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

Washington Residents Support Safe Bike and Walking Routes for Children

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August 25, 2014 – Seattle, WA Today, the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition (www.copcwa.org) released results of a statewide telephone poll showing that 84 percent of Washington State voters believe that funding to keep children safe from traffic and physically active should be a part of transportation spending in the state. Funding for the survey was made possible through a grant from Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the … Read More

Working Together to Transform Southwest Washington Communities

The Healthy Living Collaborative is composed of a diverse group of community partners from Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties working to reduce and prevent chronic disease and associated risk factors. We do this by promoting policy, systems, and environmental changes that create and support healthy communities. SW WA Coalition Platform (click link for the complete document) outlines the Collaborative’s current focus and opportunities for future work in the following priority areas: Active Living Healthy … Read More

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