To increase access to quality primary care services for individuals with limited English proficiency in the Latinx Communities of Central Washington


Background:  Community Health of Central Washington is a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center with a mission to provide high quality healthcare through service and education in Yakima and Kittitas counties.

At the Central Washington Family Medicine Residency (CWFMR) Program, our residents provide medical services to a diverse community of underserved populations, particularly Latinx migrant farmworkers with limited English proficiency.


As a response to the current healthcare gaps for our Latinx community, CWFMR is drawing upon our current resources to increase the number of Family Medicine physicians trained to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate care to Spanish-speaking patients of limited English proficiency. CWFMR plans to do this through the development of a residency track called “Language Instruction and Dedicated Education of Residents for the Latinx Community” (LIDERES-LC).


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The Birth of LIDERES-LC:

LIDERES-LC is designed to ultimately recruit and train resident physicians with a desire to serve Latinx populations and improve their cultural and linguistic competency in order to better care for those with limited English proficiency. LIDERES-LC will provide a specialized curriculum that includes:

  • Longitudinal Spanish language instruction.
  • Additional continuity clinic serving predominantly Latinx patients.
  • Focused didactics covering cultural and linguistic considerations when working with Latinx patients.
  • Community engagement projects focused on serving Latinx populations.
  • Incorporation of additional electives focused on providing language and culture immersion with service-based learning for the Latinx community.

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It is our goal that when our enrolled resident trainees graduate from the LIDERES-LC track, they will become healthcare “LIDERES” or leaders, who are dedicated to lifelong advocacy for our Latinx community through their delivery of culturally and linguistically appropriate care to meet the healthcare needs of our Latinx community.

Program Requirements:

Residents must have already been accepted into CWFMR in order to apply. Applications for enrollment into the LIDERES-LC program occur during the spring of the first year residency. Accepted individuals will begin the track program starting in their second year of residency and continuing until graduation.

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Program Director: Anna Fellmann, MD MPH

Dr. Fellmann’s educational background includes focused training in serving the Latinx community with specialized medical education through the University of California.

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Program Faculty: Maria Verduzco, MD

Dr. Verduzco is a prior graduate of CWFMR with a lifelong dedication to serving underserved Latinx communities.

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Program Faculty: Ryan Moultray, DO

Dr. Moultray is a former CWFMR graduate who has worked extensively in rural Central Washington with the Latinx community.

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Program Faculty: Portia Jones, MD, MPH

Dr. Jones received her medical education at Drexel University and Masters of Public Health from John Hopkins School of Public Health.