UW Tacoma Community Involvement Spotlighted in Columns Magazine

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“The Partnership Payoff” details school involvement in local issues like healthcare, environment, education and more.

What does a clinic for uninsured patients have to do with arsenic and lead levels in regional lakes?

They’re both part of work done by UW Tacoma in partnership with the community. And both are profiled in “The Partnership Payoff,” a story in the latest issue of the University of Washington’s flagship Columns magazine.

The article shares some of the community engagement at UW Tacoma. “Faculty, staff, students and alumni are entwined with the communities of Pierce County in almost everything they do,” writes author Julie Garner.

Garner begins with the story of Rotacare Tacoma, a clinic for uninsured patients with an innovative purpose – to treat those with chronic conditions, rather than focusing just on emergency patients. The clinic, established by alumna Jan Runbeck ‘06, brought together community partners to treat patients with diabetes, high blood pressure and more. (Watch Runbeck talk about the clinic in a recent interview with The Daily Show.)

“The Partnership Payoff” details work done by Associate Professor Jim Gawel and his undergraduate students to study the health of lakes in the region, particularly as the population around these lakes grows.

The article describes other UW Tacoma community involvement, like public health projects on pregnancy and on asthma, partnerships with local school districts (like the Tacoma Whole Child Initiative and Pathways to Promise) and more.

Read “The Partnership Payoff” online or embedded below.

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Abby Rhinehart / October 3, 2014
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John Burkhardt, Media Relations, 253-692-4536, johnbjr@uw.edu