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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

Leadership Development Training provided by the Built Environment Work Group of HKCC. Saturday, June 23, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Tukwila Community Center. This training is for those who represent populations that have not experienced equal access to decision making in civic engagement and/or serving on a commission, city councils, or school boards. Given the limited number of spaces and high demand for training, this is a competitive process. Applicants must complete an application by June 15 for this popular training. Accepted applicants who complete all portions of the training will receive a $300 stipend.

Healthy Youth CAN and East Precinct Advisory Council Annual Community Dinner and Showcase. Thursday, June 28th from 6 - 8pm at the Miller Community Center, 330 19th Avenue East, Seattle. Featuring Poet Jordan Chaney, spoken word artist Yirim Seck, and DJ Surreal will be showcasing the Hip-Hop 2 Prevent program. Free dinner will be provided.

2018 Seattle Teen Summit, Sunday, August 12 from 10:30am - 6pm at New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave S, Seattle. The Summit aims to empower, engage, and equip young leaders from diverse backgrounds across Seattle to connect to and serve their communities, develop strong leadership skills, and challenge injustice. STS brings together Seattle youth from all socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, religious, gender, nationality, sexuality, ability backgrounds in order to cultivate spaces for rich civic engagement, generative conversation, and personal and communal reflection. See more info here.

Children's Alliance Advocacy Camp, October 2-4 at Dumas Bay Centre in Federal Way. This training that teaches essential skills that can be used in advocacy is open to adults in Washington who want to advocate for kids, improve their community, and build leadership skills. POC and low-income are encouraged to apply and scholarships, travel stipends, child care assistance, and interpretation are available. Email Emijah Smith or call at 1-800-854-KIDS.

Announcements

Fresh fruits and vegetables are being offered at the Sea Mar Community Health Centers South Park and Burien locations thanks to a partnership with Food Lifeline! Eligible patients can stop by the South Park location with a reusable bag or box every 4th Friday from 12:30 - 1pm and the Burien location on the 2nd Thursday & 4th Saturday of the month 10-11:30am

Seattle Parks and Recreation's 11th Annual Big Day of Play. Saturday, August 18 from 11am -5pm at Rainier Community Center Playfields, 4600 38th Ave. S, Seattle. Now accepting vendor applications for those that want to be present at the event to share resources, demonstrate/play traditional games, and/or you all might be interested in attending, bringing families, community members, and anyone else who would enjoy a fun day with us! It is FREE and there will be so many activities and booths! Big Day of Play is an intentionally planned out event that is designed to target our underreached communities and open up the possibilities for physical activity and recreation. Share your products and services with 5,000+ attendees; build relationships with new clients, consumers and peer organizations; show support for Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Get Moving Initiative; get exposure and expand your presence. To register as a vendor, please complete the vendor application form and email to bigdayofplay@seattle.gov

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.             

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.