University of Washington Public Health students invite local participation in Grand Coulee community health assessment
Last updated 11/26/2018 at 10:43am
In partnership with the Grant County Health District nine graduate students in the
University of Washington Community-Oriented Public Health Practice (COPHP)
program will visit Grand Coulee to learn about important health issues facing the local
community, and how Grand Coulee residents support each other to live healthier lives.
The visit will take place during the week after Thanksgiving, from Monday, November
26th - Thursday November 29th.
During that time, the students, led by Sharon Bogan, Program Manager of
Communications at Public Health Seattle King-County, will conduct interviews with
elected officials, health providers, and Grand Coulee residents as part of a health
assessment. This effort builds upon two previous assessments performed in North
Central Washington, and aims to identify unique strengths and barriers to healthcare
delivery within the Grand Coulee area specifically. Insights gained during the students'
visit will inform a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) targeting current local
The innovative COPHP program at the UW trains students to prioritize community
voices by forging culturally respectful partnerships with communities and organizations
throughout the Pacific Northwest. Program director Amy Hagopian stresses that
" COPHP's success is measured in the extent to which our graduates go out into the
world and solve real public health problems" . While the visiting students are still in their
first year of study, previous experience living and working in rural, urban, and
international communities have taught them that local perspectives and community
input are crucial to understanding and solving such health problems. Prior to their visit,
the students will be examining their own personal biases and perspectives, learning
about the local history and culture of Grand Coulee, and exploring how to encourage
participation from all members of its unique community.
The students will arrive in Grand Coulee on Monday, November 26th, and will visit local
organizations, including the Coulee Medical Center. They have also arranged a
community meeting for Grand Coulee residents to gather together and give voice to
both health challenges and important sources of community strength and resilience.
This meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 27th, from 6-730pm at the Grand
Coulee City Hall. The students respectfully invite all community members to share their
experience, wisdom, and visions for the future of health in Grand Coulee. Food and
child care will be provided. Be on the lookout for further communications from the
students as the visit approaches.
Community Meeting Details
When : November 27 from 6-7:30pm
Where : Grand Coulee City Hall, 306 Midway Ave, Grand Coulee, WA 99133
Who : Residents of the Grand Coulee Dam region
Food and childcare provided