Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Program

The Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Program, funded by the federal Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, provides interdisciplinary leadership training in adolescent health for five core disciplines including medicine, nursing, nutrition, psychology, and social work. The pre- and postdoctoral training prepares health professionals for leadership roles in public health practice and clinical care, research, training, and advocacy with the goal of improving family- and youth-centered, community-based care for adolescents and enhancing the capacity of programs around the country to improve young people's health. This program is sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).

Long term trainees complete a minimum of 300 hours of training over the course of the academic year. The program is also recruiting advanced learners of mid-career short-term (<40 hours) and medium-term (40 to 299 hours) trainees each year. Stipends are only available to long term trainees. The training year runs from September through May and the didactic sessions and interdisciplinary practice clinics are held each Monday. In addition, all long-term trainees are required to attend 4 Leadership Trainings and will complete a scholarly project to advance the field of adolescent and young adult health and contribute to the translation of research into practice and policy.

The curriculum consists of nine modules that cover the following areas:

  • Overview of MCH System of Care/Life course Development Framework; Introduction to the DAYAM and to Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Biopsychosocial model of Adolescent and Young Adult health and Development
  • Social Determinants of Health and Cultural Diversity
  • Trauma Informed Care/Interpersonal Violence/Vulnerable Populations
  • Sexual Health and Gender Issues
  • Public Systems and Vulnerable Youth
  • Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse
  • Nutritional Disorders
  • Chronic Illness, Special health Care Needs, and Transition to Adult Services

You can learn more about the program by downloading the flyer.

The LEAH Program at CHLA will take place from September 16, 2024, to May 12, 2025. We encourage interested participants to submit their application early, since we will be reviewing submissions as they come in. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by Friday, June 13, 2024. However, the LEAH Program will accept applications on a rolling basis through Friday, June 28, 2024.

Download the application here.

Click here to submit electronic application.

Questions? Email us at LEAH@chla.usc.edu.

Mailing Address:

The CHLA LEAH Program    
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles    
4650 Sunset Blvd., MS #2    
Los Angeles, CA 90027