Duwamish Valley Healthy Communities Initiative

In 2009, the Duwamish Vision Plan and Map identified what the community most wanted: a “healthy community” – healthy river, healthy people, healthy business districts, and more.

DRCC/TAG and partners launched the Duwamish Valley Healthy Communities Initiative in 2011 to make progress towards this goal. It originally consisted of three main projects:

  • Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE): This research-focused project documented health inequities to inform and educate community and decision makers.
  • The Duwamish Valley Cumulative Health Impacts Analysis (CHIA): This project evaluated EPA’s proposed river cleanup plan and made recommendations to improve health outcomes. The recommendations were developed by a “community advisory group,” a “tribal advisory group,” and a “liaison group” and were submitted to EPA as an official comment and presented to local elected officials.
  • The Duwamish Health Impact Assessment (HIA): This action-oriented project identified, prioritized, and funded actions to address community health concerns during an 18 months period.

Even though these three projects wrapped up in 2013, the continued interest and momentum from the community led DRCC/TAG to transform the initiative into an official program. The goal of this program continues to be helping the community achieve the goal of having a healthy community.

In 2014, we successfully secured funding for two new projects:

As always, we will keep on working with and for you to make our river clean and our communities healthier.