Staff

Amanda DeBato MPA is the Manager of Finance and Administration and her responsibilities encompass managing the business and administrative affairs of the center, providing expertise in the area of fiscal management, expenditure forecasting, strategic planning, operations, and human resources. She holds a Master Degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington.

Brian Davis is Administrative Assistant to Dr. Leo Morales at the UW Center for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. He’s previously worked for the University of Washington as an Executive Assistant in Transportation Services. Additionally, Brian’s experience includes serving as Program Assistant with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Policy and Advocacy Team, Executive Assistant to the Commissioners of the Port of Seattle and as Assistant to the Board of Directors of Sound Transit. Brian, himself, serves on the Board of Directors of Gay City Health Project, where he promotes wellness in Seattle’s LGBT community, including LGBT people of color.

Janice Sabin, PhD, MSW, Research Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, is working with CEDI to develop a best practices approach to increase faculty diversity in the University of Washington, School of Medicine. Janice is one of the first investigators in the nation to apply the science of unconscious bias to health care disparities research. Her research includes examining the role of implicit and explicit bias (weight, race, age, gender, sexual orientation, other) in health care, provider stereotypes of persons with mental illnesses, patient-provider communication, provider perceptions of patient medical adherence, and the association of physician/provider bias with quality of care. http://faculty.washington.edu/sabinja/

Norma Alicia Pino is the Director for Multicultural Education for the Center for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (CEDI). She oversees courses offered through CEDI such as the Indian Health Issues course, African American Health and Health Disparities, as well as the Hispanic Health and Health Disparities, Clinical Management of Transgender Health and the LGBTQ Health courses. NormaAlicia also coordinates the certification of students in the Indian Health Pathway and the Hispanic/Latino Health Pathway. She is of Purépecha, Comcáac and Guaicura heritage and from a farmworker family who immigrated to the United States from Mexico.  Her background is in cultural anthropology, education, parent/community work, anti-oppression studies and theater.  Her primary interests are in Indigenous Science, Medical Education, Psychodrama and Writing.  She holds a Master’s degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College in California.

Nora is the Director of Community Partnership and Development in the Center of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI). Her responsibilities include developing and strengthening partnerships throughout the WWAMI region which includes the Schools of Medicine, community based organizations and clinics and other strategic partners. She also partners with student organizations and professional groups to collaborate in developing mentoring and educational opportunities across our campuses. She is also developing connections with our alumni. Nora is of Mexican origin. Her father and his family immigrated into this country from Mexico as migrant farmworkers. She was born and raised in Eastern Washington where her family settled. She was the first in her family to obtain a college education. Nora also works with the University of Washington Latino Center for Health as the Coordinator of Partnerships, with the goal of growing research opportunities for those interested in Latino Health issues throughout the WWAMI region. For further information see Latinocenterforhealth.org. Nora enjoys serving as a Commissioner for the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs. In this role her area of interest is in health inclusive of mental, physical and environmental health. Because of this role, she currently participates on the Governor’s Interagency Council on Health Disparities; the Speaker of the House Task Force on Mental Health; and the Governor’s Council on the Healthiest Next Generation.

Leo S. Morales, MD, PhD, is Professor of Medicine, Chief Diversity Officer and Director of the Center for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the School of Medicine at the University of Washington. Prior to joining UW, he has held faculty appoints at UCSF, UCLA and the Group Health Research Institute. Dr. Morales’s research has focused on measurement of patient reported outcomes in diverse populations, and minority health and health disparities including immigrant and Latino Health. Dr. Morales graduated from the University of Washington’s School of Medicine and completed a residency in primary care internal medicine at UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital. He completed a research fellowship in primary care at UCLA and received his Ph.D. in Policy Studies from the RAND Graduate School. He also received a M.P.H. in Health Services from the University of Washington.

Dan Olson is the Research Analyst for the Center for Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (CEDI) at the UWSOM. He works with CEDI staff and various School of Medicine Departments and Deans office operational units to design and coordinate data collection, define and track metrics and other research analysis consistent with fulfilling the CEDI mission. Dan assists in identification and development of measurable objectives and system design to evaluate projects and programs. Additionally he manages collections of input, process and outcome data. He also manages and maintains the CEDI website. Dan has worked for MAP/OMCA/CEDI since 1992, and holds a Masters of Science from Michigan State University.

Danielle Ishem is the Director of Workforce Development for the Center for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI). Danielle previously worked at Seattle Children’s hospital in positions directly related to addressing the needs of those most adversely affected by the social determinants of health. Danielle has a background in International health working previously in the Department of Global Health at the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) and serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea, West Africa. Danielle is a Black American and Seattle native. She holds Masters Degrees in Public Health and Public Administration from the University of Washington, and a BA in Political Science from Howard University.