The Office of Equity and Community Partnerships supports and works with PHSKC divisions, county employees and leaders, and community partners to advance racial and health equity in King County by addressing the root causes of health inequities, including systemic racism. Activities include assuring the department’s commitment to values outlined in Racism as a Public Health Crisis (RPHC) and implementation of King County’s Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan.
Learn more about the Groups and Teams that contribute to the Office of Equity and Community Partnerships.
Learn about Con Confianza y En Comunidad.
Anti-racism and community co-creation drive desired outcomes, decisions, resource allocation, program design, and results across the determinants of equity.
Pandemic/crisis response goal
Inequities in health and determinants of equity are minimized and response objectives are achieved through anti-racism practices and activation of community participation, influence and power.
Public Health implements the ESJ Strategic Plan and Racism as a Public Health Crisis goals and strategies with focus, transparency and accountability, working closely with all divisions.
Anti-Racist Organizing Principles
Building on the legacy work of local community organizers and internal leaders, RPHC Anti-Racist Organizing Principles provide us a framework for challenging racism, power, privilege, and other forms of oppression in our practices. Through these guiding principles, we collectively commit to understanding how race, power, privilege, and other forms of oppression function at the Internalized, Interpersonal, Institutional, and Structural level:
- Focus where negative impacts have been most harmful
- Center on Black and Brown experiences and voices
- Responsive, adaptive, transparent, and accountable
- Focus on addressing root causes