COPC 2019 Annual Report

Oct 31, 2019 by

COPC 2019 Annual Report

2019 was another successful year for COPC and our work in advocating for policy and systems change to secure the health and well-being of all of Washington’s children and families. We continued ongoing work in several important areas and also dove into some new issues. Our top priorities this year focused on increasing access to healthy foods, which included successful advocating for new state funding for fruit and vegetable incentives in food benefit programs and also securing a third round of capital funding for the Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools grant program, which includes helping schools purchase school kitchen and physical education equipment and water bottle filling stations. We also had big wins in the areas of access to physical activity and outdoor recreation and improving safety for bicyclists and pedestrians.

We also continued our dedication to and focus on successful implementation of new policies and programs for which we have advocated. At COPC we believe staying close to policy implementation can be critical to ultimate success. In this past year, we continued to work hard to ensure that Seattle’s Sugary Beverage Tax is successfully implemented and that funding is directed to the programs outlined in the ordinance, including improving access to healthy foods in those communities hardest hit by sugary drink consumption. COPC also actively monitored and stayed engaged with the Department of Children, Youth & Families on the implementation of the new child care licensing standards that went into effect on August 1, 2019. These new licensing standards included tremendous progress in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, and screen time. A summary of the new standards in these areas can be found here .

So, thank you to all of our partners that make our work possible – our funders, our coalition members (and your networks) and our grassroots supporters. Let’s keep working together to make healthy choices easier for all Washingtonians!

Read the complete 2019 report:

COPC Annual Review 2019 FINAL-pg1

 

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