David Reyes

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David Reyes, DNP, MPH, RN, APHN-BC, is an Assistant Professor in the Nursing and Healthcare Leadership Program at the University of Washington in Tacoma (UWT), Washington. His teaching includes diversity and health inequity, health systems and policy, and community/public health nursing. Before joining the faculty at UWT in 2014, Dr. Reyes was with the Department of Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) in the Community Health Services Division. During his 17 year tenure with PHSKC, Dr. Reyes’ responsibilities included public health administration and clinical operations, quality improvement, workforce development, and participation in PHSKC’s equity and social justice activities including addressing institutional racism.

Dr. Reyes’ interests are in addressing the root causes of inequity and health disparities, building community capacity for problem solving, and population health systems improvement through action-oriented and policy-relevant research and scholarship.  His research includes using community-based participatory approaches that focus on equitable relationships with diverse community stakeholders to improve health outcomes for diverse, vulnerable and underserved populations.  Currently he is working with neighborhood residents as community researchers to address food equity, access and insecurity, and initiatives to train community members as community assessment facilitators.

Dr. Reyes serves as Immediate Past-President of the Washington State Public Health Association, and is a member of the editorial board for Public Health Nursing Journal. He has served in leadership positions within the American Public Health Association (APHA) including as past chair of the Public Health Nursing (PHN) Section, on the Inter-Sectional Council Steering Committee, and the Nation’s Health Editorial Advisory Committee. Dr. Reyes served on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) National Advisory Committee for Academic Progression in Nursing, and was appointed to the Institute of Medicine’s Standing Committee on Family Planning in 2011.

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