Founded in 2010, HKCC is a POC-led network of movement builders and organizers. Together, we lead the way toward health equity in King County. We leaders and provide expertise and tools to eliminate health disparities while honoring the wisdom and power of those who have been subject to race, class, or identity discrimination. We do this through leadership development for community members as well as project planning tools, policy creation, education, and advocacy for organizations serving community. We’re uniquely nimble and responsive to emerging opportunities, combining strong historical knowledge and cross-sector perspectives to achieve equitable policies and systems.
We are a coalition of over 40 members, from grassroots organizations and individuals to government agencies and foundations. Our diverse member-base drives coalition projects, policy-priority areas, and development of new tools through participation in focused work groups. While we operate a tiered system of member dues, we are sustained by a diversified mix of public and private funding from foundations, local government, and individual contributions.
events & Announcements
HKCC Health Equity Summit. Thursday, September 27 at the Brockey Center, South Seattle College .
SOLD OUT. Registration is required and tickets are available on a sliding scale - no one will be turned away for inability to pay.
Seattle/King County Clinic. September 20-23 at Key Arena. A four-day health clinic that provides free dental, vision and medical care. All services are free and all are welcome - Patients do not need ID or proof of immigration status. Services are not limited to residents of Seattle and King County. Free admission tickets distributed at 5am - one ticket per person; No advance registration: FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED; Interpreters and free parking available. More info here.
HKCC Health Equity Summit. Thursday, September 27 at Brockey Center, South Seattle College. Dr. Ben Danielson of Odessa Brown Children’s 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, Nikkita Oliver, and Nakisha Nathan of Coalition of Communities of Color in Portland, OR)) 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.
Empowering Hispanic Youth to Take Action for a Tobacco-Free Life. September 27 from 2-3pm ET. This webinar will introduce the participants to the work of the Truth Initiative to achieving a culture where all youth and young adults reject tobacco. It will also describe effective strategies and provide information on available resources to empower and engage youth and organizations to take action in their communities to achieve a tobacco-free future. This webinar is FREE and open to all but requires registration.
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.
IV National Assembly of the US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA). October 12 – 15 in Bellingham. Join grassroots organizations, activists, scholars, union members, farmers, fisherfolk, and other food chain workers to build lasting relationships as we work toward a common goal of food sovereignty. The event will be hosted by Community to Community Development and will feature speakers, workshops, and opportunities to build food sovereignty, together. Click here for more information and to register.
Future Women in EMS / Fire Workshop. October 13-14, 9am-5pm at Renton Fire Station 14 -1900 Lind Avenue S, Renton. More info on this is a free 2-day course but interested individuals must complete and submit an application by September 20 to be considered.
Transportation Summit. October 23 from 10am-3pm at New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave S, Seattle & November 3 from 1-4pm at Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th St, Bellevue. The goal of the Summit is to identify challenges the target populations of older adults, people with disabilities, and caregivers face when finding transportation options that suit their needs. Anyone with a vested interest in advocating for better transportation options for these target populations is invited to attend and contribute to our group discussion. RSVP link soon and more info here! A full lunch will be provided for the event on October 23rd. November 3rd event will include light refreshments, and will be accompanied by a Resource Fair where attendees can learn more about transportation options that are available to them. CART captioning services will be available at both events.
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.
African American Caregivers Forum, A Legacy of Love. Saturday, November 10, from 9am -3pm at the Southcenter Doubletree Hotel, 16500 Southcenter Parkway, Tukwila. The forum is an opportunity to support caregivers whose loved ones are experiencing Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. This year the forum will feature presentations, exhibits, entertainment, lunch, and prize drawings for caregivers. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-684-0706.
PolicyLink's Counting a Diverse Nation: Disaggregating Data on Race and Ethnicity to Advance a Culture of Health report is now available. A multifaceted investigation that explores the leading issues and opportunities of racial/ethnic data disaggregation, and its implications for advancing health equity. The report provides a comprehensive assessment of racial and ethnic data disaggregation practices today, and concrete recommendations for improving research methods and promoting government policies that enhance and enable data disaggregation in the future.
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:
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.
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.
#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.