UW Bothell helping to bring Seattle CityClub boot camp to Everett neighborhood to focus on community health

September 16, 2016
Contact Lisa Hall 425-352-5461 / lhall7@uw.edu
UW Bothell helping to bring Seattle CityClub boot camp to Everett neighborhood to focus on community health

BOTHELL, Washington – The University of Washington Bothell and the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine are helping the Providence Institute for a Healthier Community and Seattle CityClub take its Civic Boot Camp program on the road to Everett.

The first boot camp was held Sept. 16 and another will be held on Oct. 21, focusing on community health, specifically in the historical and ethnically diverse Hawthorne neighborhood where a transformation is underway.

The day includes a walking tour, presentations from Providence and UW Bothell researchers, discussions with community leaders and civic action plan workshops.

“The discussions are intended to bring further visibility to the array of factors that influence a community’s health, and to foster civic health and engagement by connecting participants across professional, cultural and political spectrums to build leadership, cooperation and support,” says Scott Forslund, executive director of Providence Institute for a Healthier Community and director of the Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition.

Forslund says the partnership effort between the Institute and CityClub has benefited from significant work by Jody Early, a co-chair of the AimWell Center for Health Priorities & Progress at the Institute. Early is an associate professor in the UW Bothell School of Nursing & Health Studies who is one of two UW Bothell presenters at the Everett event.

A Civic Boot Camp is a full-day experience giving participants knowledge about a community’s history and current affairs, providing access to leaders and building skills to make a difference. Other boot camps have focused on the Seattle waterfront and the South Lake Union neighborhood.

More information is available from Jeff Carter, Civic Boot Camp program coordinator, at 206-682-7395 or jcarter@seattlecityclub.org.

About the Providence Institute for a Healthier Community: The Institute is a partnership between Providence, the Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition, business, government, non-profits, and the people of Snohomish county. Its aim is to find the ways and facilitate the behavior for all of us in the community to improve our health. The benefit to the individual will be to live a longer, healthier, happier life. The benefit to the community will be to become the healthiest community in the country with the lowest healthcare costs, so we can invest more of our resources in what matters.

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell provides access to an exceptional University of Washington education for students of tremendous potential. Offering more than 45 undergraduate and graduate degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, UW Bothell builds regional partnerships, inspires change, creates knowledge, shares discoveries and prepares students for leadership in the state of Washington and beyond.