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IREACH Latinx Health

Mission

The Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (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.

Why Latinx health?

  • Latinx are the largest minority in Washington state and represent 13% of the population.
  • Latinx represent 18% of births in Washington state.
  • Latinx are the majority population in three counties — Adams (67%), Franklin (55%), and Yakima (51%) — and represent 10% and 6% of the population in King and Spokane counties, respectively.

Latino Workgroup

Washington State University (WSU) is committed to Latinx health. The Latino Workgroup brings together WSU faculty and members of community health organizations to facilitate and establish academic-community partnerships to improve Latinx health in Washington state. Most meetings focus on discussing collaboration opportunities and best practices to establish academic-community partnerships, as well as current events of interest.

We meet the first Wednesday of every month from noon to 1 p.m. Pacific time. You can join us via phone/Zoom or in person at the IREACH office at 1100 Olive Way, Suite 1200, Seattle, WA 98101. If you would like to join the Latino Workgroup meetings, please email Dr. Anna Zamora-Kapoor.