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Tacoma Team Selected for Community Research Program

July 1, 2015

Health Department, UWT team to focus on partnership-based solutions to racial, ethnic health inequities

TACOMA, Wash. –
The Detroit Urban Research Center has selected two Tacoma health professionals to join its new, Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Partnership Academy. During the year-long program, participants have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills in collaborative approaches to address racial and ethnic health inequities in their communities.

Karen Meyer, health promotion coordinator with Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, and David Reyes, assistant professor in Nursing and Healthcare Leadership at the University of Washington Tacoma, will join 11 community-academic teams to participate in the academy.

“The Partnership Academy gives us the opportunity to learn from the experience of others from around the country who are focused on working collaboratively to address health inequities,” Meyer said. “With the Pierce County Community Health Improvement Plan as our focus, we look forward to bringing back new tools to address the health challenges of the most underserved people in our community,” Meyer said.

With funding from the National Institutes of Health, the academy begins with a one-week course July 13 at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Detroit. It also includes a year of structured learning opportunities and access to ongoing networking and mentorship. Throughout the year, the newly formed partnerships will work together to develop and implement a joint CBPR research project focused on improving the health and well-being of the communities involved.

The Detroit Urban Research Center has conducted research and interventions to promote health equity in Detroit for the past two decades. Now, in conjunction with its 20-year anniversary in 2015, it launched the CBPR Partnership Academy to take the effort nationwide, selecting academy participants through an extensive, competitive review process. For more information, including profiles of the participating teams, visit

About the Pierce County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP):
The CHIP is a strategic planning tool for improving the health of Pierce County. Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is facilitating a community process, along with the leadership of MultiCare Health System, CHI Franciscan Health and University of Washington Tacoma Nursing Program and School of Social Work. For more information, visit

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