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Leadership Education in Adolescent Health

Leadership Activites


Gaining leadership skills and experience is achieved in many ways. UW LEAH's hands-on leadership activities are designed to assist trainees develop knowledge and skills in areas that include family-centered practice, research, public health policy, advocacy, and education. All UW LEAH trainees are required to participate in at least one of the following activities:

  • UW LEAH committees, which inform the program's community efforts, clinical training, recruitment, program evaluation, and dissemination strategies
  • Research
  • Washington State Title V Program collaborative projects
  • Adolescent Health Legislative Day (Olympia, WA)

UW LEAH trainees are encouraged to design independent leadership activities to meet their own unique interests. Independent leadership experiences are arranged in coordination with the trainee’s faculty mentor or other UW LEAH faculty, including opportunities to attend national meetings relevant to adolescent health.

Leadership Project

All UW LEAH trainees are required to complete a leadership project under the guidance of their faculty mentor. Examples of leadership projects include:

  • Projects that fulfill the trainee’s academic thesis or dissertation requirement;
  • Pilot research study;
  • Survey research for a needs study or to assess quality of service and/or client satisfaction;
  • Product or resource for use in clinical service or training.

UW LEAH trainees present their leadership project poster during LEAH Presentation Day in June. Preparation of a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal is a final outcome for many leadership projects. 

Photo of Lexi with her Leadership Project