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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.

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.
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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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