Seattle Chinatown – International District’s Healthy Community Action Plan is:

  • Changing the built environment to increase social interaction and active living​.
  • Implementing policies that promote social and health equity​.
  • Addressing the high rates of violence and the perception that the neighborhood is unsafe.​
  • Furthering housing and economic development​.
  • Employing bilingual advocates and health educators.

Key Partners

  • InterIm Community Development Association​
  • Swedish Medical Center​
  • Public Health Seattle & King County​

In partnership with:

  • International Community Health Services
  • Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation & Development Authority
  • Vietnamese Friendship Association
  • Friends of Little Saigon
  • Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Association
  • Yesler Community Collaborative
  • Chinese Information and Service Center

Obstacles to Health and Identified Health Challenges

  • Public safety, cleanliness and sanitation, limited opportunities to improve health and wellness, and social isolation
  • Poverty, limited English skills, gentrification pressures, limited access to resources, toxic stress, unemployment, poor housing, poor air quality
  • Significant health disparities affecting people of color, immigrants, and low-income residents
  • High rates of asthma, other respiratory, and cardiac-related hospital visits
  • Bottom 25% in county for obesity, smoking, diabetes, frequent mental distress, Adverse Childhood Event scores, life expectancy at birth, preventable hospitalizations
  • Rates of violence, including homicide, are the worst in the county


Seattle Chinatown — International District Healthy Community focuses on the Chinatown-International District (CID), which has been the first American home for many immigrants from Asia and the Pacific since Seattle was founded.

Approximately 50% of the residents speak little to no English; many residents are elderly and live in extreme poverty. Many own small businesses, yet they struggle to provide for their employees. Furthermore, the statistics for many key health indicators — including frequent mental distress, obesity, unemployment, and violence — are in the worst quartile in the county. ​

InterIm CDA, Swedish Medical Center, Public Health Seattle & King County will work with key partners to identify specific upstream solutions with promise or that have evidence of improving the quality of life for these residents while maintaining unique community assets. By utilizing bilingual advocates and health educators, this project aims to provide development in the economic, housing, and wellness sectors. ​