Health Equity

The word 'Equity'

Contact

(509) 962-7515
publichealth@co.kittitas.wa.us

Mini-Grant Application

The Kittitas County COVID-19 Health Equity Coalition Mini-Grant Application period is closed.
Award announcements plan to be released July 2022.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 Determinants of Health

Social determinants 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 determinants 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 determinants of health in real life include:

  • Racism and discrimination
  • Access to clean water and air
  • Living in a safe and walkable neighborhood
Icons arranged in a circle representing financial security, education, health care, neighborhood environment, and social/community climate

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

Vision

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

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).

Representation

Members in the coalition were invited to join based on their employment/organization’s sector, and its direct impact on social determinants of health. The following graphic shows the sectors represented in the coalition.

Text arranged in a colorful circle: Youth, Government, Business, Income & Employment, Public Health, Transportation, Housing, Spanish-Speaking, Food Security, Community Health, Faith-Based Organizations, Disabilities, Education, Clinical Care