Grant Title: Leadership Education in Adolescent Health
Sara Sherer, PhD
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
The Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is submitting an application to the Maternal and Child Health Bureau for the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Program, in order to strengthen, deepen, and expand our interdisciplinary training program and prepare maternal and child health leaders in adolescent and young adult health.
LEAH funds will be used to elevate the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine’s existing academic training into a program explicitly dedicated to training physicians, psychologists, nurses, nutritionists, and social workers for leadership positions in clinical care, public health, research, policy, and advocacy.
The need for robust interdisciplinary graduate and post-graduate education in Adolescent and Young Adult Health at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles emerges from:
- data highlighting the unique and unmet health care needs of adolescents and young adults nationally;
- emerging populations of youth that have not been well served by the health care system, including transition age youth, LGBTQ youth, and system involved youth, as a key focus for policy and planning;
- the increased need for public policies that address the social determinants of health and recognize the importance of leaders in adolescent health to address these;
- the need for of applied research and dissemination: and
- changes in the health care delivery system driven that place youth at risk of receiving fragmented, inadequate health care.
CHLA proposes to:
- develop leaders in adolescent and young adult health across the 5 core MCH disciplines;
- increase access to high quality, culturally competent adolescent- and family-involved interdisciplinary health care services for adolescent and young adults in diverse clinical settings;
- stimulate critical thinking among CHLA LEAH trainees to generate new knowledge in the field of adolescent and young adult health and translate knowledge to practice;
- promote collaboration and systems level change to improve access to care and enhance the quality of life for adolescent and young adults; and
- build the capacity and meet the training needs of interdisciplinary professionals and trainees through the provision of continuing education, consultation, and technical assistance.