We challenge the status quo. Welcome to IREACH
INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH AND
EDUCATION TO ADVANCE
WE CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO AND ADVANCE COMMUNITY HEALTH THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATION.
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. IREACH is housed under WSU Health Sciences Spokane and was established by Founding Director Dr. Dedra Buchwald, Professor in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.
We conduct community-centered research, training, education, and outreach to improve the health and quality of life of American Indian and Alaska Native populations.
NORTHWEST HEALTH EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
NW HERON’s mission is to improve the quality of clinical care and ameliorate health disparities in communities across Washington state and its bordering states.
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.