Support the Healthy King County Coalition!

The Healthy King County Coalition is a group of King County organizations united to create health equity. We support access to healthy eating, smoke and drug-free environments, and safe places to be active. We strive to reduce disparities: health and wellness differences affected by factors like race, ethnicity, and income. 

The Healthy King County Coalition (HKCC) is a group of local organizations and individuals united in our common vision of health equity and justice for everyone, regardless of where they live. We are 40+ organizations, such as Center for Multicultural HealthFEESTSeaMarGlobal to LocalPublic Health - Seattle & King CountySeattle Children’s, and APICAT, but we raise our voice as one, loud and strong.

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Healthy choices are not equally easy to make in all King County neighborhoods. More than 4,300 people die from heart disease, lung cancer, stroke, and diabetes in King County every year. Poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, and use and exposure to tobacco put people at higher risk for these health problems. This is particularly true for people of color, people with lower incomes, and those living in south Seattle and south King County.

Healthy King County Coalition believes everyone should have equal access to healthy options, lifestyles, and environments. We aim to reduce health inequities by improving nutrition, increasing physical activity, and decreasing smoking rates and other tobacco use. We embrace the multidimensional expertise of our members in navigating poverty, racism, language, and cultural barriers to attain health equity and justice.

To put it concisely: health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to attain his or her full health potential and no one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances. (CDC definition)

events & Announcements

HKCC Quarterly Meeting. Thursday, July 19, 9-11:30am. New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave S, Seattle.

Our quarterly meetings are open to members and friends of the Healthy King County Coalition. All work groups report out on their progress to date.

Events

Active Transportation Policy Walk with community leaders in White Center. June 1, 9:30-11am starting at the White Center Bike Playground at Dick Thurnau Memorial Park. Cascade recently conducted a community needs assessment to learn about perceptions around active transportation and traffic safety. Come learn about the findings on a 1-mile walking tour to see examples of opportunities and challenges raised by community members. This is an opportunity for dialogue among partners as we continue to advance accessibility of biking and walking for all our neighbors. Email Cheryl at Cascade Bicycle Club to RSVP.

Civic Boot Camp: Welcoming Immigrants. June 1. A full-day program designed to give participants the tools to take action in the community. Scholarships available! Admission is on a rolling basis and potential applicants can apply here. Email jcarter@seattlecityclub.org with questions.

HEAT Train-the-Trainer. June 20, Swedish Cherry Hill Campus. Online application will be open through June 8 - limited space is available but you MUST apply through our portal.

Cultural Competency Training of Trainers, June 18-22 with the Cross Cultural Health Care Program. This training will build your internal training capacity, meet mandates for culturally and linguistically appropriate services and provide best practices on equity and inclusion. In this five-day course, trainers will spend time not only learning the curriculum, but will also work on effective training techniques while engaging in peer-reviewed training practice. Participants leave this course with all the tools needed to conduct cultural competency trainings and practice equity and inclusion. For more information please email Aselefech.

Announcements

Fully-funded Master of Public Health degrees at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Bloomberg Fellows Program is recruiting individuals who are currently working with organizations on the front lines of issues of addiction, environmental challenges, obesity and the food system, risks to adolescent health, and violence in the US. They are looking to provide full tuition scholarships to 50 Fellows from a diverse range of organizations from both inside and outside the public health world.

UW Community Organizing Course. Join experienced Sound Alliance community organizers and students from across the Health Sciences this fall in UCONJ 624 to develop your skills in advocacy and community organizing for health equity. Participate in different campaigns that work upstream to address the social determinants of health. Contact Leonora Clarke at clarkel@uw.ed with questions and see more info here.

Medical Assistant Scholarship in partnership with Kaiser Permanente Washington and Seattle Central College. 20 scholarships to study Medical Assisting at Seattle Vocational Institute in Fall 2018. You can earn full tuition, as well as stipends for books, supplies and fees. Preference to applicants that are first-generation college student, low-income, bilingual, and from racial/ethnic populations underrepresented in health care, LGBTQ, veterans, and those with a disability. Scholarship applications are due June 1st!              

Fresh fruits and vegetables are being offered at the Sea Mar Community Health Centers South Park location thanks to a partnership with Food Lifeline! Eligible patients can stop by with a reusable bag or box every 4th Friday from 12:30 - 1pm. More information is available here.

Got Green Food Security Gap Survey. In King County, some 122,000 households fall into the “food security gap”: they earn a living wage but are unable to afford healthy food due to the rising cost of rent and other expenses. These families’ incomes are at 200 percent of the poverty level, so they do not qualify for EBT/SNAP (Food Stamps) benefits. You can find the survey here and questions can be directed to tanika@gotgreen.org or 206.941.7897.

Check out the “Beautiful Lies Ugly Truth” video featuring youth from Center for Multicultural Health’s STAND program, Apicat for Healthy Communities, and Seattle Indian Health Board. This video was created by the Tobacco, Marijuana, and other Drugs (TMoD) work group of HKCC to draw attention to the harms of menthol cigarettes and to make our youth’s voices heard in speaking out against big tobacco’s targeting of minority communities.

Seattle Launches Fresh Bucks retail program with ethnic grocers. The Fresh Bucks Retail program has expanded the locations where shoppers can use Fresh Bucks vouchers.  The Fresh Bucks program provides a dollar-for-dollar match of SNAP benefits for participants to spend at participating farmers market and now participating grocery stores. More information on the Fresh Bucks program can be found here.

#MyWordsSpeak is a social media campaign aimed to reduce marijuana use by youth (ages 12-20) throughout Washington State. This pilot project is tailored to the African and African American community by utilizing culturally and linguistically appropriate communication messaging in an effort to organically educate teens about the impacts of using marijuana. Join CMHC in the conversation on Facebook and Instagram!

Sweetened Beverage Tax Community Advisory Board, the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. Meeting locations fluctuate, so check the tax webpage for details. All Board meetings are open to the public. The Sweetened Beverage Tax Community Advisory Board was established by the City Council (Ordinance 125324) to advise and make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on programs and activities supported by the tax revenue. Services funded by the proceeds of the beverage tax are intended to expand access to healthy and affordable food, close the food security gap, promote healthy nutrition choices, reduce disparities in social, developmental, and education readiness and learning for children, assist high school graduates to enter college, and expand services for the birth-to-five population and their families.