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Tamara Cunitz MN, RN (she/her)

Affiliate Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing
Affiliate Faculty, Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice
Co-Founder, Health Outreach Coordinator, Nashi Immigrants Health Board

Tamara earned a BA in Psychology and Russian language studies from Catholic University in 1994. She then attended Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies and earned her ABSN in 1997. Before going on to graduate school, she worked at the bedside in acute and intensive care, was involved in clinical research at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and worked as an intern for the American Nurses Association Center for Ethics and Human Rights. Tamara then earned her master’s degree in Community Health Nursing with a cross-cultural focus at UWSON in 2007. Since then, she has held positions as an RN Care Coordinator for the City of Seattle, Nurse Consultant for Full Life Care, and Clinical Education Specialist at Virginia Mason Medical Center, where she became Adjunct Faculty for the BSN/ABSN program at UWSON in 2011. Following her graduate studies, Tamara has focused her clinical work on community dwelling, vulnerable adults with chronic care needs, both sheltered and unsheltered, and Ukrainian and Russian immigrant health issues. 


  • Catholic University of America, BA Psychology and Russian Language Studies
  • Georgetown University, BSN Nursing
  •  University of Washington, MN Community Health Nursing, Cross-Cultural Focus

Awards, accolades, and distinguished memberships:

  • Co-founder and member of Nashi Immigrants Health Board, with the goals of supporting the health needs of the Former Soviet Union immigrant and refugee communities in WA state, 2022 
  • Consultant to SPHKC and WA DOH for COVID Vaccination Hesitancy Outreach to Former Soviet Union Immigrants and Refugees, 2021-present 
  • CHSIE-Interprofessional Community Engagement Committee Member since 2020 
  • Content Expert/Reviewer for: Fostering COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence in Russian- and Ukrainian-Speaking Communities: A Training for Providers, 2021 
  • DOH Former Soviet Union Community Workgroup, 2021- present 
  • Interprofessional COVID Vaccine Task Force, 2021- present 
  • Interprofessional Community Engagement Committee, 2021- present 
  • Vaccination Boot Camp Instructor, 2021 
  • Clinical Scholarship Award CFPHN- 2020 
  • Interprofessional Education Facilitator 2017- present 
  • ‘Listening Project’ Facilitator, Seattle King County Clinic, 2020 
  • Full Life Care, Nurse Consultation, Health Translation (Russian) 2019-2020 
  • Full Life Care Adult Day Health Advisory Board Member 2018-2019 
  • Seattle Mask Brigade Volunteer, 2020 
  • Adult Day Health Advisory Board Member Full Life Care since 2018 
  • Featured as UW Faculty Partner in Full Life Care annual media outreach video “What Matters Most” 2018 
  • Member AAACN 
  • Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society – Tau Chapter  
  • Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society 
  • Psi Chi Honor Society 
  • Citizens of the World scholar 2006 at University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle, WA  (Host country:    Ukraine).
  • Helene Fuld Health Policy Leadership Fellow, 2002, George Mason University, Washington Health Policy  Institute, Fairfax, VA                                   
  • Center for Ethics and Human Rights Intern 2000, American Nurses Association, Washington, DC. 

What classes do you teach?

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

I love my opportunity to interact with and mentor nursing students because they eternally teach me something new. I also love collaborating with an amazing group of faculty and staff with diverse expertise.


Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing

Research Areas

  • Health Equity

Research Centers