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Leadership Education in Adolescent Health


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UW LEAH Vision: A world in which all adolescents have access to culturally responsive, interdisciplinary, adolescent-centered, family-involved care, thus reducing risk behaviors and improving health outcomes.

UW LEAH Program Goals: The goal of the UW LEAH is to train the next generation of interdisciplinary adolescent health leaders empowering them to reduce disparities and improve adolescent healthcare.

UW LEAH is an interdisciplinary program dedicated to training graduate students, post-graduate fellows, and mid-career adolescent health professionals in five key adolescent health disciplines:

  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

UW LEAH uniquely prepares trainees to assume leadership roles in their respective fields. Fellows receive advanced training in leadership skills, research, public health, advocacy, public policy, cultural responsiveness, community engagement, and health services delivery for adolescents. Clinical training opportunities are available in a broad range of settings including communities, hospital settings, and outpatient clinics.

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Our curriculum highlights the life course perspective and relationships between social and environmental determinants of health, risk and protective factors, and adult outcomes. We benefit from strong local, state, regional, and national partnerships that include families and youth, providers, state and local agencies, and professional organizations. The UW LEAH is funded by a Title V grant from the Maternal Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


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