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.


A Bittersweet Truth: The Sugary Drink Tax. Thursday, March 22, 5-8pm at the South Park Community Center. Join Healthy King County Coalition for a fun evening of conversation and learning how to keep your family healthy. Registration required.

Latino Social Workers Organization Conference 2018 - Breaking Down Walls and Abriendo Puertas: Promoting Justice in Social Work Practice, March 22-23 at the University of Washington School of Social Work. View Program info and Register here.

The Triangulum: Tobacco, Marijuana, E-Cigarettes, March 26, 9-30am-3pm at Talaris Conference Center in Seattle. Join our friends at Center for MultiCultural Health at the beautiful Talaris Campus as they host a conversation with Dr. Phil Gardiner. RSVP here.

Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter Training. March 26-30, 9am-5:30pm daily (40 hrs) at Pacific Tower, 1200 12th Avenue South, Seattle. Individuals will learn the necessary skills to become a qualified medical interpreter by participating in group activities, gaining practice interpreting from day-one onward, and through the instruction and insight of our experienced trainers. Apply early to take advantage of early bird pricing with a $50 discount! Additional dates and extended program (64 hours) on August 6–10 & 13–15 and another training on September 17–21 and 24–26. Please email for registration information.

OneAmerica Base Meeting - Junta de Base. Saturday, March 31st 10am–2pm at the Highline United Methodist Church 13015 1st Ave S, Burien. We look forward to welcoming, building community, planning and organizing with you all. Children are welcome, we will enjoy food together, plan, organize, and translation and language diversity will be supported (please rsvp to Yvette Maganya at or (206) 331-5800 and let us know what language support and translation you may need so we can coordinate). 

Policy Link Equity Summit 2018: Our Power. Our Future. Our Nation April 11-13 in Chicago. Join PolicyLink and the National Equity Atlas team to envision with 2,000+ other equity advocates, policymakers, and community leaders how to advance transformative change this moment of backlash and regression at the national level. Using data to bolster the case for equity as a moral and economic imperative and advance equitable growth strategies at scale will be a theme throughout the conference. Read the Summit Vision today and register here.

LGBTQ Health - Trans* Health Symposium. April 13-14 at Swedish First Hill campus - Glaser Auditorium in Seattle. Trans* healthcare training in the health profession education is limited, leaving many providers feeling uncomfortable providing care for the trans* person. This 1.5 day symposium is designed for all physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, physician assistants, social workers, behavioral health specialists and medical students in the Pacific Northwest region who encounter trans* patients in their practice. Participants will increase their competence of care for members of the trans* community. It is especially recommended for those who provide primary care, internal medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics and obstetrics and gynecology. View more info and Registration details here.

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.

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.


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 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.