Yakima pediatrician named ‘Local Hero’ for his vast impact on children’s health

Dr. Peter Asante (Image via Community Health of Central WA)

YAKIMA, Wash. — One of five doctors across the nation to be named a ‘Local Hero,’ Dr. Peter Asante is being recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for making a difference in the health of Yakima’s youth through advocacy, action and ingraining himself in the community.

As announced by the AAP, Dr. Asante was recognized by their Council on Community Pediatrics following a nomination by another Yakima pediatrician, Dr. Roy Simms. This Local Hero Award was decided upon because of Dr. Asante’s leadership role in pediatric development throughout Yakima.

“In my 40 years of practice here in Yakima, I can think of no other physician who has impacted the health of children more than Peter,” Dr. Simms said. “He is determined to reduce the disparities in health care for children. His ideas come from an understanding of inequity and he sees his ideas to completion.”

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Dr. Asante played a vital role in establishing the Teen Health Clinic at Davis High School along with similar programs at Yakima Pediatrics. This was the first health clinic established through a school in the Yakima Valley, ensuring that teens have clear and reliable access to healthcare services where and when they need them.

He served as a Chair of Pediatrics at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and played a role in establishing the Equitable Health Toolkit with the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (WCAAP).

A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Asante received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine before completing a pediatric residency at the Seattle Children’s Hospital and other facilities affiliated with the University of Washington network.


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