Patients from Seattle’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC) will now be able to access dermatology care on-site, thanks to a new partnership with the Seattle Children’s Hospital Division of Pediatric Dermatology.
Beginning October 2021, Dr. Markus Boos, Pediatric Dermatologist at Seattle Children's Hospital, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, will provide dermatology-specific care to patients at Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic located at 2101 E Yesler Way in Seattle’s Central District.
“I hope this begins an engaged, long-term partnership between our division at Seattle Children’s and OBCC, says Dr. Boos. “This is one of the first steps for us as we continue to put action behind our mission to provide equitable and culturally humble care to communities who historically have been underserved by dermatology.”
Established in 1970, OBCC is a community-based children’s clinic that provides primary care services (including a small offering of subspecialty care), dental, nutritional, mental health and basic needs services to babies, children and teens in Seattle’s Central and Southeast neighborhoods — regardless of a family's ability to pay. Historically, OBCC has provided care to mostly low-income and people of color in the community. In 2021, Seattle Children's will open a new, second OBCC location adjacent to the Othello Link light rail station in Seattle’s Rainier Valley neighborhood, in addition to renovating the existing OBCC on Yesler Way.
The idea to establish a dermatology clinic at OBCC began three years ago with Dr. Shaquita Bell, Interim Senior Medical Director for OBCC and Clinical Professor for the University of Washington Division of General Pediatrics, who approached Dr. Boos about exploring ways to expand access to dermatology care at OBCC. Many OBCC patients have been unable receive timely care due to limited access to Seattle Children’s main hospital near the UW campus or other clinic locations.
"As a pediatrician 15 years into practice, who sees skin conditions every day, it is obvious that access to high quality dermatologic services is a burden for our patients and families," says Dr. Shaquita Bell. "Black, Indigenous and LatinX children are more at risk for some skin conditions because of racism, environmental racism and access to care. Bringing these services to people will help eliminate barriers and improve equity of care. It eliminates many steps that get in the way, including scheduling and transportation. We are thrilled to partner with Dr. Boos and the dermatology team at Seattle Children’s and UW to bring this care closer to our communities."
The new dermatology clinic space at OBCC will serve as a model for how other specialty services at SCH and its satellite locations might further grow and expand their clinical services into this community space and beyond.
“On our first day, parents were already expressing that they were glad that they didn’t have to go to multiple sites for medical care and could continuing coming to a clinic site that felt familiar and safe for them,” says Dr. Boos. “I feel really privileged to be able to contribute to that sense of community.”
For more information about the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC), please visit seattlechildrens.org/contact/odessa-brown or call 206-987-7210 (press 1 for appointments).