Child Health Equity Research

Child Health Equity Research Program for Post-doctoral Trainees

We are pleased to invite applications for the inaugural class of the Child Health Equity Research Program for Post-doctoral Trainees at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

The Child Health Equity Research Program for Post-doctoral Trainees (CHERPP-T) at the University of Washington School of Medicine (UW) is a mentored, research project-based training program in health equity research that provides trainees with didactic training in rigorous health services and clinical research methodologies, and in community-partnered approaches to research, experiential research training, career development, and a long-term network of mentors, collaborators, and partners for child health equity research.

This is a 2-year (optional 3rd year) research fellowship program in child health equity research, funded by NICHD. Graduate-level coursework can be taken at the UW School of Public Health and can lead to a master’s level Public Health degree, if desired. The fellowship is housed within the UW Department of PediatricsDivision of General Pediatrics. The program directors are Tumaini Coker, MD, MBA, and Jason A. Mendoza, MD, MPH, faculty-scientists with expertise and NIH-grant funding focused on child health equity.

For trainees with clinical degrees, up to 20% of trainees’ time will be spent in outpatient or inpatient clinical work, typically at one of the Division’s clinical sites, most of which provide care for substantial numbers of under-served children. Fellows who are not general pediatricians will be assigned to their own specialty’s clinical setting, with a preference for settings that care for under-served children. Doctoral level trainees (e.g., MD, DO, PhD) will complete the program with the skills and experience necessary to successfully engage in an independent research career focused on reducing disparities and achieving health equity across multiple domains (biological, behavioral, physical/built environment, socio-cultural environment, and healthcare system), and levels of influence on health (individual, interpersonal, community, and societal), and on improving health outcomes at the level of the individual, family/organization, community, and population. This fellowship is unique in that one of its primary goals is to increase the number of under-represented racial/ethnic minority (URM) researchers who are independently-funded scientists in child health equity research. Our recruitment is focused on URM trainees; however, all applicants will be considered.

Applications for the academic year beginning July 1, 2021 are OPEN until October 9, 2020! 

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The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as protected veterans, or status as qualified individuals with disabilities.