BIG HOORAH! HLC Platform gets a big win with e-cig ordinance!

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on April 30, 2015, Clark County’s Board of Councilors passed an ordinance enacted by the Clark County Board of Health  that prohibits the use of electronic vapor devices in any place where smoking is prohibited – with the exception of businesses where vapor devices are sold. This is a BIG WIN for the Healthy Living Collaborative in its mission to support  health in all policies and services. Thank you to the members of … Read More

Wahkiakum School Board Hears Student Health Advocates

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On April 23, three students from Wahkiakum High School presented to the Wahkiakum School District Board of Directors “to advocate for the training of youth on common health care issues, problems, and resources so students can then rely on their trained peers as a resource.” Under the direction of HLC’s Sue Cameron, Director of Wahkiakum County Health & Human Services, and Danelle Barlow, the public health nurse providing coaching to the … Read More

Housing Stability and Education Work Group Hosts Michael Mirra

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Michael Mirra is the Director of the Tacoma Housing Authority. Under his direction the THA has implemented a pilot project at McCarver Elementary School “to learn if a housing authority can so spend its housing dollars, not only to house families, but also to promote school outcomes for their children and to promote the success of schools that serve low-income children.” By using dollars this way, the THA would be able to help people succeed … Read More

Congratulations Community Health Worker Graduates!

  February 23rd was a very big day for 26 graduates who had undergone 8 weeks of serious training with the Multnomah County Capacitation Team to become Community Health Workers. Words of encouragement were given by Lisa Miller who had emigrated from Haiti at the age of 7 and learned to advocate for herself in the realm of health and education even though she did not speak any English at that time. Today … Read More

City Council Workshop draws standing room only crowd

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The Council For the Homeless together with many other partners drew a standing room only crowd of over 100 supporters wearing red to the first Vancouver City Council Workshop held on the topic of Affordable Housing. This is the start of a timely conversation when the growing lack of housing is displacing many families. Several community health workers showed up to show their support: pictured above are Rose Village CHWs … Read More

Throughout March Affordable Housing Open Forums Offered

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Open-Forum-Flyer WSU Vancouver recently announced a schedule of Affordable Housing Open Forums (click twice on the image above to see forum location and times!) TWO HLC partners the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington and Washington State University Vancouver are encouraging problem solving through respectful civil discourse and listening to people. Read the Columbian article:http://www.columbian.com/news/2015/feb/26/wsuv-students-facilitate-listening-tour-on-housing/

Youth Testifies in Olympia on impact of E-cigs on youth

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The HLC supports each county’s Board of Health to enact an ordinance that prohibits the use of electronic vapor devices (E-cigarettes) in any place where smoking is prohibited per RCW70.160 (Smoking in Public Places). This young man, Bryce, attended a training hosted by ESD 112 with Change Lab Solutions through their youth tobacco funds aimed at prohibiting local electronic vapor devices in public places. After the training he went to Olympia … Read More

HLC Voices are Heard in WA; listen in here!

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Community Health Worker Ophelia Noble from South Kelso presented to the health care and wellness legislative committee in Olympia with Kathy Burgoyne from the Foundation for Healthy Generations.  They provided a brief work session on Community Health Workers and received very positive feedback from the committee.  A huge shout out to Ophelia Noble!  We have such an incredible group of Community Health Workers in SW Washington and it is beyond … Read More

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