Karen E. Reed, MA, CDE 

Director, Division of Multicultural Health and Community Engagement
Virginia Department of Health, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity

Karen Reed has over 25 years of professional experience in public health agencies in the state of Virginia. She currently provides leadership and direction as the Director of the Division of Multicultural Health and Community Engagement in the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity. This office focuses on the cultural competence of minority and disadvantaged populations in national, state, and local health equity collaborative initiatives. She oversees and manages activities related to the Commissioner’s Advisory Council on Health Disparities and Health Equity.

Ms. Reed received her BA in business management/psychology from Mary Baldwin College and her MA in organizational communication/public administration from the University of Oklahoma. She also is a Certified Diversity Executive. She has authored numerous health equity abstracts and serves on minority health and rural-related commissions or boards of directors at national, state, and local levels.