Summer Medical & Dental Education Program

SMDEP is a free, six-week summer enrichment program that strengthens the academic proficiency of college students from underrepresented and/or disadvantaged backgrounds interested in pursuing careers in medicine and dentistry. SMDEP introduces scholars to the academic realities of medical or dental school in order to help them be successful in their medical or dental school applications.

Advancing CBPR Practice through a Collective Reflection and Measurement Toolkit

Community-Engaged Research (CEnR) is key to NIH goals of reduced health disparities, diversified research workforce, increased minority enrollment in research, and enhanced external validity of research findings.  Despite rapid CEnR growth with much experimentation and innovation, a shared measurement and evaluation science is still minimal.  The goal of this project is to refine and test evidence-based measures and tools of CEnR partnering processes and outcomes (proximal, intermediate, and distal) with national CEnR partnerships.

University of Washington Health Professions Academy

The University of Washington’s health sciences schools are concerned about the decreasing number of competitive applicants from Washington State who are from disadvantaged backgrounds and from racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in the health sciences.  The goal of this project is to bring together the university’s professional schools to leverage our collective strengths and provide financial and intellectual resources to recruit high performing and highly motivated disadvantaged and URM sophomores, juniors, and seniors into a collaborative professional development program.

Disparities in Chronic Illness Care for Patients with Language Barriers

Approximately 55 million people in the United States report speaking a foreign language at home and nearly 45% of these individuals (~25 million) report limited English proficiency. Project goals are to investigate the impact of language barriers on medication adherence and treatment intensification in patients with diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia and to identify modifiable factors for targeting future interventions to enhance outcomes.