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
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!
2017 Health Equity Summit. August 14th, 2017 9:00am-4:00pm, South Seattle College, 6767 Corson Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98108. Please RSVP here.
Using the HEAT*! Healthy King County Coalition Training of Trainers. August 29th, 2017 9:00am-3:30pm, Pacific Tower, 1200 12th Ave. S., 8th Floor Conference Room Seattle, WA 98144. This training curriculum is designed to prepares trainers to implement the HEAT Tool in their organizations. The training is free! BUT, applicants must be sponsored by their organization. Apply for the training here!
Partner Events & Announcements
Big Day of Play 2017! August 19th, 2017 11am-5pm. Rainier Playfields and Center, 4600 38th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118. Big Day of Play is a celebration of our City’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! Presented by Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Get Moving Initiative with support from Kaiser Permanente - details found here.
Eagle Staff and Cascadia Murals Unveiling. August 25th, 2017 5pm-8pm. Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, 1330 N. 90th St., Seattle, WA 98103. Andrew Morrison's Indian Heritage Murals depict portraits of prominent historical figures such as Chief Seattle, Chief Joseph, Geronimo, and Sitting Bull. The 25-foot-high, 20-foot-wide murals were designated as a City of Seattle Landmark in 2014. Hosted by Andrew Morrison and Seattle Public Schools. More information can be found here.
STAND Out (Speaking Truth and New Direction) is now accepting applications for the Youth Advocacy & Drug Prevention Program. Active youth involvement in community activities is important for promoting healthy youth development. This year, our program will begin in Fall 2018. Applications are now available and can be completed online or returned by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, mail: Center for MultiCultural Health 1120 E. Terrace St. Suite 200 Seattle, WA 98122 or fax:(206-568-7644): Attention Me’Kyel.
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.