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Health Services Annual Celebration 2020

Health Services Annual Celebration 2020


On January 9th we celebrated the Department of Health Services. We were thrilled to be surrounded by our alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends, and felt so much pride, seeing our community come together to celebrate our shared work.

This reunion was a chance to recognize and honor the vibrant diversity of our department and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the School’s founding in 1970. Dr. Wendy Ellis’ keynote address inspired us to continue building strength and community resilience in the face of adversity, and doctoral student Shanise Owens shared her passion for social justice and the role that the HSEED award is playing in her educational success. Throughout the evening, a common thread emerged: the importance of joining together to address public health inequities rooted in systemic oppression and racism. Now more than ever, it is critical that we renew our dedication to training the next generation of health services leaders, building healthier communities, and discovering what works and how to implement it. 

During the celebration, we spoke about the Health Services Excellence, Equity and Distinction (HSEED) Award, established by the Department of Health Services in 2016. The HSEED Award is an important part of our efforts to increase the number of professionals from diverse backgrounds working in the field of public health. You can read the inspiring stories from some of this year’s awardees on our website, here.

Together, our community raised an impressive total of $2,765 for the HSEED Award the evening of the event, and today we invite you to join us. Please give to our HSEED Award today. Your gifts help to offset the cost of tuition for our students, and diversify our student body. With your help, our potential is truly boundless.

Finally, we wanted to share the evening’s photos with you. They are available to view and download here. We hope you enjoy them!

Thank you again for your dedication and generosity to our department. We are honored to belong to such a talented and dedicated group of people, and we are grateful for your partnership.

Best wishes for a happy and peaceful New Year,

Jeffrey R. Harris, MD, MPH, MBA
Professor and Chair
Department of Health Services
UW School of Public Health