Are you a peer worker who is passionate about sharing resources, ideas, and best practices? Do you want to support other peer workers across Southwest Washington? The Community Health Advocate and Peer Support Network (CHAPS) is looking for up to seven peer leaders to help guide the growing network.
The Healthy Living Collaborative has received a contract from the Regional Health Alliance (Accountable Community of Health for Clark and Skamania counties) to form a Behavioral Health Advisory Board (BHAB). The BHAB will advise and make recommendations on the mental health and substance use disorders block grants. We are asking for an initial commitment of 6 months from BHAB members, with the potential to stay on longer. We are seeking … Read More
The Healthy Living Collaborative is seeking new members for our two leadership committees: Policy and Steering. Members selected will serve two year terms with a monthly commitment of about five hours per month. In both committees we strive to have a diverse mix of members representing the rich and varied communities we serve. CHWs, community leaders, and community representatives are encouraged to apply. The Steering Committee is the governing body for … Read More
WSPHA 2016 attendees had the opportunity to hear Dan Tchozewski (Wahkiakum County CHA), Liz Vladimirova (Rose Village CHW), Valre Bales (South Kelso CHA), Teresa Lavagnino (HLC CHW Coordinator), and Michael O’Neill (Cowlitz County Health and Human Services) present on how to authentically engage with the community.
South Kelso Community Health Advocates, led by CHW Coach Jen Schapman, handed out around 600 water bottles on February 25th donated by Kaiser Permanent to promote the installation of a new hydration station that was donated by Brita in partnership with Mission Readiness and the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition. Savannah Killsree, a high school student health advocate, worked very hard preparing for this event and even gathered dozens of donations from local … Read More
With help from the DOH and HLC, Cowlitz County Health and Human Services is working to improve walkability in Cowlitz County by convening a coalition of citizens and decision-makers who are interested in making pedestrian improvements in our county. Walkable Cowlitz will work on strategies to address everything from sidewalk access to safety, trail development and connectivity, crosswalks and beauty. All these elements contribute to Cowlitz County residents’ ability to … Read More
Working with other neighborhood organizations, HLC’s community health workers advocated for neighborhood safety and community involvement at National Night Out on August 4th at Water Works Park. Community members were given the opportunity to suggest neighborhood improvements (and even the children made suggestions) – like improving paths for walking and biking, sprucing up the skate park, planting more trees and updating the restrooms. As one of the CHWs commented, “Real … Read More
A Peer Network is being established to provide space for practicing peers to come together to learn, support one another, and share ideas and best practices. The HLC is looking for up to seven peers to act as the leadership development team of the network. These individuals will plan the strategy of the Network using a peer governance model. It is essential that the Peer Network be both developed and implemented by peers. … Read More