David Reyes, DNP, MN/MPH, RN, PHNA-BC, was appointed dean of the UW Tacoma School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership. His term started April 1.
Dr. Reyes served as interim dean of the school since 2022. His appointment is the culmination of a national search. He also holds a faculty appointment as an associate professor in the school, and an adjunct appointment in both the Schools of Nursing and Public Health at UW in Seattle.
Prior to joining UW Tacoma in 2014, Dr. Reyes was a health services administrator with Public Health -Seattle & King County, where he managed health services delivery in a number of public health centers and was active in agency work addressing institutional racism and social justice. His primary scholarship interests are in addressing the root causes of health inequity and disparities, building community leadership capacity, and using community-based participatory approaches that focus on equitable partnerships between communities and health systems. He is currently partnering with Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to explore barriers to, and facilitators of, vaccine acceptance among Asian American Pacific Islander and transgender communities.