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Meet our team

Valerie L. Ward, MD, MPH, headshot

Valerie L. Ward, MD, MPH

Senior Vice President, and Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer

Dr. Valerie Ward leads the essential work of making Boston Children’s a leader in health equity and inclusivity for all: our patients, our families, and our staff.

Dr. Ward collaborates closely with other Boston Children’s chiefs and senior leaders on a number of initiatives, including:

  • creating an innovative coaching and academic advancement program for early career underrepresented faculty
  • developing initiatives aimed to improve the recruitment, retention, and development of our diverse workforce
  • evaluating existing and developing new health equity quality metrics that inform how we deliver care to all children
  • improving processes for the delivery of culturally effective pediatric care
  • collaborating on multidisciplinary research studies to improve child health outcomes

Externally, Dr. Ward represents Boston Children’s and its commitment to health equity on the Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS) Health Equity Leadership Workgroup and the newly created SPS Ambulatory Foundations Workgroup.

Amanda Grice

Program Director

Julia Ainsworth, MPH, CPH

Project Manager

Patrice Melvin, MPH

Senior Data Analyst

Read more about Lois K. Lee, MD, MPH

Senior Faculty Advisor, Office and Health Equity & Inclusion; Senior Associate in Pediatrics, Division of Emergency Medicine

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Read more about Sabra Katz-Wise, PhD

Staff Scientist

Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Read more about Snehal Shah, MD

Senior Faculty Advisor, Office and Health Equity & Inclusion

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School