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Hello Department of Health Services Community:

We invite you to join our alumni, students, faculty, and staff for the Department of Health Services Annual Celebration 2019 on Friday January 18, from 6:00-9:00pm, at the Center for Urban Horticulture – NHS Hall (3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98105).

It is our great pleasure and honor to announce that Mr. Rogelio Riojas is our featured speaker for this event. Mr. Riojas has served as President and CEO of Sea Mar Community Health Centers since 1978. Sea Mar is a health and human services non-profit organization committed to providing quality, comprehensive health, human and housing services to diverse communities, specializing in service to Latinos. Under his leadership, the organization has grown from a small community clinic in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, to a large multi-faceted health and human services organization.

Mr. Riojas has also built Sea Mar to be a statewide advocate for those most in need. Sea Mar, in collaboration with its community partners, has been a strong voice and has led social justice advocacy in Washington State. This includes advocating for medical coverage of undocumented children through the state Medicaid program, safe and clean affordable housing for migrant farmworkers, the Basic Health Plan for low income individuals and families, and immigration rights, among many other issues.

For his efforts, the UW recognized Mr. Riojas with its 2013 Charles E. Odegaard Award, the university's highest achievement for diversity. "As the leader of Sea Mar for the last 35 years, Rogelio has ensured that thousands of our state's most vulnerable people receive health and human services," said Sheila Edwards Lange, UW vice president for minority affairs and vice provost for diversity, when announcing the Odegaard award.

Mr. Riojas is a graduate of the University of Washington with bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science and a master’s degree in health administration, and he also serves on the UW Board of Regents.

We are thrilled that he will be joining us for this celebration, to share his words of wisdom and inspiration with our alumni.

Refreshments, as well as beer and wine, will be provided. We also look forward to a raffle and opportunity to support our students.

To secure your spot, please RSVP below by December 15.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Jeffrey R. Harris, MD, MPH, MBA
Professor and Chair
Department of Health Services

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