Cuban Health Care in the 21st Century

Dr. Henry Wendell Foster


United Nations Association Seminar
Nashville Cordell Hull Chapter

April 16, 2009
Green Hills Public Library
3701 Benthan Ave.
Nashville, TN

Dr. Henry W. Foster, Jr. is Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the School of Medicine, Meharry College and Clinical Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vanderbilt University. In 1995 he was nominated by President Bill Clinton to become the US Surgeon General and from 1996 to 2001 served as President Clinton’s Senior Advisor on Teen Pregnancy Reduction and Youth Issues.

While serving as Professor and Chairman of Meharry’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Foster spent five years (1981-86) as Senior Program Consultant for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and directed its Program to Consolidate Health Services for High-Risk Young People.  From this program he conceptualized and developed the “I Have A Future Program,” to reduce teen pregnancy, which was recognized by President George Bush in 1991, as one of the nation’s “Thousand Points of Light.”

During his career, Dr. Foster authored more than 250 publications and abstracts, wrote the book, Make A Difference, contributed chapters to textbooks, and developed audiovisual educational materials.  He has conducted 80 formal university lectureships and his professional expertise has been sought across the globe. He has participated in conferences, seminars and hearings in Spain, Mexico, Peru, Kenya, South Africa, Egypt, Mainland China, Canada, Singapore, Vietnam, the United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Nigeria, India, Bangladesh and Cuba.

Dr. Foster has served on numerous boards, committees and councils, all of which work to improve reproductive health and medical education.  Dr. Foster is past president of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics. He is immediate past chairman of the U.S. Committee for the United Nations Population Fund; Chairman, Board of Directors for Pathfinder International; and he served two terms as chairman of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine. In May 1993, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences conferred upon him the first of his now six honorary doctorate degrees.