Rosenblatt Community Medicine Endowed Award Fund
This endowment was established in 2007 by Roger Rosenblatt under the Faculty-Staff-Retiree Campaign for Students. The fund will recognize and support the efforts of students who are undertaking an Independent Investigative Inquiry or other independent community medicine project while participating in the R/UOP, CHAP, or IHOP program, or any other program or track within the UWSOM which includes a community medicine component and a student-led project. Distributions from the endowment will be used to provide awards to these students.
This endowment is named after Roger A Rosenblatt M.D., MPH, a faculty member at the UW School of Medicine for over 30 years, and his wife, Fernne S. Rosenblatt. Dr. Rosenblatt was the first resident in family medicine at the University of Washington, and was intimately involved with the development of the WWAMI program, both as a resident and as a faculty member.
Dr. Rosenblatt helped start the National Health Service Corps, a program of the Public Health Service that brings health professionals to under-served communities. His wife, Fernne Rosenblatt, has also spent much of her life working to improve the quality of life in urban and rural communities, and Roger and Fernne met while they were both working to establish new medical practices in under-served communities. They have continued to work together on a variety of projects, including education of rural youth and the creation of a land trust in Eastern Washington.
Dr. Rosenblatt returned to the School of Medicine in 1977, and served as the director of the Family Medicine Clerkship, and then went on to establish the research section in the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Rosenblatt created the WWAMI Rural Health Research center in 1985, and has served as vice chair – and several times as acting chair – of the Department of Family Medicine for over two decades.
For the last 10 years, Dr. Rosenblatt has been the director of the R/UOP program, and in that role he developed the community medicine option (also known as the III-selective 3) for medical students that is the focus of this award. Dr. Rosenblatt has focused his career on improving the availability and quality of health services for disadvantaged groups, and the purpose of this award is to recognize students who make an exemplary contribution to this goal. Fernne Rosenblatt has worked for the last 10 years to improve educational opportunities for rural youth in rural Okanogan County in Washington State, an activity which hopefully will better prepare rural youth for future health-care careers.