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University of Washington Leadership Education in Adolescent Health

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Grant Status: Active

Training Category: LEAH

Project Director(s):

Laura P Richardson, MD, MPH
University of Washington
4800 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA  98105
Phone: 206-987-6401


Lack of trained providers, pervasive health disparities, geographically underserved areas, and fragmentation of services contribute to the missed opportunities to meet the healthcare needs of adolescents and young adults. By growing the adolescent healthcare workforce and providing increased support to public health systems, community prevention efforts, and healthcare delivery, we can achieve better adolescent and young adult health outcomes.

Goals and Objectives:

UW LEAH aims to shape the future of adolescent health in the United States through 1) preparing the future MCH workforce to anticipate and respond to the changing needs of the growing AYA population, 2) providing interdisciplinary leadership education/training to prepare future leaders, 3) supporting scholarly activities that promote critical thinking, life-long learning, and 4) increasing MCH infrastructure capacity through the provision of technical assistance (TA) and continuing education (CE).


UW LEAH will train future leaders through didactic instruction (including formal coursework), clinical training in hospital, institutional, community, and rural outreach settings, and hands-on leadership training including participation in technical assistance and research activities. Technical assistance and continuing education are offered locally, regionally, and nationally, in collaboration with Title V and MCH partners. As part of our outreach to the MCH community, we will network with and engage key stakeholders in the region and nationally to promote awareness of adolescent health issues. Partners include 4 UW MCHB Leadership training programs for joint leadership training; hospital-based, institutional, community and rural outreach clinics as training sites to serve diverse underserved groups; Title V agencies in region to deliver continuing education and technical assistance; and national organizations and MCHB programs for joint initiatives. Innovations of our program include the expansion of distance training, addition of a Chemical Dependency Trainee and training resources for this profession, expansion of telehealth, new Optimizing AYA Health in Community Settings projects to focus on assessing community-level health inequity, and targeted TA/CE events for our Title V Partners. HP 2020 OBJECTIVES: This project addresses AH 1-5, 7-11; AHS 6,7; ECB 2-4, 10, 12, 14, 15; FP 6-13, 15; LGBTH; IVP 1-3, 11-15, 17, 29-36, 39-42), MICH 4, 30-31, MHMD 1-7, 10-11; NWS 10-11; STD 1-6, 9, Social Determinants of Health, SA 1-4,7-10, 12-14, 17-21, TU 2-3, 10.


Components includes formative evaluation of LTT competencies, ongoing evaluation to make program improvements including CPI, summative evaluations including long-term output (performance measures) and outcomes. Alumni MCH leadership is assessed at 2, 5, and 10 years, and we will implement at new 5 year employer survey for LTTs. IMPACT: Improve adolescent health and well-being by exceptionally preparing >55 LTTs, >350MTTs, and >1500 STTs; contributing to pipeline development of future workforce; performing > 150 CE trainings and >100 TA projects, including supporting adolescent Title V objectives; developing and disseminating > 100 academic products.

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