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 Health, FEEST, SeaMar, Global to Local, Public Health Seattle King County, Seattle Children’s, and APICAT, but we raise our voice as one, loud and strong.
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 (HKCC) 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. (Definition from the CDC.)
ANnouncements & upcoming HKCC events
Health Equity Assessment Tool Train-the-Trainer Workshop. June 15th, 2017 and June 22nd, 2017. Please see calendar for more details. Registration for this event is now closed.
Healthy Drinks, Healthy Families Community Event. June 21st 2017 5:30pm-8:00pm. Join us for an evening of fun and learning about smart beverage choices that keep your family and community healthy. Dinner is included and all participants will receive a gift bag! Please see calendar for registration details.
Health Equity Advocacy Leadership Training. June 24th, 2017 9:00am-4pm, Tukwila Community Center. Please complete the application attached and submit to email@example.com.
July Healthy King County Coalition Meeting. July 13th, 2017 9:00am-11:30am, New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98118. Please RSVP here.
August Decision Makers Forum. August 17th, 2017 9:30am-11:30am. Pacific Tower, 1200 12th Avenue South, 8th Floor Conference Room, Seattle, WA 98144. Registration is now open!
Partner Events & Announcements
Strong Hearts, Strong Communities. Renton Technical College, June 28th, 2017. A workshop event to: increase awareness of the impact of heart health issues on diverse populations. More information can be found here.
Civic Boot Camp: Immigration. August 18th OR August 25th. 12pm-4:30pm. This bootcamp is a half day experience for millennials to connect with community leaders, engage with other participants and gain a deeper understanding about the current state of immigration. Register Here.
Announcement: 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.