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CWU Foundation Receives Support from Yakima Valley Resilience and Response Fund

The Central Washington University Foundation received a $7,000 grant from the Yakima Valley Resilience and Response Fund to place two Master of Public Health (MPH) students as fellows in the Yakima County Health Department and the Kittitas County Health Department to assist with their COVID-19 response.

 

“The fact that this unique grant opportunity came at a time when our students could lend a critical skillset to the COVID-19 response in our region is a tremendous value to our faculty, students, partner agencies, and the communities we all serve,” said Tishra Beeson, program coordinator for Central Washington University’s Master of Public Health program.

 

This grant is the result of a funding partnership with United Way of Central Washington, the Latino Community Fund, and the Yakima Valley Community Foundation.

 

The two student fellows were Alberto Saldaña, placed at the Yakima Emergency Operations Center, and Debra Rich, placed at the Yakima Health District.

 

“The grant funding from our partners at United Way of Central Washington, the Latino Community Fund, and the Yakima Valley Community Foundation has enabled us to meet some key goals of our program, from helping to expand capacity and strengthen our local public health systems, to providing our MPH students with practical, applied experiences to use their training and skills,” Beeson said.

 

You can read more about CWU Public Health Students and Alumni Helping to Combat COVID-19 here.

 

 

Media contact: Traci Goff, Director of Foundation Relations, 509-963-2163, Traci.Goff@cwu.edu

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