Gaining leadership skills and experience is achieved in many ways. UW LEAH hands-on leadership activities are designed to assist trainees develop knowledge and skills in areas that include family-centered practice, research, public health policy, advocacy, and education. All UW LEAH trainees are required to participate in at least one of the following activities:
- UW LEAH committees, which inform the program's community efforts, clinical training, recruitment, program evaluation, and dissemination strategies
- Washington State Title V Program
- Adolescent Health Legislative Day (Olympia, WA)
UW LEAH trainees are encouraged to design independent leadership activities to meet their own unique interests. Independent leadership experiences are arranged in coordination with the trainee’s faculty mentor or other UW LEAH faculty. Past opportunities have included:
- SAHM (Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine) annual meeting,
- attending the LEAH National Meeting in Washington D.C. (for all MCH LEAH programs in the U.S.)
- Project that fulfills the trainee’s academic thesis or dissertation requirement;
- Pilot research study;
- Survey research for a needs study or to assess quality of service and/or client satisfaction;
- Product or resource for use in clinical service or training.
UW LEAH trainees present their leadership project at the Annual Presentation of Trainee Leadership Projects, typically held in early June. Preparation of a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal is a final outcome for many leadership projects.