Community Based Participatory Research


Somali Health Board has partnered with multiple organizations including Kaiser Permanente, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the University of Washington to inform, adapt, and co-lead community based research. In addition to partnering with other organizations, SHB conducted CBPR focused on mental health. Our research team at SHB focuses on ensuring research done in and with our community is respectful, equitable, and respects community knowledge and expertise. Although our organization recognizes that all research cannot be CBPR, we place value on involving the community at every step, allowing opportunities ownership at all times when possible, and placing high value on the expertise within the Somali community.

Whole Child Initiative

The child care health consultation is a Whole Child Initiative (WCI) within a Community- Informed Model category with comprehensive socio-cultural practices as its base and will leverage best practices developed through a pilot project called Partners in Community Health Project. PCHP provides culturally relevant information for the Somali community on physical activity and nutrition.

Somali Centering Motherhood Program

Somali Centering Motherhood Program is a culturally responsive prenatal to five home based program that uses the evidence based program called Centering Pregnancy and Centering Parenting.

The aim of this program is to engage, serve, and improved health outcomes for King County Somali mothers, babies and families. This program is currently in planning phase and will shift to implementation in June of 2019.

Support Our Work

We love to have folks get involved with our organization. Please look at the following options below to choose what applies to you.

Partners & Foundations

We team up with our partners to work together on research projects and community programs.

Healthcare Professionals & Community Members

If you are a healthcare professional or community member, join us in improving our community health!


We have many opportunities for students to get involved with our work.