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Karen E. Reed, MA


Karen Reed is the Karen Reed Director of the Division of Multicultural Health & Community Engagement.

The Division of Multicultural Health & Community Engagement. (DMHCE) primary goal is to permanently change the conditions that produce differential health outcomes that will, over time, have a greater effect than traditional interventions.

The DMHCE works with stakeholders to identify approaches to eliminate health inequities through a focus on social determinants of health and social justice, in addition to more traditional health promotion, as key strategies to eliminate health inequities that exist by socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, geography and gender.

Karen provides leadership and oversees key division inititiatives:

Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Health Care Services Initiative

  • Web-Based Resource Guide - CLASActVirginia.org
  • Culturally Appropriate Public Health Training Series
  • Navigating the U.S. Health Care System - A project designed to assist new immigrants, refugees and migrants regarding how to obtain needed health care services. This project includes the development of educational materials to address diverse cultural differences. The materials address the US health care structure and procedure basics. These materials have been developed for Spanish-speaking individuals. In addition, various toolkit items and resources housed on the Navigating Health Care System web pages are available. Also developed are a Worker Curriculum and Supplemental Resource Guide to train front line health department staff and community-based organization on how to effectively use and distribute these materials. For more information click here.
  • Statewide CLAS Network

Health Equity Initiatives

State Office of Minority Health

In addition to Karen, the division achieves its objectives by the efforts of the Health Equity Specialist – CLAS Specialist and numerous Health Equity Interns and collaborative partners. The division is focused on long-term efforts of eliminating health inequities. Karen is committed to identifying opportunities to advance health equity through providing resources, training presentations, committee and board participation and collaborating with internal and external stakeholders.


Last Updated: 03-27-2014

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