The UW School of Nursing has a long tradition of engaged community practice. Understanding and engaging with the community strengthens the effectiveness of our work as nurses, through gathering critical information about the challenges and opportunities of the living conditions of our patients, as well as building solidarity and trust with the communities we serve.
Within the UW, the center works collaboratively with globally health engaged researchers and practitioners from across campus, including the Department of Global Health, the School of Medicine, the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, the School of Pharmacy, the School of Computer Science and Engineering, the Department of Anthropology, and the School of Social Work.
Globally, the UW School of Nursing maintains memorandums of understanding with 20 elite nursing institutions globally, including with Chiang Mai Faculty of Nursing (Thailand), Keio University (Japan) and University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). Nascent relationships are forming with Schools of Nursing at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Lima, Peru), Fourth Military Medical University (China), University of Zimbabwe and the University of Nairobi.
The center will establish strategic partnerships with select nursing institutions that involve both research collaborations and educational training opportunities for faculty and students.
Locally, the UW School of Nursing partners with multiple organizations dedicated to the health of people in the Puget Sound region. These include tribal communities, the American Red Cross, the Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA), multiple clinics, and hospitals.
The center is working across disciplines and across borders to improve health and address questions of health disparities locally and globally. We welcome partnership, teamwork and collaboration to maximally impact health globally.