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

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. 

African American Caregivers Forum. Saturday, October 21, 10am–4pm. Southcenter Doubletree Hotel, 16500 Southcenter Parkway, Seattle. Earn 5 CEUs for attendance at this free forum for caregivers whose loved ones are experiencing Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. Free and lunch will be provided but you must register here or by calling 206-706-7084.

Volunteer Driver Summit. Wednesday, October 25, 9am-3pm. Kent Commons - Rainier Room, 525 4th Avenue North, Kent. You're invited to this FREE summit that will bring together our partners in the community - all in an effort to create dialogue surrounding program concerns, funding, leveraging volunteers for your transportation program and brainstorming and discussing new ideas.  The summit will build awareness of volunteer driver programs, connect you with other best practices, and strategize about future resources in our community. No charge for the summit and lunch is included but space is limited. Please RSVP here.

International Community Corrections Association Conference-Integrating Public Health and Criminal Justice Reform. October 29-November 1, The Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle. The conference will focus on strategies to address the opioid epidemic, employment, homelessness, and mental health. Learn more and register here.

The Food Innovation Network's Taste Around the Globe. November 2, two seatings at 6 & 7:30pm at Ubuntu Street Cafe, 202 West Gowe Street, Kent. Join us for a Taste Around the Globe! In one night you can try international dishes of 7 budding food entrepreneurs! The dinner will be prepared by participants in FIN's kitchen incubator program. Space is limited so make sure you get your tickets here!

5th Annual Somali Health Fair. Saturday, November 4 from 10am-5pm at New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave S, Seattle. Please contact Mohamed Shidane for more information.

Age Friendly Seattle is hosting a forum about women and optimal aging in Seattle. November 6, 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.

Making It Work: Investing SSB Taxes for Equitable Community Impact. Thursday Nov 9, 11am-1pm at the Got Green offices in Southside Commons, 3518 S. Edmonds Street, Seattle. Join Got Green for a Lunch & Learn with Xavier Morales, Chair of the Berkeley SSB Commission. RSVP to tammy@gotgreen.org.

Somali Health Board Quarterly Meeting. Thursday, November 16 from 6-8pm at New Holly Public Library, 7058 32nd Avenue S, Seattle. 

The Coalition for Drug Free Youth & Puget Sound ESD Drug Impairment Training for Educational Professionals. November 29 & 30, Community Room at Seola Gardens Housing Complex 11215 5th Avenue SW, Seattle. FREE Training opportunity to coalition members – Lunch provided. Email hkccdistribution@cschc.org for instructions on how to register for free as an HKCC member. 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!