Current and past initiatives
- Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH)
The next step to reducing health disparities in King County, Public Health — Seattle & King County is working with key partners to ensure all communities have what they need to be healthy. It's not just about educating people to make healthier choices, it's about breaking down barriers that stand in the way of health equity.
A growing body of research shows that physical activity and healthier nutrition can improve student learning and boost academic achievement as well as improve health. Our programs work with School Districts and schools throughout King County to provide best public health practices to ensure schools are places of health for all students.
Approximately 80% of all U.S. children ages 2 to 5 with employed mothers are in childcare settings for an average of almost 40 hours a week. At the same time, one in three children younger than 5 years is obese or overweight. Given the extensive use of out-of-home childcare and the high prevalence of obesity and diet-related chronic disease in young children, it is vital to work with childcare settings to provide healthier food options and physical activity opportunities to improve the health of young children.
- Sugary drinks
Sugary drinks cause obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and cavities. Soda is the single greatest source of added sugar in the average American's diet. Our program is working with community organizations, businesses, schools, hospitals and other partners to reduce the availability of sugary drinks so the healthy choice becomes the easy choice.
- Food systems
We are working with community partners all across the county to increase access to healthy, affordable foods especially for our low income communities.
Access to healthy, affordable food is essential to the health and productivity of King County's residents, but most do not consume diets that meet recommendations for health and many suffer from food hardship and food insecurity. As a result, rates of diabetes, heart disease and obesity continue to rise, and these health problems impact the economic productivity of the county. At least 13% of King County's residents are food insecure that is, they do not have consistent access to healthy foods. Access to food is essential for a productive work force and children need food to support health and success at school.
- Active living
Providing the community with access to safe, affordable and convenient places to be physically active is imperative for promoting health, especially in lower-income communities and communities of color. We work with community partners to help make the active choice, the easy choice.
It is recommended that adults participate in 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. Approximately 1/3 of King County adults do not meet these recommendations. Moreover, less than half of KC adults report that they are regularly physically active.
It is also recommended that children and adolescents participate in 60 minutes or more of physical activity per day. Seventy-eight percent of King County students in grade 6, 8, 10, and 12 do not meet this recommendation 7 days per week.
- Community Transformation Grant Transforming the health of South Seattle and South King County
The CTG initiative was a two-year (2012-2014), $3.6 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of the Affordable Care Act's Prevention and Public Health Fund. This grant was a collaborative effort between Seattle Children's, Public Health Seattle & King County, and the Healthy King County Coalition to change systems so all residents can be physically active, have access to healthy foods and drinks and live in tobacco-free environments.
- Communities Putting Prevention to Work
Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) was a national initiative to prevent chronic disease and promote health through policy, systems and environment changes from 2010-2013. King County was one of 55 sites throughout the United States awarded grant funding through the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). The initiative tackled obesity and tobacco use, the leading causes of preventable death in our region. Information about the national CPPW program is at the CDC's website.