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Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Project

at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Trainee Liaison: Melissa Gallardo 


Contact Information:


Project Director:

Sara Sherer, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics |

University of Southern California I Keck School of Medicine

Director of Behavioral Services I

Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine I

Psychology Training Director
USC University Center for Excellence in 
Developmental Disabilities

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

4650 Sunset Blvd., Mailstop #53 |  Los Angeles, CA 90027
Ph: 323.361.6011/4771  | Fax: 323.361.8305 I




Program Profile:




The CHLA 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).


Our mission is to train future leaders in adolescent health with the goal of reducing health disparities, as well as improving health equity and services delivery for adolescents.



CHLA LEAH is a comprehensive nine month training program that runs from October through June and didactic sessions as well as interdisciplinary practice clinics are held each Monday. In addition, there are four required leadership trainings throughout the year. Our curriculum consists of nine modules that cover the following areas:


  • Overview of the Maternal Child Health System of Care/Life Course Development Framework: Introduction to the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine 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 of Adult Services



CHLA LEAH fellows participate in mentored, hands-on, and educational trainings in adolescent health, focusing on interdisciplinary practice, leadership skills, research, public health, advocacy, and policy.  Long term trainees complete a minimum of 300 hours of training over the course of the academic year.  The program also recruits 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. 




CHLA LEAH faculty will support all long-term trainees to 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.

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