UW LEAH Vision: A world in which all adolescents have access to culturally competent, interdisciplinary, family-centered care, thus reducing risk behaviors and improving health outcomes.

UW LEAH Program Goals: The goal of the UW LEAH is to shape the future of adolescent health in the United States through the training of the next generation of interdisciplinary adolescent health leaders who are empowered to address disparities in adolescent health and healthcare both locally and nationally.

Specific training goals include:

  • To engage, develop and support diverse leaders in adolescent health in five key adolescent health disciplines (medicine, nursing, nutrition, psychology, and social work) as well as in other fields critical to adolescent health.
  • To develop innovative approaches to leadership training and research in order to improve adolescent health locally, regionally, and nationally.
  • To train and support leaders who are empowered to promote health equity and wellness and to reduce health disparities in order to improve quality and accessibility in health and healthcare for adolescents.

The UW Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Program (UW LEAH) is a graduate level interdisciplinary training program dedicated to training graduate students, post-graduate fellows, and mid-career adolescent health professionals in five key adolescent health disciplines:

  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

UW LEAH uniquely prepares trainees to assume leadership roles in their respective fields and insures a high level of interdisciplinary clinical competence in providing health and related services for adolescents and their families. Participation in the training program prepares trainees to meet the UW LEAH Leadership Competencies and MCHB Competencies.
UW LEAH fellows participate in mentored clinical and research training experiences. They also receive advanced training in interdisciplinary practice, leadership skills, research, public health, advocacy, public policy, reducing health disparities, and improving health equity and health services delivery for adolescents through didactic coursework. Clinical training opportunities are available in communities, institutional training sites (e.g. school based health, juvenile detention), tertiary care settings, and in outreach programs to rural settings. Clinical areas of emphasis include:




  • Cultural competency
  • Nutrition
  • Eating disorders and obesity
  • Chemical dependency
  • Behavioral and mental health
  • Homeless youth care
  • Community health promotion and prevention
  • Family planning and male health

Our curriculum and conceptual framework highlights the life course perspective and relationships between social and environmental determinants of health, risk and protective factors and adult outcomes.  We benefit from strong local, state/regional, and national partnerships that include families and youth, providers, state and local agencies, and professional organizations. The UW LEAH is funded by a Title V grant from the Maternal Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Family-centered adolescent healthcare, putting families and their concerns first
  • Interdisciplinary team  care management, building relationships among family, professionals, and community service providers
  • Cultural competency, recognizing, respecting, and celebrating diversity
  • Leadership, developing trust and common vision with others to affect action and system change
  • Impact of health equity
  • Research

Learn more about becoming a UW LEAH trainee.