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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 Health Equity Summit. Thursday, September 27 in South King County at Highline College.  Registration is required and tickets are available on a sliding scale - no one will be turned away for inability to pay. 

It's Farmers Market Season!

Check out our latest blog post to read about the HKCC member organizations that operate and host Farmers Markets and Farm Stands.

 

Events

Somali Health Board Summer Quarterly Meeting. August 16 from 6-8pm at New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave S, Seattle. View the agenda here.

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. A celebration of Seattle's diversity and it encourages neighbors, communities and families to have fun, build relationships and be active together. It's the day to play your way!

Level Up! Life Skills for Crushing Adulthood. Wednesday, August 22 from 10am-3:30pm at the 2100 Building. Accelerator YMCA hosts this conference with free lunch, swag giveaways, on-site interviews for jobs and paid internships,  and inspiration from Nick Brown, Lawyer at Pacifica Law Group. Participants should register here.

S.T.A.N.D. Youth Summit. August 23 from noon-3pm at Arena Sports in Mill Creek. The event is an opportunity for youth to learn from each other about their advocacy and drug prevention work – and there will also be plenty of time for activities including indoor soccer and laser tag, as well as opportunities to win some great prizes! Any and all youth are welcome and encouraged to attend (transportation available, but they need to contact Cat Banobi). More info here and required Arena Sports waiver here.

HKCC Health Equity Summit. Thursday, September 27 in South King County at Highline College. Dr. Ben Danielson of Odessa Brown’s Children Clinic is set to join us as our keynote speaker. Work Groups will report-out on their work for the past year and the afternoon panel will highlight local and national leaders (including Devita Davison of FoodLab Detroit and Nikkita Oliver) that will speak on systems that perpetuate health inequities including food insecurity and climate justice. Details on location and speakers will be added as they are confirmed. Registration is required and tickets are available on a sliding scale - no one will be turned away for inability to pay. Please choose the level that works for your situation.

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. More information is available here.

Somali Health Board Annual Health Fair. October 6th from 9am-4pm at New Holly Community Center, 7054 32nd Ave S, Seattle. Deadline for vendors to signup is on August 24 and the registration form can be accessed here.  

FEEST Fresh Flavor Cocktail Party. Friday, November 2, 6:30pm at Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave, Seattle. A night of celebration, youth stories, artisan cocktails, music, dancing, and delicious grub from local chefs. More info here.

Announcements

Lost your spark? Not enjoying things? Can't concentrate? Irritable, anxious, sad? Trouble sleeping? If you are 60 or older, there is help. Call 206-616-2129 for more information from Creative Lab, University of Washington for more information about The Engage Study.

2018 ADS Community Survey has been translated into more languages! The English version remains online. The survey is available to print in the following languages: 

Amharic | Chinese (traditional) | Chinese (simplified) | Korean | Oromo | Russian | Somali | Spanish | Tigrinya | Vietnamese

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

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.