Preston Reynolds and Title VII

With material from UVA Newsroom archives

Preston Reynolds

A recent display at the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) celebrated 50 years of Title VII of the Public Health Services Act.  This public policy was instrumental in increasing minority representation in the health care workforce and helping to meet the needs of underserved populations.  Our own Preston Reynolds was featured in the wall of history display.  Prior to moving to Virginia, Preston Reynolds spent several years in government in charge of the Title VII Primary Care Training Program.

“Title VII was enacted … in response to a series of federal reports warning that a shortage of doctors and dentists was imminent,” Dr. Reynolds explained. “It funded construction and expansion of medical and dental schools and established training programs that increased the nation’s supply of primary care doctors and dentists.”

Dr. Reynolds’ area of research for more than 30 years has focused on the history of race discrimination in healthcare and medical education.  She has published and lectured on the subject, received major funding from the NIH and national foundations, and won awards for her scholarship.