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Health Systems Excellence, Equity, and Distinction (HSEED) Award

The UW Department of Health Systems and Population Health (HSPop) established the Health Systems Excellence, Equity, and Distinction (HSEED) Award in 2016 to increase diversity in public health. The award provides support for people who are LGBTQIA+, veterans, community members of color, from lower income backgrounds, and/or have disabilities.

Shanise Owens

“This award allowed me to fully concentrate on my first quarter of coursework for my Ph.D. program. I am appreciative of the award, as it helped to offset expenses for relocating from the east coast to the west coast.”

– Shanise Owens, Health Services Doctorate (Ph.D.)

HSEED Award Details

Every year, the HSEED Award provides up to $5,000 in tuition support to outstanding students across our academic programs. Recipients are honored for their academic merit, diversity of experiences and backgrounds, and potential for leadership in public health.

The application process varies by program.

HSEED Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the HSEED Award students must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a current or incoming student in the UW Department of Health Systems and Population Health
  • Demonstrate outstanding academic merit and leadership potential in public health

Individual programs may require consideration of additional criteria.

First preference is given to students who contribute to the diversity of the incoming class. Examples include, but are not limited to, people who are:

  • From disadvantaged economic, social, cultural, and/or educational backgrounds
  • Underrepresented because of oppression related to race and/or ethnicity (such as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islander)
  • LGBTQ+
  • Physically and/or mentally disabled
  • Military veterans

HSEED Application Information

Application information is provided by academic program.

Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics and Health Information Management (HIHIM)

Submission Process: Applications are submitted directly to the program. They are not part of the admissions process. See details on the program’s cost and aid page.

Application Info

Master of Health Informatics and Health Information Management (HIHIM)

Submission Process: Applications are submitted directly to the program. They are not part of the admissions process. See details on the program’s cost and aid page.

Application Info

Executive Master of Health Administration (MHA)

Submission Process: Applications are submitted directly to the program. They are not part of the admissions process. See details on the program’s cost and aid page.

Application Info

Master of Health Administration (MHA)

Submission Process: Applications are submitted directly to the program. They are not part of the admissions process. See details on the program’s cost and aid page.

Application Info

Community-Oriented Public Health Practice Master of Public Health (COPHP MPH)

Submission Process: Applicants submit their HSEED application when they apply to the program through SOPHAS, a centralized application service for public health schools. Applicants will need to state how they are eligible for the HSEED Award (details on the program admissions page).

Submission Deadline: Same as the program admissions application deadline

Recipient Notified By: Before autumn quarter begins

Admissions Info

Online Master of Public Health (MPH)

Submission Process: Applicants submit their HSEED application when they apply to the program through SOPHAS, a centralized application service for public health schools. Applicants will need to state how they are eligible for the HSEED Award (details on the program admissions page).

Submission Deadline: Same as the program admissions application deadline

Recipient Notified By: First quarter of enrollment

Admissions Info

Health Systems and Population Health Master of Public Health (MPH)

Submission Process: Applicants submit their HSEED application when they apply to the program through SOPHAS, a centralized application service for public health schools. Applicants will need to state how they are eligible for the HSEED Award (details on the program admissions page).

Submission Deadline: Same as the program admissions application deadline

Recipient Notified By: Before autumn quarter begins

Admissions Info

Please note: HSEED Health Services MPH applications are considered with HSEED MS applications, and only one award is given between the two programs.

Health Systems and Population Health Master of Science (M.S.)

Submission Process: Applicants submit their HSEED application during the annual admissions application process through the UW Graduate School. Applicants will need to state how they are eligible for the HSEED Award (details on the program admissions page).

Submission Deadline: Same as the program admissions application deadline

Recipient Notified By: Start of the autumn quarter

Admissions Info

Please note: HSEED MS applications are considered with HSEED Health Services MPH applications, and only one award is given between the two programs.

Health Services Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Submission Process: There is no formal application process for Ph.D. students. All Ph.D. applicants who are eligible and submit a complete UW Graduate School application to the program are considered.

Submission Deadline: Same as the program admissions application deadline

Recipient Notified By: Before autumn quarter begins

Admissions Info

Additional Student Resources

The UW Department of Health Systems and Population Health (HSPop) has a list of financial support and student resources, including student services such as counseling, housing, and/or child care, among others.

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HSEED Impact and Recipients

Our ability to meet the public health challenges of the future is dependent on recruiting and retaining students who share the lived experiences of the communities that they serve. The HSEED award supports students from diverse backgrounds to excel within their chosen programs and studies, ultimately helping increase diversity in the public health workforce and leadership.

Support for the HSEED fund makes a difference in our collaborative efforts to contribute to diversifying the public health profession.

Together, we can make a difference.

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Kush Doshi

“The HSEED award has allowed me to pursue my dream of serving the communities I come from. Furthermore, the award gave me greater flexibility to spend more time pursuing my professional goals, such as connecting with health equity champions in the Seattle area.”

– Kush Doshi, Master of Health Administration (MHA)

HSEED Recipients by Year

2019-2020

  • COPHP MPH: Tracy Yeung
  • Online MPH: Paige Lispcome
  • Bachelor of Science in HIHIM: John Doan
  • Master of HIHIM: Christopher Lanphear
  • MHA: Kush Doshi
  • Executive MHA: Yuliya Shirokova
  • Health Services MPH: Daisy Parra-Padilla
  • Health Services Ph.D.: Shanise Owens

2018-2019

  • COPHP MPH: Marissa Hesketh and Marissa Jauregui
  • Online MPH: Gloria Lockwood
  • Bachelor of Science in HIHIM: Hiwot Bire
  • Master of HIHIM: Andrea Navarrete
  • MHA: Eric Solano Garcia
  • Executive MHA: Tom Pittman
  • Health Services MPH: Santino Giovanni Camacho
  • Health Services Ph.D.: Raymond Ruiz

2017-2018

  • Online MPH: Leah Wainman
  • Bachelor of Science in HIHIM: Nada Yousif
  • Master of HIHIM: Ahmad Kamiab
  • MHA: Abisayo Ariwoola
  • Executive MHA: Saibo Tunkara
  • Health Services MPH: Marissa Jackson

2016-2017

  • COPHP MPH: Gabriel Cortez
  • Online MPH: Roger Kim
  • Bachelor of Science in HIHIM: Jessica Gabuyo
  • Master of HIHIM: Habtu Hailu Demeke and Benjamin Akimana
  • MHA: Dalila Zelkanovic
  • Executive MHA: Esmeralda Switzer
  • Health Services MPH: Noelia Flores
  • Health Services Ph.D.: Amy Edmonds

HSEED Recipient Bios

Select HSEED award recipients share a bit about themselves and how the award made an impact on their academic studies and goals.

Abisayo Ariwoola

Program: Master of Health Administration

Abisayo Ariwoola

Abisayo Ariwoola is a second-year student in the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program.

Says Abisayo, “I believe care should be universal and I am passionate about making sure that it is delivered in a way that is fair, equitable and inclusive.

I hope to bolster this passion as a health administrator focused on strategy, finance and operations in a large health system.

I am grateful for the HSEED award as it has allowed me the time to truly focus on the MHA curriculum, and to participate in a host of additional enriching experiences outside of the classroom.”

Hiwot Bire

Program: Bachelor of Science in HIHIM

Hiwot Bire

Hiwot Bire is a first-year student in her second quarter of the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Informatics & Health Information Management (HIHIM) program.

Says Hiwot, “I am so thankful to have received this HSEED award. Without this award I would not have been able to continue my education due to the financial burden. Getting this award has helped me to focus more on my education instead of worrying about my debt.

My goal is to finish my education and get certified as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA). In addition, I want to support the HSEED program in the future.”

Santino Giovanni Camacho

Program: Health Services MPH

Santino Giovanni Camacho

Santino Giovanni Camacho is a first-year student in the Health Services MPH program pursuing a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS).

Says Santino, “I aspire to do research to help improve mental health and other health disparities in the queer Pacific Islander community.

The HSEED scholarship has provided me with both the monetary support and the amazing opportunity to gain public health experience. Migai Ma’ase! (Thank you!)

I intend to continue my career by achieving a Ph.D. I hope to be a role model and inspire both Pacific Islander and Queer students to succeed in higher education, and to conduct research to help improve health conditions for our community members.”

Gabriel Cortez

Program: COPHP MPH

Gabriel Cortez

Gabriel Cortez is a first-generation college graduate pursuing a Community-Oriented Public Health Practice Master of Public Health (COPHP MPH). Through this education, he aims to become a program evaluator to create asset-based evaluations for programs that improve the health and lives of Native Americans. Funding from the HSEED award helped Gabriel offset tuition for his “reach” school and purchase a laptop and printer, critical tools for academic success. The funding will also help Gabriel to reduce the burden of his school loans, and as he states, “allow me a more equitable opportunity to succeed among my peers – top public health students.”

Habtu Demeke

Program: Master of HIHIM

Habtu Demeke

Habtu Demeke is a Master of Health Informatics & Health Information Management (MHIHIM) second-year student, whose long-term goal is creating a safe and high-quality health care environment, because “I really enjoy helping people and giving back to our community.” Habtu adds, “I am grateful for the opportunities opened up by being one of the 2016-2017 HSEED Award Recipients. As you know, when you are on student loans, every penny matters. Receiving this scholarship was very helpful, and reduced my financial burdens.”

Kush Doshi

Program: Master of Health Administration

Kush Doshi

I am a concurrent Master’s student in Health Administration through the School of Public Health and Public Administration through the Evans School of Public Policy of Governance. As a student of color growing up in a socioeconomically struggling family, nothing is more important than my stance on health equity. I aim to use my two degrees to work in Federally Qualified Health Centers and Community Health Centers to improve health outcomes for communities of color.

The HSEED award has allowed me to pursue my dream of serving the communities I come from. Furthermore, the award has allowed greater flexibility in my ability to spend more time pursuing my professional goals such as connecting with health equity champions in the Seattle area.

Amy Edmonds

Program: Health Services Ph.D.

Amy Edmonds

Amy Edmonds is a second-year student in the Health Services Ph.D. program, which is helping her “realize my dreams of becoming a health disparities researcher, and gain the research skills I need to work towards improving health and health services/policies for vulnerable populations.”

Amy says, “I am grateful for the HSEED Award’s support,” for giving her the space to focus on her passions – “helping to organize Lobby Day for Health Equity (an annual, 50+ student initiative that trains and brings students to Olympia every year to discuss legislation that has a bearing on health equity within WA state), and working towards connecting the field of population health research as a volunteer with the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science.”

Noelia Flores

Program: Health Services MPH

Noelia Flores

Noelia Flores is a first-generation college graduate from The Rio Grande Valley in Texas, pursuing her Health Services Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Systems and Policy. Noelia says, “I hope to learn strategies Washington is implementing to improve health care access and quality, so I can help improve the system back home. Without the HSEED Award, I would have stressed over my finances, and lost my flexibility in acquiring valuable experiences in my field of interest.”

Eric Solano Garcia

Program: Master of Health Administration

Eric Solano Garcia

As a son of migrant laborers from Yakima, Washington, I could not have imagined my family’s dreams of me bettering myself becoming a reality, by being here at the University of Washington. I am an authentic leader with a humble upbringing which has driven me to systematically improve the health of our diverse communities by advocating for equitable care. In pursuing a graduate degree in health administration, I desire to make a change in myself so that I can be in a position to make a change around me.

Receiving the HSEED Award has not only provided me with support to pursue my administrative internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, but it is also a reminder to embody gratitude in my accomplishments.

Marissa Jackson

Program: Health Services MPH

Marissa Jackson

Marissa is a second-year Health Services MPH student concentrating in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Says Marissa, “I am interested in the use of storytelling and data to shine a spotlight on reproductive health disparities in communities of color. While at UW, I completed a six-month internship with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where I supported the Grand Challenges team in their efforts to fund innovation in gender equality, maternal and child health, and sanitation. Upon finishing my degree, I intend to pursue my DrPH, and hope to become a leader in eliminating racial disparities in reproductive health at the national level.

I am incredibly grateful for receiving the HSEED Award. I am completely funding my graduate endeavors, and this award has made it financially feasible to pursue a masters degree and gain a skillset in health services and health equity.”

Marissa Jauregui

Program: COPHP MPH

Marissa Jauregui

Marissa Jauregui is a first-year student in the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice Master of Public Health (COPHP MPH) program.

Marissa’s public health focus includes mental health, reproductive health, and health policy. Marissa is a Fulbright scholar who completed an English teaching appointment at the Universidad Politécnica de Yucatán in Mexico in 2018.

Says Marissa, “I believe in engaging and listening to communities to uplift the stories and voices of all people. The HSEED Award gave me the opportunity to attend the University of Washington, and gave me the financial security to pursue my passion for holistic wellness through the healing techniques of naturopathic medicine, meditation, acupuncture, therapy, and self-reflection.”

Roger Kim

Program: Online MPH

Roger Kim

Roger Kim is a second-year student in the Online MPH program. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, a US Army Officer veteran, and a Seattle firefighter.

Roger says: “My goal with an MPH degree is to further my pursuit of public service with a focus on population health through emergency response and planning. The HSEED award has been an honor, and has alleviated my financial burden, allowing me to better focus on the tutelage of my professors and cohort.”

Paige Lispcome

Program: Online MPH

Paige Lispcome

First-year Online MPH student Paige reflects, “One of the reasons I decided to pursue my MPH is because of my passion for health equity and social justice. I currently volunteer at a local nonprofit that supports drug users and sex workers. Based on this and other experiences, I believe I can make the biggest impact through program evaluation and development.”

Paige adds, “The HSEED Award will allow me the opportunity to follow my academic dream by offsetting some of the costs associated with traveling between my hometown of Washington, DC and Seattle. Upon graduating from UW, I would like to further my desire of being an agent of change for my community, both local and global, hopefully through the U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps.”

Gloria Lockwood

Program: Online MPH

Gloria Lockwood

First-year Online MPH student Gloria reflects, “I currently provide direct patient care, but as my knowledge and understanding of the health care system has grown, I have come to want to support patients on a macro scale. I believe that health promotion is not just about ‘changing their behaviors,’ but also about understanding how the larger environment impacts patients’ well-being and health outcomes.

The HSEED Award has given me support to offset some of the burden of tuition costs, which is immensely helpful and greatly appreciated. More than that, however, this award signifies that there is a committee of people who believe in the goals I have set for myself, and in the communities I intend to serve.”

Shanise Owens

Program: Health Services Ph.D.

Shanise Owens

Health Services doctoral student Shanise Owens reflects, “I am thrilled to be in a doctoral program that will strengthen my analytic skills while also developing my leadership abilities. The HSEED Award provided an opportunity for me to smoothly transition into pursuing my purpose to work on research to address disparities in mental health services.”

Shanise adds, “This award allowed for me to fully concentrate on my first quarter of coursework for my Ph.D. program. And I am appreciative of the award as it helped to offset expenses related to relocating from the east coast to the west coast.”

Raymond Ruiz

Program: Health Services Ph.D.

Raymond Ruiz

Raymond is a first-year student in the Health Services Ph.D. program. Raymond intends to pursue his doctoral Area of Emphasis in Health Behavior and Social Determinants of Health. Says Raymond, “I hope to have a meaningful impact on the field of community-based public health research by becoming a health disparities researcher focused on reducing health inequities for sexual and gender minorities.

I am grateful to have been selected as one of the recipients of the HSEED Award. This award helped me to offset the costs of moving to Seattle to pursue my Ph.D. at the University of Washington, and it has enabled me to purchase a laptop, textbooks, and other necessary school supplies.”

Yuliya Shiokova

Program: Executive Master of Health Administration

Yuliya Shiokova

Julia says, “Thank you for your generous support of students in the UW Executive Master of Health Administration program. I am thrilled to be a recipient of the HSEED Scholarship. With this award, I will have extra time and the peace of mind to focus on learning.

I am currently in my first year of the EMHA program and I’m enjoying the program. The interaction with other health care professionals in a learning environment is very helpful and the information on healthcare models from around the world is inspiring.

While in this program I hope to deepen my knowledge in healthcare administration, actively contribute to the development of the next generation of leaders, form strong relationships, grow in my career and become the best Administrator I can be for the staff in my clinic.

Thank you for your belief in my potential and the financial assistance.”

Esmeralda Switzer

Program: Executive Master of Health Administration

Esmeralda Switzer

Esmeralda Switzer is a second-year student in the Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA) program.

Says Esmeralda, “The HSEED is more than monetary assistance, it’s hope, support and encouragement that my goals and aspirations are worth every ounce of work and determination.

As I increase my breadth within Sea Mar Community Health Centers, I am excited about my ability to fulfill the mission of providing excellent, accessible health care to the underserved and diverse communities of Western Washington.

One day, I hope to give back to programs that support the education of our youth, inspire the next generation of healthcare professionals, and thrive in an operations role where I can take part in improving quality and access to health care in rural communities.

I am incredibly thankful for the donors to the HSEED Award, and those that believed in me enough to choose me as an award recipient. There truly isn’t a better gift than to be validated for what you stand for. Thank you!”

Tracy Yeung

Program: COPHP MPH

Tracy Yeung

Community-Oriented Public Health Practice Master of Public Health (COPHP MPH) program student Tracy Yeung reflects, “I came to the U.S. from Hong Kong and grew up in a very diverse community. Much of my volunteer and work experience has been with low-income, limited-English speaking, elderly, and/or disabled communities. Through the COPHP MPH, I want to learn skills to empower and improve the health of marginalized, underserved populations. Specifically, I am interested in policy analysis and program evaluation. The HSEED award provides me significant financial relief and I am humbled and grateful to receive this award.”

Dalila Zelkanovic

Program: Master of Health Administration

Dalila Zelkanovic

Dalila Zelkanovic is a second-year Master of Health Administration (MHA) student. Through the MHA program, Dalila is “eager to learn how to ensure effective health care services are delivered. Upon graduation, I see myself in a role that supports care delivery- improving access to appropriate and equitable care. Receiving the HSEED Award reinforced my personal conviction towards health equity, as well as the university’s commitment to equity.”