leahparentHello gentle readers! I am using this blog as a platform to let you know about an opportunity available to parents of teens aged 10-21, through Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington. The LEAH (Leadership Education in Adolescent Health) needs parent advisers to help guide its program now and in the future. It’s a way to make sure that your experience as a parent of a teen impacts the education of those who will be caring for, advocating for, and working with teens and their families.

I’ve posted the Parent Adviser description below. If you’re interested, please contact Erik at erik.schlocker@seattlechildrens.org or 206-987-1215.

Please send this to any of your friends or family who might be interested!

UW LEAH Parent Advisory Council

The University of Washington Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (UW LEAH) program is a multidisciplinary, interprofessional training program at Seattle Children’s Hospital.  The program is designed to train and shape future leaders in the adolescent health field and currently includes trainees in medicine, nursing, nutrition, and social work.  UW LEAH strives to ensure that its curriculum, materials, and community activities are as relevant as possible to the realities and experiences of being the parent of a teen.  We would love to have a diverse group of parents and caregivers provide ideas, input, and feedback on all aspects of our program to ensure that our program impacts  teens, parents, healthcare providers, and legislators.

Your Role as a UW LEAH Parent Advisor

  • Thoughtful, engaged, articulate parents of adolescents (ages 10-21)
    • Diversity in age, age of children, relationship with healthcare system, SES, race/ethnicity, gender.
    • Parents w/ adolescents coping with:
      • Mental health issues
      • Chronic illness (diabetes, asthma, cystic fibrosis, etc)
      • Disabilities
  • Generate, review, and guide our curriculum and seminar series
  • Critique our website as a training tool and resource center
  • Generate ideas for community technical assistance & outreach, including building parent education courses
  • Make substantive and qualitative contributions/impact on current state of adolescent healthcare
  • Opportunities to educate healthcare professionals and LEAH trainees on adolescent parenting.


Time Commitment: 2 years (minimum)


March 2013

May 2013

September 2013

December 2013

March 2014

May 2014

September 2014

December 2014


UW LEAH will provide a token of gratitude for the generous giving of your time and for your commitment to the improvement of healthcare for adolescents.