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Public Health - Seattle & King County

National recognition of local health champions

Thursday, February 23, 2012

KING COUNTY, WA—The federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has recognized 18 local individuals and organizations for their tireless efforts to address health inequities and improve the community's health, especially as it relates to obesity and tobacco prevention.

This recognition based on nominations from peers is part of Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW), an initiative to join community organizations, local cities, schools districts and public health in addressing the leading causes of preventable death.

Elected leaders, bodies and cities honored include:

Dow Constantine, King County Executive, as an outspoken leader and advocate for environmental protection, public transit and government reform. As Executive he is working to make King County more efficient and performance-based, while integrating equity and social justice into all aspects of county governance.

King County Board of Health for actions over the past two years to reduce tobacco use and prevent obesity. These actions include a Smoke-Free Housing Resolution; restrictions on Electronic Cigarettes, a Soda-Free Sundays resolution, and guidelines for Healthy Vending and Planning for Healthy Communities.

City of Des Moines, Sue Anderson, as an inspirational and motivational project manager who heeded exceptional results from the team and provided additional leadership to adjacent cities.

City of SeaTac, Kit Ledbetter, as a champion for tobacco-free parks who is working to engage teens, law enforcement, parks maintenance crew and other partners.

Community organizations, schools and programs honored include:

Auburn School District, students Mariah Sonstelie and Alyssa Wall, for demonstrating outstanding leadership in developing and promoting the Commit to Fit campaign, designed to empower every child in Auburn to make healthier choices.

Bicycle Alliance of Washington, John Vander Sluis, for his strategic thinking and hard work for the CPPW Safe Routes to School Program that advanced policies and programming to encourage active transportation at 15 elementary schools in five school districts in South King County.

Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition, Vic Colman, for his statewide work in Washington to tackle obesity at the policy and systems level.

Farm to Table Partnership for increasing access to local, affordable and fresh fruits and vegetables for low-income seniors participating in home-delivered and congregate meal programs and children attending child care programs. The Partnership includes King County Housing Authority; Muckleshoot Tribe; Senior Services; Catholic Community Services; City of Seattle Human Services Departments Youth and Family Empowerment and Aging and Disability Services Programs; Puget Sound Food Network; and Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Healthy Foods Here Project Team for creating healthy corner store options in more than 40 neighborhoods in King County. The cross-sector team consists of staff from Public Health, the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development, Urban Food Link, the University of Washington Urban Design and Planning Department faculty and students, Charlie's Produce, StartZone at Highline Community College, the Center for MultiCultural Health, the King County Food and Fitness Initiative, the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS), Burst for Prosperity, and Seattle Tilth.

Healthy King County Coalition co-chairs Shelley Cooper-Ashford of the Centers for MultiCultural Health and Nicole Sanders of the City of Snoqualmie for their long-term commitment to remedying health inequity in King County.

King County

  • Ryan Kellogg and Sarah Ross-Viles, for their oversight and management of the CPPW obesity and tobacco grants.
  • Sherry McCabe, Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services, King County Department of Community and Human Services, for leading a project that will provide tobacco treatment services and tobacco-free campuses at all 105 county-funded behavioral health facilities.

Project MOVE (Mapping our Voices for Equality) which uses digital stories and interactive maps to educate and empower community members to ask for and create a healthier King County. MOVE is comprised of International Community Health Services (ICHS), Sea Mar Community Health Center, Entre Hermanos and Creative Narrations.

Puget Sound Educational Service District (ESD), Matthew Gulbranson, for leading a highly successful project for the Puget Sound ESD's early learning tobacco cessation initiative.

Seattle Housing Authority (SHA), Tom Tierney, as a leader, who went above and beyond the grant deliverable of converting 3,500 units to smoke free to converting all SHA units to smoke-free by February 2012.

University of Washington School of Nursing: Doris Boutain, for leading Moving Together in Faith and Health--a CPPW program of six churches that changed policies ranging from healthy procurement to healthy eating to incorporating physical activity into church programming.

For more information on CPPW, please visit and Let's Do This, the local CPPW health education campaign that encourages residents to get involved in improving the health of their communities.

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