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Mini-Grant Application

The Kittitas County COVID-19 Health Equity Coalition Mini-Grant Application period is closed.
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What is Health Equity?

The Kittitas County Public Health Department’s vision is that everyone in our community has the "freedom and ability to pursue healthy lives in a healthy environment". Achieving health equity means providing the resources necessary for everyone to reach their full health potential.

Social Drivers of Health

Social drivers of health are the conditions found in the places people live, work, learn, and play that have an impact on a person's health, well-being, and quality of life. Social drivers of health fit into five domains, including:

  • Financial Security
  • Access to and Quality of Education
  • Health Care Access and Quality
  • Neighborhood and Built Environment
  • Social and Community Climate

Examples of social drivers of health in real life include:

  • Racism and discrimination
  • Access to clean water and air
  • Living in a safe and walkable neighborhood

KCPHD Health Equity Committee

The Kittitas County Health Department Health Equity Committee meets monthly and is composed of KCPHD staff members from various divisions. The purpose of this group is to develop and update existing policies and procedures to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity for all Kittitas County residents.

Kittitas County COVID-19 Health Equity Coalition

The COVID-19 Health Equity Coalition (CHEC) was created in January 2022 in response to a grant awarded to the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) by the Washington State Department of Health (WA DOH).


To advance health equity in Kittitas County and work collaboratively to reduce COVID-19 related health disparities among rural and underserved populations.


Members in the coalition were invited to join based on their employment/organization’s sector, and its direct impact on social drivers of health.

COVID-19 Rural Health Equity Mini Grant Recipients

At this time, all mini grant subcontracts have ended. Over $187,000 was spent to help communities in Kittitas County build connection and resiliency after isolation from the COVID-19 pandemic.

APOYO: Amigos Atléticos

A youth project to help build connection and resiliency after isolation from COVID-19. Creating healthy habits and relationships with new friends through fitness. All sessions are free of charge. This project ended May 31, 2023. There are plans for the program to start again in the fall.

For more information visit: : Amigos Atléticos
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Youth playing soccer outside as part of APOYO's Amigos Atléticos program.

Comprehensive Healthcare

Comprehensive Healthcare is expanding an existing program. Previously, Kittitas County did not have a Mental Health First Aid certified instructor. So, Comprehensive Healthcare sent a staff member to get certified and they will soon begin providing trainings to the Kittitas County community, with a focus on agricultural and hay production workers.
Mental health first aid is an eight-hour training program that prepares community members to identify, understand, and respond to people exhibiting signs of mental illness. It helps reduce stigma and provides community awareness and support.

 Mentel Health First Aid training reduces stigma, provides community awareness and support, addresses coming mental health concerns, helps recognize the signs and symptoms, and helps with self-help strategies.

Ellensburg School District : Tiináwit Payúutmita - Native American Cultural Program

A project providing opportunities for Native American/Alaskan Native youth and families to foster connection and resiliency after isolation from COVID-19. All sessions are free of charge. Youth and their parents connect through social and cultural gatherings, while gaining cultural knowledge through Tribal Elder teachings.

Student working on a beading project in the Ellensburg School District Native American/Alaskan Native cultural program.

Gallery One Visual Arts Center: Art to Go Kits

Gallery One is distributing free Art to Go Kits, which include all the materials for an art project, closed caption video instruction, as well as English and Spanish written instructions. The goal of Art to Go Kits is to build resiliency and support mental health because of isolation and trauma from the COVID-19 pandemic. Distribution is focused on individuals who may otherwise not have access to art instruction.

Art to Go Kit example of a wooden shadow box nativity scene with night sky background.

Kittitas County Early Learning Coalition (KCELC)

KCELC provides free education and socioemotional learning tools to parents and families for use at home, to help build resiliency and school readiness after isolation from COVID-19. KCLEC is also offering in-person, play-based parent-child events.

Kittitas County Health Network (KCHN)

The Kittitas County Health Network is an expansion of an existing program. They have promotores de salud (community health workers) coordinating COVID vaccine clinics and focusing on connecting the Latinx population to services that address health disparities and support social drivers of health. They’ve successfully built a rapport with the Latinx community in Kittitas County and focus on delivering culturally appropriate care. Clients have reported feeling supported by the advocacy efforts and their warm connection, or warm handoffs, to services.

Promotores de salud often meet people where they are at, such as their homes, neighborhoods, and environments that promote inclusion. Making appropriate referrals and reducing barriers to accessing appropriate care and services.

Quiet Cadence

Quiet Cadence is a newer, non-profit organization focusing efforts on improving the wellbeing of healthcare professionals affected by COVID-19; using mind-body exercise and peer support groups to care for those who provide healthcare to our community, so they can continue to care for us all.

Person feeding a white horse

Thorp School District

Thorp School District is focusing on supporting students with well-being programs, peer support groups, and resiliency support because of isolation from COVID-19. Staff are being trained in Suicide and Social Emotional Learning to help better address students’ needs. Peer support groups are helping to address students’ social skills, depression, anxiety, disruptive behaviors, emotional regulation, and suicidal thoughts.