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John A. Rich, MD

Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy; Director, Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice

School of Public Health


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A leader in the field of public health, Rich’s work has focused on serving one of the nation’s most ignored and underserved populations: African-American men in urban settings. In 2006, Rich was granted a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship. In awarding this distinction, the Foundation cited 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."

He is the author of the book Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men. He directs the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice at Drexel. Its cornerstone program, “Healing Hurt People,” is a hospital-based violence intervention and prevention program that works with clients who are seen in the emergency department for intentional injuries such as gunshots or other assault wounds.

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