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Communities of Opportunity was founded by King County and the Seattle Foundation to improve health and well-being in ethnically and geographically diverse communities throughout King County.

Communities of Opportunity (COO) is receiving applications for a new COO Advisory Board. The Board is the successor to the Communities of Opportunity Interim Governance Group (IGG), which served from 2014 until now. The Communities of Opportunity Board will guide the implementation of the COO activities and serve in an advisory role for the COO elements of the Best Starts for Kids levy. The COO IGG will review applications and make recommendations to King County Executive and King County Council for appointments to the new Board to begin in March/April 2017.

To apply: Please submit the COO application form and a letter of interest to coo@kingcounty.gov or to Communities of Opportunity Attn: Kirsten Wysen, Project Manager, Public Health – Seattle & King County, 401 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1200, Seattle, WA 98104 until Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Staff at a healthy nutrition event in the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle
Participants in a physical activity event in the White Center neighborhood of West Seattle

Latest from COO

Communities of Opportunity is included in the Best Starts for Kids Implementation Plan. King County Executive Dow Constantine sent the Plan to the King County Council on June 1, 2016. The plan is currently under review.

Learn more about Communities of Opportunity:

  • Community-owned data is our truest form of accountability
    At a recent Communities of Opportunity meeting, Sili Savusa—a neighborhood leader in White Center—proudly shared findings from a community-led health survey. It is in fact the most comprehensive health survey in the neighborhood and captures the concerns, assets, equity issues, and diversity within the neighborhood of approximately 13,000 residents.

  • Why 50-year-old housing practices could be linked to poor health outcomes today
    A new post featured on Public Health Insider explains how residential segregation could be linked to poor health outcomes today. The post also points to Communities of Opportunity as one way to create greater health, social, economic and racial equity in King County so that all people thrive regardless of race or place.
Participants in a COO meeting

A local organization's perspective on why Communities of Opportunity is receiving national attention

In King County, many have taken note of Communities of Opportunity (COO), a ground-breaking partnership between community, the Seattle Foundation and King County to address inequities in health, social, racial, and economic outcomes. Now this approach is getting national attention.

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro honored Communities of Opportunity. The Seattle Foundation received the Secretary’s Awards for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships in Washington D.C. at the Council of Foundations annual conference.

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