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.

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, November 16, 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.

Partner Events & Announcements

CareerWork$ Medical™ Class. September 12th – November 3rd (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8am–3pm) Greenbridge Learning Center
9720 8th Ave. SW, Seattle. 8 weeks of free industry-specific job training with a customer service and healthcare focus. To learn more or get signed up, contact Me’Kyel Bailey at 206-503-0365 or mbailey@ywcaworks.org

El Centro de la Raza is taking registrations for their Plaza Roberto Maestas After-School Program! If you know of a student in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade and going to a public school in the area, we ask you get them in touch with us. Program Components: Homework tutoring, all subjects; Cultural enrichment for building leadership and introductory concepts of social justice; 2 days per week there will be a theater component; 1 day per week there will be a computer programming component. 9/21 - 12/18, M – F, 4 – 6pm. Call to register, (206) 957-4609.

SeaTac Community Kitchen Night. September 27th, 6-8pm. SeaTac Community Center, 13735 24th Avenue, South, SeaTac. Join the Food Innovation Network and the City of SeaTac for a free community kitchen night (CKN). Last spring we filled the house for our first ever CKN. Don’t miss out! Come experience food from different cultures while learning about the history of each dish. Would you like to help create these dishes? We have eight Kitchen Assistant opportunities to assist the cooks and learn the behind the scenes skills. You must preregister and be 15+ years of age. Cooking starts at 4:00 p.m. Spaces are limited. RSVP by calling 206-973-4680.

Modify the Menu: A Healthy Kids' Meal Workshop. September 27th, 10am-noon. Kent Public Health Center, 25742 104th Ave SE, Kent. Can families in your community find healthy foods for their children when eating out? This workshop explores Healthy Kids' Meals and how your community can get involved. Space is limited to 30 guests.Please reserve your spot by Friday, September 8th.

Webinar about King County Healthy Youth Survey Data Related to Marijuana. September 28, 10am. Data and risk factors that impact youth marijuana use. Register here.

Applying an Equity Lens to Youth Marijuana Prevention and Education Workshop. October 5, 9am–1pm. (including lunch!), Centilia Cultural Center at el Centro de la Raza, 1660 South Roberto Maestas Festival Street, Seattle. Register here.

Community Based Participatory Research Event with the Somali Health Board. October 8th, 4-7pm at New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave. S, Seattle. Please join SHB's lead researcher Hana Mohamed at New Holly Gathering Hall as we share the community based participatory research (CBPR) findings on mental health. This is a feedback and info sharing. We welcome all 70+ participants, stakeholders, community leaders and service providers to share their concerns and how we can all work together to better serve our community. Food, Childcare, and a $25 gift card will be provided to participants.

12th Annual Latino Health Forum. October 12th, 8am-4:30pm at Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel & Conference Center, 17620 International Blvd, Seattle. This event is dedicated to the exchange of innovative ideas, best practices and the advancement of health for the Latino community. The forum is a valuable platform for individuals working in health care, social justice, public policy and for those working with underserved Latino populations. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and network with practitioners, researchers and community activists currently impacting the field of public health. Individuals will gain valuable resources and skills towards shaping health policy and creating greater health equity for Latino populations here in the Pacific Northwest region. Register Here.

Cascade Bicycle Club Fall Advocacy Leadership Institute Retreat. October 21, 10am-4pm and November 4, 10am-4pm. Calling all community members interested in transportation advocacy! This training will cover bike and built environment topics, the useful tools of crafting messages, campaign planning, working with media, and coordination. More info here. Applications to attend due by October 12 at 5pm. 

Age Friendly Seattle is hosting a forum about women and optimal aging in Seattle. November 6th, 3pm-8pm. Equity topics include economic security; the intersection of ageism, racism, and sexism; caregiving; home ownership; employment; women's health; and more. Presenters will be announced in September. Register here.

Policy Link Equity Summit 2018: Our Power. Our Future. Our Nation April 11-13, 2018 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.

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: janelle@cschc.org or fax:(206-568-7644): Attention Janelle Okorogu.

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!

Earn up to $265! University of Washington, University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard are seeking English-speaking adults in King County that own a smartphone to participate in a 2-year research study to learn about people’s food and beverage purchases. Call (253) 234-7358 or email kingcountycheckout@gmail.com for more information!