John A. Rich is Professor and Chair of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health. He has been a leader in the field of public health, and his work focuses on serving one of the nation’s most ignored and underserved populations—African-American men in urban settings.
Prior to Drexel University, Rich served as the medical director of the Boston Public Health Commission. As a primary care doctor at Boston Medical Center, 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.
Dr. Rich earned his MD from Duke University Medical School, and his Master’s from the Harvard School of Public Health. He received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Dartmouth in 2007 and now serves on its Board of Trustees.
In 2006, Dr. Rich was granted a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and in 2009, he was inducted into the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. His book published in 2009 about urban violence, Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men, has drawn critical acclaim.