The Latino Center for Health was established in 2014 through a partnership between the School of Social Work and the UW Graduate School. The center provides leadership for community-engaged research through close collaboration and capacity building with community stakeholders. Its mission is to make measurable improvements in the health and well-being of Latinx communities in Washington state, the Pacific Northwest and across the country.
The center's interdisciplinary approach to research draws on the university's deep expertise in health sciences, with core faculty from the schools of public health, medicine and social work. The research areas of focus include physical and mental health, occupational and environmental health, and violence and injury prevention.
The center’s research and ancillary activities support and inform the development and implementation of culturally-responsive, evidence-based practices and policies that improve the health of Latinx individuals, families and communities in rural and urban settings. Team members also provides mentorship for the next generation of leaders so that they are equipped to respond to current and emerging health issues facing the diverse Latinx communities in the state and region.