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Public Health - Seattle & King County

Chronic disease prevention

Asthma resources
In King County, asthma is the most common reason for children to be admitted to the hospital. This website includes tips on avoiding respiratory "triggers" that set off an asthma episode and details the efforts by the King County Asthma Forum.

Breast, Cervical & Colon Health Program
Provides free breast and cervical cancer screening for low-income women. The goals of the program are to increase early detection of breast and cervical cancer through regular mammogram and Pap test screening, increase preventive health knowledge and behaviors and facilitate access to health care and insurance.

Colon cancer
If you are age 50 or older, colon health screening could save your life. With regular screening, you can stop colon cancer before it starts. Colon cancer starts with a growth, also called a polyp, that is not cancer. Colon health screening can find and remove growths before they develop into cancer.

Community health data
A set of indicators measuring the health of King County residents. It provides a broad array of comprehensive, population-based data with the emphasis on relying on data about the entire community to look at multiple determinants of health. Specific data related to chronic health include
  • Activity limitation
  • Fair or poor health
  • Number of unhealthy days
  • Diabetes prevalence
  • No leisure physical activity
  • Percentage of smokers
  • Asthma prevalence
  • Unhealthy weight
Community Transformation Grant (CTG) Small Communities Program
A collaborative effort to change systems so all residents can be physically active, have access to healthy foods and drinks and live in tobacco-free environments.

Data Watch Reports
Trends in key health indicators for King County including chronic diseases.

Healthy Aging Partnership (external site)
A multi-agency partnership including Public Health - Seattle & King County, the Healthy Aging Partnership's goals include educating social service and health care professionals, caregivers, policymakers and others in our community about issues related to the health and well being of older adults.

King County Steps to Health
King County Steps to Health is a federally-funded program lead by community partners and Public Health - Seattle & King County, focusing on the areas of asthma, diabetes, obesity, nutrition, physical activity and tobacco.

Nutrition
Tips and facts on making healthy food choices in your daily diet. Describes how to interpret the Food Guide Pyramid and the Nutrition Facts label. Hundreds of free recipes available.

Peer Support for Achieving Independence in Diabetes (Peer-AID)
Peer Support for Achieving Independence in Diabetes (Peer-AID), is a five year, randomized trial funded by the National Institutes of Health to provide in-home education and support by community health workers (CHWs) to a low income, ethnically diverse population with type 2 diabetes. 280 participants will be recruited from Harborview Medical Center, the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and Sea Mar Community Health Centers.

Physical activity
The benefits of regular physical activity in preventing chronic disease have been reported widely. Regular physical activity can also help manage the symptoms of chronic disease and improve quality of life.

REACH coalition for diabetes
The mission of the REACH Coalition is to reduce diabetes health disparities experienced by communities of color. Through strong partnerships, the Coalition supports the empowerment of individuals, families, and communities, and creates sustainable long-term approaches to prevention and control of diabetes by utilizing all appropriate community resources in King County.

Local Government Actions to Prevent Childhood Obesity, Institute of Medicine
Committee members include James Krieger, MD, Chief, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Section, Public Health - Seattle and King County