Healthy
Communities
Newsletter

May 2020
Community partners working together
to build health and resilience
May meetings of Trauma-Informed Schools, Evergreen and Vancouver Faith-Based Coffees will be held online via ZOOM. See below for details on how to register.

Safe Kids Clark County and Car Seat classes at PeaceHealth are cancelled.
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Our May ZOOM meetings of Faith-Based Coffee will focus on how our schools, partner agencies and faith communities are faring and responding during COVID-19.

Diana Avelos-Leos will share a beautiful communication campaign designed especially for and with input from local communities of color about safety and resilience during COVID.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. All meetings open to the public and visitors welcomed!


  • No meetings in June, July or August


  • No meetings in June, July or August


New resources for faith and community leaders:


Product Recalls

Safe Kids Worldwide lists product recalls each month. Please note: Product recalls never expire, so it’s important to check the recalls on a regular basis. This is especially important for hand-me-down or pre-owned children’s products.

Used child car seats and bike helmets should never be re-used in case their integrity is compromised.
Car Seat Safety class and clinic  
 Cancelled for May
Safe Kids Clark County monthly meeting

The May meeting of Safe Kids is cancelled.

  • No meetings in July and August

Preventing children's injuries at home

Because of the COVID-19 “Stay Home, Stay Safe” mandate, children are home all day with a lot of free time. This has led to an increase in injuries from falls and poisoning from household cleaners. Washington Poison Control Center has reported a 23 percent increase in calls about poisoning compared over the same time last year. The National Capital Poison Center has reported a 100% increase in calls related to disinfectants.

Safe Kids Worldwide offers a Home Safety Checklist and a Parents Checklist with reminders of what parents can do to keep their children safe.

Washington Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222
Community Health Access Resource Group Bimonthly Meeting (CHARG)
No CHARG meeting in May

News you can use
Keep up-to-date with factual information about COVID-19




  • Washington State Coronavirus Hotline: 800-525-0127. Open 6 AM-10 PM daily. This hotline is a partnership effort between Washington State Department of Health and Washington 211. This replaces the DOH novel coronavirus call center.  (Please note that the statewide 211 system differs from our local 211 system.)


  • The COVID-19 dashboard lets you track case numbers statewide, county by county. Updated daily. Click here

  • Reporting violations of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy mandate: file online report at www.coronavirus.wa.gov 

  • CRESA offers an automated “COVID-19 Hotline”: Call 311 and press 7 when prompted or call 971-599-2296

  • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has announced the partial reopening of outdoor recreation, including hunting, fishing and golfing, beginning May 5.

Coming Soon from Public Health: The Healthier Clark County InfoMap!
What is it? The Healthier Clark County InfoMap tool offers a new way of learning about health issues and how they impact people in our communities. Through data visualized on maps and charts, users can explore how health and the circumstances and environments that influence health are distributed across the county.

What data are in the tool? Topic areas in the InfoMap include demographics and social factors that influence health, such as income, education and housing. The tool also features several public health focus areas, including maternal health, child health, adverse childhood experiences, chronic disease, substance use and behavioral health. 

When can I see it? The tool will launch in May 2020 and will be available on the Clark County Public Health website.

Contact Info:
Emergency Response Resources
The Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities published these comprehensive lists of:


About our coalitions and community groups
The ACEs Action Alliance is:
A multi-sector collaborative of public and private organizations and individuals. We raise awareness about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their long-term impact. We promote trauma-informed approaches and policies to support resilience and healing for people of all ages. All are welcome at monthly meetings.

The Trauma-Informed Schools Team is open to anyone who works in or with schools in Clark County. We meet monthly to explore tools, resources and applications of trauma-informed principles for schools.

Check the calendar at ACEsActionAlliance.org for current meeting information and other resources.
Faith-Based Coffee is:
A non-denominational bridge that joins faith partners, communities and local schools to share learning, meet the needs of children, families and neighborhoods, and address emergent needs that arise in our community. All are welcome. Members maintain the separation of church and state at meetings and when fulfilling needs by serving from the heart without promoting personal religious beliefs or engaging in religious recruitment.
Safe Kids Clark County is:
A member of  Safe Kids Worldwide , a grassroots network of more than 600 coalitions and chapters that work closely with law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, health professionals, educators, businesses, public policy makers, and, most importantly, parents and kids to promote safety. Priorities include proper car seat use, baby's safe sleep, reducing child vehicular injuries and deaths, and water safety. Local coordination provided by American Medical Response (AMR).
CHARG is:
A local forum for community members and health professionals to connect and collaborate in order to deliver appropriate services that meet the needs of the diverse populations of Clark County. At each of our bi-monthly forums, the Clark County Community Health Access Resource Group (CHARG) strives to illuminate and educate participants on a handful of themed topics relating to health access.
Clark County Breastfeeding Coalition is:
A coalition that works to improve the health of our community by promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding. CCBC is committed to identify and eliminate barriers to breastfeeding among families of all races and ethnicities in Clark County in order to foster a culture of inclusion.

The coalition works collaboratively to connect, educate and promote breastfeeding practices in all Clark County communities. CCBC also works to create an environment that supports breastfeeding as the cultural norm for infant feeding.


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