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. 

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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 (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.)

events & Announcements

Using the HEAT*! Healthy King County Coalition Training of Trainers. August 29th, 9am-3:30pm, Pacific Tower, 1200 12th Ave. S., 8th Floor Conference Room Seattle. 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!

2017 Health Equity Summit. September 14th, 9-4pm, South Seattle College, 6767 Corson Ave. S. Seattle. The Summit will highlight, discuss, and define new opportunities for Health Equity PSE work. Join us for panel discussions, HKCC Workgroup PSE interactive sessions, and our very special guest and Keynote speaker LaDonna Redmond, Campaign for Food Justice Now. Please RSVP here.

Partner Events & Announcements

Big Day of Play 2017! August 19th, 11am-5pm. Rainier Playfields and Center, 4600 38th Ave. S., Seattle. 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.

The Cross Cultural Health Care Program launch of the 2017 Edition of the Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter Textbook. August 23rd, 5:30-7:30pm. Pacific Tower, 1200 12th Ave. S., 8th Floor Conference Room, Seattle. Meet some of the talented team of individuals that contributed to the textbook and network with fellow professionals committed to language access and patient care. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP here.

Eagle Staff and Cascadia Murals Unveiling. August 25th, 5-8pm. Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, 1330 N. 90th St., Seattle. 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: janelle@cschc.org or fax:(206-568-7644): Attention Janelle Okorogu.

Civic Boot Camp: Immigration. August 18th OR August 25th. 12-4:30pm. 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

Closing The Hunger Gap Conference. September 11-13th. Greater Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce, Tacoma. The goal of the 2017 CTHG conference is to move hunger relief organizations toward strategies that promote social justice and address the root causes of hunger, using the lens of racial and economic equity. Register here.

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

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.

Join us for a workshop on Healthy Kids' Meals and learn more about this issue and how your community can get involved.

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!