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 what are called 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, April 19, 9-11:30am. New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave S, Seattle.

“Local Opportunities and Challenges in Pursuing Health Equity from a Public Health Perspective” with Eli Kern and Jay Marshall, Epidemiologists with Assessment, Policy Development, and Evaluation of Public Health – Seattle and King County

Join this discussion with two local public health practitioners regarding the opportunities and challenges King County residents face in pursuing health equity, both at the individual and the community level. This will include a presentation and discussion of race, place, and income-based health and social disparities, how these disparities are changing over time, policies that may impact health equity, and potential pathways forward.

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

Washington State Saying It Out Loud Conference: Beyond the Binary - A Conference Committed To Increasing Competency In Serving LGBTQ+ Individuals and Communities. April 23 at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center. Registration fee of $50 (online registration will open in Spring) but applications for scholarships are being accepted now. Contact (877) 922-6635 for more info.

Authentic Communication For NonProfits & Organizers. Thursday, April 26, 3-5pm, Seattle University - Lemieux Library. Break through the noise with an intentional message, succinct organizational story, and inspire action through authentic connection. Sounds great, right? All of those elements are difficult to achieve as nonprofit leaders and community organizers. This concentrated, two-hour workshop is designed to give you some time to reflect and strategize on your next steps for storytelling that moves people forward together. Topics covered: Messaging: A Foundation of Intention; Organizational Storytelling; Building Dialogue. Register here.

Autism Awareness Learning & Listening. April 27 5-8:30pm at New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave S, Seattle. A community focused event hosted by Somali Health Board and Open Doors for Multicultural Families. Join community members and subject experts with resources for a panel and roundtable discussion by families and concerned community members. All are welcome! RSVP on their event page.

Ethiopian Health Fair. April 28, 10am-4pm, 8323 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle. Family friendly & free event! A light lunch will be provided. See more info here.

Lake Washington Tech Health Fair: Educating our Community on Health & Access. May 2, 10am-1pm in the East Mall and through the 1st Floor of the Allied Health Building, Kirkland Campus. There will be health services, LWTech program tables, and professional health agency and organization tables for everyone to enjoy. This event is free and open to students, staff, community members, and all persons interested. No registration is required but more info can be found here.

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

2018 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program applications are available online April 9 – May 11, 2018. This program provides low-income seniors with $40 in voucher checks that can be used to purchase fresh produce at approved farmers market locations. Program information and eligibility may be found here.                

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.