Health Equity Track
What is the Health Equity Track?
Mission: To train a diverse group of pediatric residents to advance health equity for children and adolescents through collaborative clinical care, community partnership, advocacy, quality improvement, research and education.
The University of Washington/Seattle Children's pediatric residency Health Equity Track is designed to train the next generation of leaders and innovators in pediatric health equity across the clinical care spectrum. Throughout their three years of training, residents will have dedicated months to focus on growing skills in advocacy, leadership and communication to recognize roots of health inequity and effectively strategize and mobilize resources and interventions to advance health equity for our children, adolescents and families. Residents in the Health Equity Track will develop projects within their preferred area of focus, including, but not limited to, public health, legislation, policy, media advocacy and community-based research. Residents will partner with community organizations and leaders in their work. Project and career mentorship from faculty is an integral part of the experience and will be tailored to meet the needs of each individual resident. Emphasis will also be placed on personal growth and development, including opportunities for self-reflection, inquiry and exploration of personal history.
Why choose the Health Equity Track?
You are interested in becoming a leader in the field of pediatric health equity and are seeking dedicated training in recognizing and addressing structural causes of health inequity, including development of leadership skills, formation of community partnerships, support for advocacy and scholarships, and understanding how to mobilize resources to create effective change.
You are interested in building inclusive partnerships with community members and organizations to advocate for communities that are furthest from health justice.
You have lived experiences in health or other social inequities and you are motivated to reflect and build on your personal strengths to become a leading voice of change.
How will residents’ time be spent?
During the first year (PGY1), residents wil have two months focused on building advocacy and clinical skills, developing community partnerships and learning strategies to develop and evaluate sustainable interventions for child health. Residents will build their continuity clinic patient panels in partnership with Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC) and the Pediatric Clinic at Harborview. Residents are also encouraged to explore the impact and role of health equity across the clinical care spectrum, regardless of ultimate career trajectory.
The second and third years (PGY2 and PGY3) will be focused on community care as well as project and scholarship development and implementation. Residents will have three to four months of protected time each year to dedicate to community-based projects and ongoing partnerships with local community organizations.
As in our categorical program, our Health Equity Track residents will also participate in our WWAMI rotation during the PGY2 year. This rotation gives our trainees the unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience with primary care in the rural setting and to better understand the needs of patients outside of the greater Seattle area.
Longitudinal mentorship and personal development curriculum will be incorporated across the three-year training program. The remaining months across the three years of residency will be focused on inpatient and intensive care medicine, subspecialty electives and ED rotations at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington.
Primary Training Sites
Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC)
Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC) is an inner-city community clinic of Seattle Children’s Hospital providing medical, nutrition, dental and child behavioral health services to children and adolescents. The clinic was built during the Civil Rights Era of the 1960s to serve the African American community of Seattle’s Central District with the vision of “quality care with dignity.” OBCC continues to predominantly serve diverse, low-income communities including immigrants and refugees and families facing homelessness, participating in treatment programs or in the foster care system. The clinic is also home to Seattle Children’s Sickle Cell Program and a site for providing gender-affirming care. OBCC is located in Seattle’s Central District and a second location, currently under construction in Seattle’s Rainier Valley, is anticipated to open in 2021. Clinic faculty are faculty of the University of Washington Division of General Pediatrics and are actively involved in advocacy efforts for patients and families in the community surrounding OBCC.
The Children’s Clinic at Harborview
The Pediatric Clinic at Harborview is located at Harborview Medical Center, a 400-bed public hospital owned by King County, governed by a county board of appointed trustees and managed by the University of Washington. Harborview Medical Center is the Level 1 burn and trauma center for the WWAMI region, and the location of many patient-centered medical homes across the lifespan. The Pediatric Clinic is an active, multidisciplinary outpatient primary care clinic that is the patient-centered medical home for many diverse populations, including those who are low-income, facing homelessness, in foster care, prefer to speak a language other than English or are immigrants or refugees. The clinic also is Washington’s first Foster Care Center of Excellence, home to the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, and the pediatric arm of the Refugee Health Promotion Project. Clinic providers are faculty of the University of Washington Division of General Pediatrics and are engaged in research, policy, public health and advocacy efforts in partnership with community organizations and families to improve the safety, health and wellbeing of the community.
University of Washington Medical Center
The University of Washington (UW) Medical Center is a 260-bed university hospital that is home to our Level IV Neonatal ICU and Newborn Nursery.
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle Children’s Hospital is a 260-bed hospital located serving the children of Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. It is the primary inpatient training site for our pediatric residents and is also home to numerous specialty outpatient clinics. Faculty at Seattle Children’s Hospital also have faculty appointments at the University of Washington and are involved with care of children across the Pacific Northwest.
How do I apply to the Health Equity Track?
As with the other individualized training tracks (Alaska, Neurology, Research, Medical Genetics) of the UW Pediatric Residency program, the Health Equity Track residents will be firmly integrated within the categorical program and are a part of the larger family of the pediatric residency program.
Given the dedicated time allocated to community-based projects and skill building, there is a separate match number to apply to the Health Equity Track. To be considered for both the categorical program and the Health Equity Track, you must apply to each separately using their individual match numbers.
Please follow the instructions on how to apply to the University of Washington/Seattle Children's Pediatric Residency Program.
- Heather McPhillips, MD, MPH, residency program director
- Sabreen Akhter, DO, director, Health Equity Track
- Anisa Ibrahim, MD, site director, Harborview Clinic
- Lenna Liu, MD, MPH, site director, Odessa Brown
- Celeste Quitiquit, MD, associate program director
- Elena Griego, MD, associate program director