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 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, January 18, 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
The Seattle Shopping and Wellness Study (SeaSAW). Seattle Children's, UW Center for Public Nutrition, and Public Health - Seattle & King County want to learn more about what kids eat and drink. This study might be a good fit for you if: you have a child who is 7-10 years old OR 12-15 years old; you live in King County in one of our study areas; you and your child speak English, Spanish, or Vietnamese. Families who participate will receive a $50.00 gift card at each time point to thank them for their time. Get more info here.
Messaging Health Equity to Decision-Makers Webinar. Wednesday, December 20, 12-1pm. Many policies meant to improve health are written in such broad strokes that, upon implementation, historically marginalized communities don't receive the intended benefits and health inequities could increase. In the December session of Hot Topics in Practice, Jennifer Messenger Heilbronner explores strategies researched and created by Voices for Healthy Kids for messaging health equity to policy decision-makers to ensure under-resourced communities have access to new programs and funding created by a policy. Register today to learn research-based messages for negotiating health equity language in public policy.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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!