Exciting Update from CCHE

We’d like to share some CCHE organizational news.

Sarah EsmondExciting news!

Our colleague Sarah Esmond, who has valiantly maintained a dual role serving as the ICTR Administrator and lending to CCHE since 2015, has decided to step back from ICTR Administration to return her full attention to established and developing CCHE programs. CCHE’s programs and activities have grown tremendously over the past few years. In anticipation of the ICTR renewal and the growing number of equity and diversity initiatives with the SMPH and campus at large, we believe that this transition will enable CCHE to be more fully engaged in these important efforts.

I would like to thank the ICTR Executive Leadership, Drs. Brasier and Burnside, for their full support of this transition (see below). Sarah’s new role will be finalized in collaboration with SMPH HR. We appreciate your patience during this positive undertaking with our organizations! Sarah is anticipated to start in her CCHE role on March 1.

The ICTR Administrator position is now open for recruitment here.

Very best,

Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, PhD
Faculty Director, UW Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE)


Sent: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 9:48 AM
Subject: ICTR Announcement – Sarah Esmond Transition

*** Sent on behalf of Allan Brasier and Beth Burnside ***

It is with mixed feelings that we share the news that our Administrative Director Sarah Esmond, has chosen to step back from her role in ICTR Administration and focus her attention full time on established and developing programs within the Collaborative Center for Health Equity.

Sarah has served as CCHE Director beginning in 2004, and she is passionate about health equity/health disparities and the role of stakeholder engagement in effective, culturally-responsive, and sustainable community-engaged research. In 2015, while continuing her CCHE oversight, she also accepted the broader role of ICTR Administrative Director and has served in that capacity with talent and distinction. Most recently, she provided substantial leadership to the PI transition and to our subsequent Strategic Planning exercise. These responsibilities are just two high profile examples of the many ways she helped us build and expand the ICTR enterprise during her tenure as Administrative Director.

We will miss her hand at the administrative helm, but we are fortunate that Sarah will remain within the ICTR family! Please join us in wishing her all the best as she refocuses her energies on the many exciting developments anticipated at CCHE in the next few years. Thank you, Sarah!

As you can imagine, there are a lot of details still to be worked out and we are collaborating with SMPH HR to finalize the details of this transition as we redefine Sarah’s role. Her anticipated “switchover” date is March 1, 2020.

We are actively recruiting a new Administrative Director – the PVL was posted this Monday. We will share timelines and information about the recruitment process as soon as we are able and appreciate your patience and support during this transition. Stay tuned!

Allan and Beth