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Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH): The next step to reducing health disparities in King County

Public Health – Seattle & King County, Seattle Children's Hospital, and the Healthy King County Coalition announce 2015 funding awards from the King County Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) work, the newest funding stream in King County's history of Healthy Communities work.

As part of PICH, over the next two and a half years, over $8 million in federal funds will be provided to projects to increase access to healthy environments where people live, learn work and play.

Agencies will implement evidence- based and promising practices to improve nutrition and increase physical activity to reduce health disparities in south Seattle and south King County. The awardees are listed below according to the strategy they will employ.

Want to know more about the work in our communities to increase access to healthy food, physical activity and tobacco-free environments? See summary of work taking place by PICH partners.

Physical activity environments in schools

These awardees will be working to implement evidence-based physical education curriculum and physical activity throughout the school day.

  • Federal Way Public Schools
  • Highline School District
  • Interagency Academy
  • Seattle Public Schools

Healthy eating and physical activity in licensed, home child care settings

These awardees will be working with licensed, family home child care providers to incorporate best practices for healthy eating, physical activity and screen time in child care settings.

  • Child Care Resources
  • City of Seattle Human Services Department
  • Horn of Africa Services

Healthier environments by addressing sugar and sugary drinks

  • City of Tukwila – The Parks and Recreation Department will implement a Healthy Tukwila program to conduct public awareness and create environment changes regarding sugar and sugary drinks.

Access to healthy, affordable foods

  • City of Seattle Human Services Department – Increase access to local, healthy, affordable food for 2,000 low-income South Seattle and South King County residents through new mobile farm stands, nutrition education and gardening support, community engagement, and the Food Systems Investment Strategy.

  • Clean Greens Farm and Market – Increase access to healthy, affordable food through expansion of farm stands and community supported agriculture programs and through increasing the amount of farm fresh food provided to food banks in the Central District.

  • Des Moines Area Food Bank – In collaboration with other food banks, implement a new farm in Maple Valley to provide fresh produce to 12 area food banks.

  • International Rescue Committee, Inc. – Incorporate healthy eating into its organizational approach by changing its cultural orientation for new refugees and engage refugees in environment change work with local food-providing organizations.

  • One America – In collaboration with partners, provide support and technical assistance to ethnic grocers in South King County to maintain WIC certification to provide healthy food for low income families.

  • Seattle Tilth Association – Increase access to healthy foods for low-income and vulnerable individuals and families in Southeast Seattle and South King County by increasing community kitchens and good food bag distribution sites.

  • Washington Community Action Network Education & Research Fund (Washington CAN!) – Expand its successful good food bag project for immigrant and low-income families and families of color in Auburn and beyond.

Farmers markets with nutrition incentive programs for SNAP recipients

These awardees will work to increase the number of farmers markets in South Seattle and South King County that accept EBT and offer nutrition incentive programs for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

  • City of Renton Farmers Market
  • City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment

Healthy food and active living policies in community plans

  • City of SeaTac – In collaboration with partners, support improved access to healthy food with an update to the City's regulatory Codes and policies, community engagement, and creation of a model community garden design to showcase an implementation strategy.

  • City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development – Conduct community engagement to promote healthy community planning in the North Delridge community.

  • Skyway Solutions – Develop a subarea plan to incorporate healthy community planning efforts and promote increased bicycling/walking, access to healthy foods, and mixed-use development.

Communities with youth-led campaigns to promote healthy eating

  • Food Education and Empowerment Sustainability Team (FEEST) – Implement a youth-led education and awareness campaign in Delridge and White Center to build knowledge and awareness of junk food and sugary drinks.

Place-Based Collaboratives

  • Global to Local – In coordination with community partners, implement a collaborative in the city of SeaTac to reduce inequities around healthy eating.

  • Kent Youth & Family Services – In coordination with community partners, implement a collaborative in the city of Kent to reduce inequities around healthy eating, active living, and tobacco-free environments.

Tobacco-free environments

We will work with a variety of partners to promote tobacco-free living. Specifically, we will increase the number of multi-unit housing with smoke-free policies; increase the number of colleges with tobacco-free campuses and increase K-12 school districts that prohibit e-cigarettes and other vapor devices in their policies.


In addition, the PICH partners – Healthy King County Coalition, Seattle Children's Hospital, and Public Health – Seattle & King County – will be provided with funds to help oversee and guide the program.

The above work, along with other PICH-based activities, is funded through a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with 100% federal funds.

We will continue to update this page as more PICH opportunities and funding are announced.