THE INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATION TO ADVANCE COMMUNITY HEALTH
Conducting research to promote health and health care equity among Indigenous and rural populations
The Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH) is a large research institute at Washington State University (WSU) that conducts transdisciplinary research devoted to promoting health and health care equity among Indigenous and rural populations. It is one of the largest academic units dedicated to the health of Native populations in the United States and works with 150 partners in 19 states.
IREACH houses a practice-based research network of 200 primary care facilities in Washington state that serve rural, American Indian, and other underserved populations. The Institute has about 85 faculty, postdoctoral students, and staff members and a portfolio of approximately $85 million in extramural grant funding. Its members have expertise that spans public health, economics, demography, epidemiology, biostatistics, sociology, psychology, nutrition, public administration and management, and internal medicine.
The mission of Northwest Health Education and Research Outcomes Network, or NW HERON, is to improve the quality of clinical care and ameliorate health disparities in communities across Washington state and its bordering states.
Natives Engaged in Alzheimer’s Research, or NEAR, combats disparities associated with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander groups.
Native-Controlling Hypertension and Risk through Technology, or Native-CHART, aims to improve control of blood pressure and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease in American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders with diagnosed hypertension.
The mission of the Native Center for Alcohol Research and Education, or NCARE, is to optimize alcohol intervention research for public health in general and our Native community partners in particular.
The Native Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research, or NAD-RCMAR, aims to address the Alzheimer’s disease health disparities experienced by American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. NAD-RCMAR funds pilot studies through its career development program for early-to-mid-career investigators.
IREACH is committed to improving Latinx health. Many Latinx communities in Washington state are in rural areas and have historically been underserved and underinsured. To reduce these disparities, we are dedicated to academic research and the formation of community partnerships that will make meaningful contributions to Latinx health.
Partnerships for Native Health, or P4NH, is a legacy program of IREACH that conducted community-centered research, training, education, and outreach to improve the health and quality of life of American Indian and Alaska Native populations.
Washington State University recognized IREACH, the WSU College of Nursing, and the American Heart Association at the 2022 Apple Cup for their goals to increase American Indian clinical trial participation […]
The INdians Transforming Alzheimer’s Care Treatment (INTACT) team has completed patient and provider focus groups which provided feedback on how to adapt Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias patient and caregiver educational material from the Dementia […]