Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC)
Programs and Partnerships
Fit 4 You
Fit 4 You is an Odessa Brown program dedicated to helping patients and families eat healthy and stay active for better health through cooking classes and swimming classes. Learn more (PDF).
Everyone Swims (swimming lessons)
Professional instructors lead half-hour swimming lessons for OBCC patients ages 4–18 at Medgar Evers Pool (500 23rd Ave., Seattle). Classes are held on Fridays at 5:30 or 6 p.m. with an optional family swim afterward from 6:30 to 8 p.m. A 50% scholarship is available for those who qualify.
Call Rebecca at 206-987-7223 to sign up.
Family cooking and nutrition classes
These cooking and nutrition classes, running in six-week sessions, begin in September and meet one evening per week. During class time, families and school-age children can learn more about making easy, healthy and tasty meals each week, including a trip to the grocery story. Each week you will take a home a bag of food.
For more information about family cooking classes, please call 206-987-7223.
ACT (Actively Changing Together)
We want to help all families be as healthy as possible. The ACT program, a partnership among OBCC, Seattle Children’s and the YMCA, combines nutrition guidance and physical therapy for overweight youth ages 8–14. Families must have a referral from their child’s medical provider (ask your Odessa Brown primary care provider or your community primary care provider).
- Parents may participate with their children
- Child care can be provided for younger children
- One 90-minute sessions per week for 12 weeks
- Financial assistance is available.
For more information, Odessa Brown patients may also call Linda at 206-987-7223.
Mindfulness and Compassion Program
Our Mindfulness and Compassion Program offers free classes in person and online. Our classes are run by parents for parents and our goal is to build resilience and collective capacity for social justice and healing.
Safe firearm storage
We are committed to keeping kids safe. Safe firearm storage protects children and teens, reduces the risk of firearm injuries and saves lives. Learn about safe firearm storage and discuss options for receiving a safe firearm storage device for your family.
Talk to your OBCC provider for more information or email.
The clinic staff at Odessa Brown is very involved in the community. We provide family support services, particularly for homeless and kindred care.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
WIC is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. OBCC provides WIC services at our clinic. For more information, please call 206-987-7235.
Promoting First Relationships (PFR)
We serve young children from birth to age 3 and their parents or caregivers with Promoting First Relationships (PFR) to promote early relationships. Early relationships help children form their social, emotional, behavioral and language development. PFR supports all the positive things caregivers are doing to raise their young children and helps caregivers learn to observe and reinforce children’s needs and emotions. Growth and development are fostered when caregivers respond to and validate a child’s needs and emotions. From this strong foundation, children can feel secure in the world around them and grow in future relationships.
Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT)
Parent-child interactive therapy (PCIT) is a form of parent training we provide for children age 3–7 and their caregivers. PCIT works to improve the quality of the parent-child relationship and to change patterns of parent-child interactions. Disruptive behavior is the most common reason for referral of young children for mental health services and can include issues such as talking back or aggression. PCIT combines behavioral therapy, play therapy and parent training to teach more effective discipline techniques and improve the parent-child relationship.
Our providers can perform pre-participation physicals for school, Head Start, camp and sports.
Northwest Sickle Cell Collaborative
The Northwest Sickle Cell Collaborative makes life better for children and families with sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait. As a joint project of Odessa Brown and several other healthcare organizations, the collaborative is a great example of partnership with purpose.
Children should be seen by a dentist as soon as they have teeth, but many children in our state go without dental care. It’s more than twice as likely for two-year-olds in Washington state to have dental decay than it is for children elsewhere in the nation (source: Washington Dental Service [WDS] Foundation).
The SmileMobile is a 38-foot-long dental clinic on wheels that travels throughout Washington providing dental care to children from families with limited incomes. The mobile clinic provides exams, preventive care, fillings and minor oral surgery on a sliding-fee basis. The SmileMobile addresses a pressing need. Many children see a dentist for the first time when the SmileMobile rolls into their community – and sometimes they are 18 years old.
Sponsored by Seattle Children’s and the WDS Foundation, the SmileMobile has helped more than 25,000 children since hitting the road in 1995.
Washington Medical-Legal Partnership
The Washington Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) is a program that brings together medical providers, social workers and lawyers to address the unmet legal needs of patients and families. MLP has a full-time lawyer who can provide free legal assistance to most families. Also, MLP trains medical providers and social workers about the legal and advocacy needs of patients and families. All the services are free and are provided in a safe, confidential environment.
Legal areas MLP may be able to assist patients/families with include:
- Housing (for example, the condition of your housing makes your child’s asthma worse)
- Public benefits (for example, your government benefits, like food stamps, were terminated)
- Education (for example, your child has special needs and the school is not addressing them)
MLP can also assist with issues not listed above. If think you have a problem requiring legal assistance, please ask to speak to Seema Mhatre, the clinic social worker. If you would like more information about the MLP, please email Noel Rees, MPA, senior program coordinator, or call her at 206-987-5942.