is fit and raring to go after resting his back during the last stretch of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). They also have a young power hitter in Shimron Hetmyer of the West Indies to add to the arsenal. But CSK have the experience to tackle the swashbuckling batsmen in the RCB ranks. If Harbhajan Singh was the stand-out bowler for CSK last season, Deepak Chahar too showed great maturity to earn an India cap on the basis of his IPL performance. Not to forget the tactical acumen of part-time spinner Suresh Raina and Kedar Jadhav. In the batting department too, if RCB have a run-machine in Kohli, Dhoni too is coming on the back of an outstanding previous season when he showed why he is still one of the best in the business. In fact, Dhoni has scored 710 runs against the RCB, the most by any batsman against the franchise. The IPL might not have an opening ceremony this time around as the fund budgeted for the same is being handed over to the families of the Pulwama martyrs, but one couldn’t have asked for a more blockbuster start to the 12th edition of one of the most followed domestic T20 leagues in the world.last_img read more

12 Oct

Morocco Condemns Algerias Blatant Contradiction On SelfDetermination

first_imgGeneva –  Morocco denounced on Thursday before the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, the contradiction of Algeria on self-determination, since it claims to support this principle and at the same time allows its army to kill the people who choose self-determination and decide to leave the Tindouf camps.Reacting to a statement made the previous day before the HRC by Algerian Foreign Minister on the situation of human rights in the Moroccan Sahara, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Morocco to the UN in Geneva, Omar Hilale described the way Algiers addresses the issue of self-determination as “an attempt to mislead the Council of human Rights.”The diplomat who spoke under the right of reply, noted that Morocco’s Sahara autonomy provides for consultation with the people of the Moroccan Sahara.” Hilale recalled that the Algerian army killed on January 5, two Sahrawis and wounded several others as they reached the Mauritanian border, calling on the HRC, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the High Commissioner for Refugees to shed light on this serious incident.last_img read more

30 Sep

Trent Richardson All Smiles About Colts Trade

Running back Trent Richardson, who was traded from the Cleveland Brown to Indianapolis Colts earlier this week, says he has no malice towards his former team for their decision. In a recent interview, Richardson focused on the excitement of being a Colts player.The 2012 No. 3 overall draft pick will now be on a team with all-star players such as Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne and up-and-coming receiver,  T.Y. Hilton, which is why Richardson may be so positive about the trade.“[The Colts] gave up a first-round pick. That shows a lot of respect they have for me,” said Richardson, who will wear No. 34 with the Colts. “Playing against these guys twice, just seeing how they are around each other when they’re on the sideline, how they’re jelling together, just being in the locker room for these couple hours, it’s been a big change. They’re happy to come to work, and they’re ready to go.”The Colts traded a first-round pick in the 2014 draft to get Richardson from Cleveland on Wednesday. Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said he first approached the Browns about Richardson earlier in the week.“He loves football,” Grigson said about Richardson. “He has the right body type for his style as a runner, and his style fits this offense.”Richardson has 1,055 yards, 3.5 yards per carry, on 298 carries through his first 17 career games—a total of 11 touchdowns with the Browns. He also caught 58 passes for 418 yards and another TD. read more