"Transforming the health of South Seattle and South King County communities" 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.
In September 2012, Seattle Children’s Hospital, along with primary partners Public Health Seattle & King County and the Healthy King County Coalition (HKCC) received a two-year, $3.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These funds are made available through the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund. With these monies, we are partnering with local governments, schools, hospitals, low-income housing groups, as well as childcare and youth organizations to improve environments and opportunities for health.
Areas of focus include the cities of Auburn, Burien, Des Moines, Kent, Normandy Park, Renton, SeaTac and Tukwila, and the neighborhoods of Southeast Seattle (including Beacon Hill, Georgetown, and South Park) and North Highline. This area has a combined population of over 479,000.
The grant funding lasts from October 2012 September 2014, but by helping communities, institutions, and organizations make healthier options the easiest choices, it is expected that this work will have both immediate and long-term health benefits.
The work builds on the Communities Putting Prevention to Work federal stimulus fund investment in King County between 2010 and 2012.