Health Equity Research Program

Health Equity Research Grants Program

The Center for Diversity and Health Equity (CDHE) makes three grant awards each fiscal year: the Mentored Scholars Grant, the Seed Research Grant, and the Fellows and Residents’ Health Equity Grant. While each grant has a slightly different focus, the overall goal of the CDHE grant program is to fund projects with an emphasis on advancing health equity work.

The Mentored Scholars Grant has two main goals:
To support post-doctoral fellows soon transitioning to faculty positions and junior faculty focused on child health equity and disparities research (inclusive of clinical, basic, and translational science) for a two-year period to provide them the protected time and mentorship to be able to successfully apply for external funding (e.g., NIH K-series Career Development Award).

To promote and support clinical, basic, and translational research focused on reducing disparities and promoting equity in health and healthcare for children and families of underserved populations (e.g., diverse race and ethnicity, those preferring a language other than English, LGBTQ, differently abled, rural, publicly insured, etc.).

Details and eligibility:

  • Funding is for 12 months and typically begins at the start of the fiscal year. 
  • Types of projects funded: research to identify health disparities, research to develop/evaluate interventions that address health disparities, development of community partnerships, community-engaged research.
  • All early- and mid-career faculty, non-research faculty, trainees and staff are invited to apply. Professor-level faculty are not eligible, but are strongly encouraged to participate as mentors. 
  • Allowable costs include personnel/PI FTE; supplies and equipment; and expenses such as participant incentives, statistical analysis services, translation and interpretation.

FY22-23 Mentored Scholars Request for Applications (RFA)

  • Letters of Intent are due June 15, 2021 by 5pm
  • Applications are due June 28, 2021 by 5pm

Current and Past Grant Recipients


  • Improving use of physical literacy/fitness assessment data in middle schools to increase health equity
    • Pooja Tandon, MD, MPH and Emily Kroshus, ScD, MPH
  • Dissecting the Mechanisms Governing T Cell Function within the Tuberculous Granuloma to Uncover Targets for Host-directed Therapy
    • Benjamin Gern, MD (under the mentorship of Kevin Urdahl, MD, PhD and Michael Gerner, PhD)


  • The Impact of Continuous Glucose Monitors on Lifestyle Behaviors and Glucose Control Among Minority Youth With Type 2 Diabetes
    • Allison LaRoche, MD, MPH
  • Cultural Tailoring of a Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Intervention for Spanish-Speaking Caregivers of Children With Special Health Care Needs
    • Kim Arthur, MPH
  • Sexual Health Technology Among Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth
    • Kym Ahrens, MD, MPH
  • Fostering Equitable Rehabilitation for Hispanic Children After TBI: Bilingual Health Education Video Development
    • Nathalia Jimenez, MD, MPH
  • Understanding Culturally Acceptable and Accessible Developmental and Social Screening for Somali Families
    • Abigail Grant, MD
  • Identifying Differences in Structure and Content of Medical Conversations With and Without Interpreters
    • Kathleen Kieran, MD
  • HIV Prevention for Street-Involved Sexual and Gender Minority Youth: Understanding Barriers and Facilitators to PrEp Uptake
    • Raina Voss, MD
  • Understanding the Impact of a Multidisciplinary Gender Clinic on Mental Health Disparities in Transgender Youth
    • David Breland, MD, MPH
    • Kym Ahrens, MD, MPH
  • Building Community to Address Disparities in Concussion Care for Hispanic Youth
    • Emily Kroshus, ScD, MPH
  • Patient Navigation to Improve Outcomes for Latino Families With Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Felice Orlich, PhD
  • Access to Care for Transgender Youth and Their Families
    • David Breland, MD, MPH
    • Yolanda Evans, MD, MPH
  • Disparities in Functional Outcomes After Inpatient Rehab for Traumatic Brain Injury in Hispanic Children
    • Marissa Osorio, MD
    • Nathalia Jimenez, MD, MPH
  • Experience of Parents/Children of East African Communities Who Received Diabetes Education at Seattle Children's Hospital
    • Kristi Klee, DNP, RN, CPN
  • Monitoring Mental Health Outcomes of Diverse Children and Adolescents
    • Freda Liu, PhD
  • Pediatric Refugee Nutrition and Food Security
    • Beth Dawson-Hawn, MD
  • Understanding Patterns of Interpreter Use in the Pediatric Emergency Department
    • Casey Lion, MD, MPH
  • The TGNC Card: A Community-Based Pilot of an Innovative Tool to Improve the Health of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Adolescents
    • Juanita Hodax, MD
  • Muckleshoot Youth Partnership Project
    • Katherine Katzman, MPH
  • Culturally-Relevant Rehabilitation for American Indian/Alaska Native Children and Youth
    • Molly Fuentes, MD (under the mentorship of Tumaini Coker MD, MPH)
  • Adverse Experiences and Resilience in Refugee Families
    • Beth Dawson-Hahn, MD (under the mentorship of Brian Saelens, PhD and Jason Mendoza, MD, MPH)