Carey Jackson, MD

Director

Dr. Carey Jackson is a professor in the Department of Medicine and an adjunct professor in the Department of Global Health at the UW. At Harborview, he serves as medical director of the International Medicine Clinic, Refugee and Immigrant Health Promotion Program, the Northwest Health and Human Rights Coalition, and Interpreter Services Department. He is a co-founder of the Community House Calls Program and EthnoMed website, and is also an affiliate investigator at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Dr. Jackson is a general internist with graduate training in anthropology and public health, with extensive experience in the practice of cross-cultural medicine, community health promotion and health services research among diverse immigrant patient populations in Seattle. His professional interests include refugee and immigrant health care, health services delivery to the non-English speaking poor, medical anthropology, health disparities and disease prevention. Dr. Jackson has been the recipient of numerous honors for his work, including American College of Physicians Internist of the Year in 2013, Sterling Munro Public Service Teaching Award in 2007 and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Community Health Leadership Award in 1999.
View Dr. Jackson’s CV.

Christine Wilson Owens

Program Supervisor

As Program Supervisor, Christine is responsible for managing operations and finances for EthnoMed. At Harborview since 2001, Christine initially worked as community liaison on small grants supporting health promotion and technology education projects with community-based organizations serving immigrants. For many years, she worked collaboratively with clinical and community advisors to produce translated patient education materials, and provider resources about culture and health. In 2009 she began managing EthnoMed’s web content. Over time, Christine has secured funding to grow and sustain a small team, and facilitating EthnoMed’s permanent placement in Harborview’s Interpreter Services Department in 2010.

Christine continues to support community collaboration and outreach, and website content development and dissemination. She represents EthnoMed as an active member of local Vietnamese and Iraqi/Arab Health Boards. She is also a member of the Interpreter Service Department’s Leadership Team. In that capacity, she supervises a small number of medical interpreter and collaborates with other Harborview leaders on department and hospital initiatives. Christine holds a BA in cultural anthropology from the University of Washington, and is humbled and honored to have the opportunity to learn and work cross-culturally with talented colleagues. She lives in her beloved hometown Seattle, with her husband and two sons.

Anna C. Cowan, MPH

Program Coordinator

Anna Cowan, MPH

As program coordinator for EthnoMed, Anna is responsible for managing student projects, connecting faculty, students, staff and community members to create content for the website. Anna comes to EthnoMed with a background in global health, having worked with the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health to evaluate a health workforce field epidemiology training program in South Africa. She developed an interest in refugee and immigrant health through experiences working with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) on a project to understand the experiences of new refugees navigating the health system in the Seattle area, and participating in community health research projects at a UN hospital in East Jerusalem serving Palestinian refugees.

Prior to completing her Master of Public Health in Global Health from the University of Washington’s School of Public Health, Anna worked as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) in an emergency department in the Washington, D.C. area and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa from 2009-2011 where she focused on literacy and English language education. She is fluent in German and an enthusiastic learner of French.

Lisette Austin, MA

Web Information Specialist

As Web Information Specialist, Lisette manages the content and technical aspects of the EthnoMed website. She came to the position with extensive experience as a freelance web designer, which she applied to overseeing the migration of the EthnoMed site to WordPress. She also has over a decade of freelance writing and editing experience.

Prior to joining the team, Lisette spent many years coordinating research projects at the University of Washington. She primarily worked with the Healing of the Canoe project, partnering with two Pacific Northwest Tribes to develop a culturally grounded prevention and intervention life skills curriculum for tribal youth, building on the strengths and resources in the community. She also helped train nearly 80 Tribes and tribal organizations on how to adapt and implement the curriculum. She brings a deep understanding of the importance of culturally tailored interventions to her work with EthnoMed.

Lisette lives in the Seattle area with her husband and teenage son.