Health Equity Research Program

Health Equity Research Grants Program

The Center for Diversity and Health Equity (CDHE) makes three grant awards each fiscal year to new and early researchers at Seattle Children's: the Mentored Scholars Grant, the Seed Research Grant, and the Fellows and Residents’ Health Equity Grant for a total of $140,000 each year. 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:

    1. 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).
    2. 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.).
  • The goal of the Seed Research Grant is to promote and support research focused on reducing disparities and promoting equity in health and healthcare for children and families of under-resourced communities (e.g., diverse race and ethnicity, those preferring a language other than English, LGBTQ, differently abled, rural, publicly insured, etc.). Projects are encouraged, but not required, to involve a community-academic partnership.

  • The goal of the Fellows and Residents’ Health Equity Grant is to provide funding to current fellows or residents who want to do a health equity research project during their training and require additional funding to cover this cost. Our aim is to promote and support research focused on reducing disparities and promoting equity in health and healthcare for children and families of under-resourced communities (e.g., diverse race and ethnicity, those preferring a language other than English, LGBTQ, differently abled, rural, publicly insured, etc.). Projects are encouraged, but not required, to involve a community-academic partnership.

  • Mentored Scholars Grant:

    Dissecting the Mechanisms Governing T Cell Function within the Tuberculous Granuloma to Uncover Targets for Host-directed Therapy - Benjamin Gern, MD

    Seed Research Grant: 

    Improving use of physical literacy/fitness assessment data in middle schools to increase health equity - Pooja Tandon, MD, MPH and Emily Kroshus, ScD, 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)
    • 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, Sc D, 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, and Yolanda Evans, MD, MPH
    • Disparities in Functional Outcomes After Inpatient Rehab for Traumatic Brain Injury in Hispanic Children, Marissa Osorio, MD, and 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