Children's Hospital has named Dr. Douglass Jackson as the chief of the Center for Diversity and Health Equity.
Jackson most recently worked at the University of Washington, where he served as associate dean of the Office of Educational Partnerships & Diversity at the School of Dentistry, among other positions.
"Children's Hospital is already doing amazing things to ensure families are getting when they need in a culturally appropriate way," Jackson said. "They're already doing that – for me this is about taking that to the next level."
Prior to his time at the university, Jackson was a research associate and clinical instructor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, and clinical instructor and consultant at the University of Minnesota.
"Dr. Jackson is an accomplished researcher and has a wealth of experience focused on identifying and reducing health disparities and increasing diversity in the health profession," said Pat Hagan, hospital president and chief operating officer.
Jackson is the director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded grant Pipeline Profession and Practice, and is co-director of the Summer Medical/Dental Education Program, in partnership with the University of Washington School of Medicine.
He is one of only 33 individuals in the U.S. to be selected for the Disparities Leadership Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The program is the first of its kind in the nation, and is designed for health care leaders who are seeking to develop practical strategies to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities.
Teamwork is his passion, Jackson said.
"The first thing I'm looking for is to make sure hat we're recognizing the team," he said. Jackson is an active member in several professional societies and committees, including the Washington State Association of Black Professionals in Health Care and the National Association of Medical Minority Educators.