Human Services Department Announces $144k in Health Funding for Older Adults

The Seattle Human Services Department announced today that three organizations will be funded to provide evidence-based health promotion programs for low-income older adults in Seattle-King County, focusing on older adults of color who experience the highest health disparity. Funding awards total over $144,000, and provide support to help people prevent and manage chronic conditions and will be a key strategy in delaying more expensive long-term care services. This grant opportunity requested proposals from providers who promote health and well-being of older adults by the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate evidence-based programs in the community.

Kin On Community Health Care was awarded $50,000 to implement a Chronic Disease Self-Management Education workshop series that provides older adults with education and tools to effectively manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, chronic pain, and depression. Additionally Kin On will offer an evidence-based exercise program developed by the University of Washington to enable older adults at all fitness levels to become more active, energized, and able to maintain their independence.

African Americans Reach and Teach Health (AARTH) was awarded $50,000 to implement a Chronic Disease Self Management Education Program to improve the health of low-income older adults of color, 60+ with a focus on African Americans living with chronic conditions in Seattle-King County.

Sound Generations was awarded $44,374 to continue their Enhance Fitness group exercise class that meets three times per week for one hour and is designed specifically for older adults or people of any age with limited mobility. They will also continue their Enhance Wellness program, which is a participant-centered motivational behavior-change intervention.

The awards for these three programs will be made for the period of January 1, 2017- December 31, 2017. While it is the City’s intention to renew agreements on an annual basis through the 2020 program year, future funding will be contingent upon performance and funding availability.

The Human Services Department invests more than $32.8M to in healthy aging. To learn more about HSD’s work to ensure that all Seattle is great place to grow up and grow old, please visit our website. The awards announced today are funded by the City of Seattle General Fund, title 3D, Title 3B and SCSA.

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The Seattle Human Services Department is one of the largest contributors to Seattle’s safety net. HSD provides $89 million in funding through 400 contracts to nearly 200 agencies supporting Seattle’s most vulnerable residents each year. The department works closely with its community partners, including other public and nonprofit funders and service providers, to understand current and emerging human service needs, and to create and invest in a comprehensive and integrated regional human services system.