Announcing new roles of Dr. Earlise Ward & Dr. Carmen Valdez in CCHE!

The Center would like to announce and congratulate Dr. Earlise Ward on accepting a new appointment with CCHE, recognizing and extending her contributions to the development and offering of the annual Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI) as well as her mentoring and support to health equity scholars at UW and elsewhere.  Since completing HELI in 2010,   Dr. Ward has secured an R01 and tenure, currently serving as an Associate Professor in the UW School of Nursing. She is also a Licensed Psychologist. To learn more about Dr. Ward, please see her School of Nursing biography.


We would also like to recognize Dr. Carmen Valdez for accepting a new appointment within CCHE!  Dr. Valdez, a 2012 HELI Scholar, is now the faculty director of the Advancing Health Equity and Diversity (AHEAD) program! AHEAD is co-sponsored by the Research Education Career Development (REC) core of ICTR with the endorsement and support of the directors of five constituent programs: Dr. Gloria Sarto (Director, Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health and Health Disparities Research Scholars), Dr. Patricia Kokotailo (Director, School of Medicine and Public Health’s Centennial Scholars Program), Bruce Barrett (Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Research Fellowship) and Dr. Stephanie Robert (Director, RWJ Health & Society Scholars Program).  AHEAD is sharing resources, expertise and networking opportunities for scholars from these four programs who are committed to addressing health inequities and minority health disparities. Dr. Valdez will lead the AHEAD Program Directors in developing a ‘community of scholarship’ with career development and networking opportunities for mid-career scholars. Dr. Valdez is also a Licensed Professional Psychologist and an Associate Professor with a primary affiliation to the Department of Counseling Psychology. To learn more about Dr. Valdez please see her School of Education biography.

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