Healthy Communities

October 2019
Community partners working together
to build health and resilience
Greetings! October promises to be a busy month!
Learn what is happening with the ACEs Action Alliance, Trauma-Informed Schools, Evergreen and Vancouver Faith-Based Coffee groups and Safe Kids Clark County.
Updates and Meetings
ECEAP still has the following pre-school openings:
  • Captain Strong in Battle Ground (5)
  • Hough ELC on Esther St. in downtown Vancouver (16)
  • Lincoln on NW Daniels (13)
  • Park Crest in Evergreen District (10)
For more info, call the Enrollment Team at 360.952.3466 or go to

The Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Resource Management Program is free to brain injury survivors and their families. Support Group meetings at 2 pm on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital, Conf. Rm B. Contact

Trappers4Trappers Mentor Group at Fort Vancouver High School needs adult mentors, snacks and small prizes. Time commitment: two Thursdays per month from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Contact

Teen Talk, a crisis line for youth, has added a text line:
  • Talk: 360.397.2428
  • Text: 360.984.0936

The Flapjack Fundraiser for the Winter Hospitality Overflow Shelter program will take place from 8 - 10 am on Oct. 26.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at any of three Applebees locations:
  • Orchards at 5111 NE 112th Ave
  • Mill Plain at 12717 SE 2nd Circle.
  • Salmon Creek at 13006 NE Hwy 99
You can attend, volunteer at a site, sell tickets or donate your ticket. Contact or call 360.200.8757 for more info.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children who have experienced abuse or neglect) is looking for caring volunteers.

The Access to Baby and Child Dentistry program provides resources and an updated list of dentists who accept Apple Health. For information, brochures or a presentation about ABCD Dental, please connect with Anna Cruz at 564-397-7371 or via email at

Faith-Based Coffee
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Faith-Based Coffee planning team member, Laura Pascoe, stands ready to welcome partners to the Vancouver Faith-Based Coffee meetings. Photo by Cyndie Meyer.

Meets from 8:30 to 10:30 am on the third Wednesday of each month at Cascade Park Baptist Church, 1201 SE 136th Ave., Vancouver.
This year's theme: Growing Together.

  • Next meeting: Oct. 16. Topic: Suicide Prevention
  • Future meetings: Nov. 20; Jan 15 (breakfast), Feb. 19

At the September meeting:
  • Nearly 100 community members participated in a "speed dating" activity to meet other community partners.
  • Evergreen's new school district superintendent, Mike Merlino, discussed the district's goals for students.
  • Two faith partners, Orchards United Methodist and Mill Plain United Methodist shared stories of their partnership with schools, including Orchards Elementary, that supported school children, learning, and neighborhoods this summer. Read about national recommendations for summer youth programs here.
  • Sheryl Stevens, founder of Our City Cares, shared her personal story of loss and community service and discussed the signage campaign that promotes messages of hope and the phone number for the Clark County Crisis Line.

Meets from 9 to 11 am on the fourth Thursday of each month at
Adventist Community Church, 9711 NE St. Johns Rd., Vancouver.
This year's theme: Partnering for Action.

  • Next meeting: Oct. 24. Topic: Domestic Violence. Presenter: YWCA "In Her Shoes". Please join us at 9 am sharp for this powerful discussion.
  • No meetings in November or December.
  • Celebration Breakfast: Jan. 13

At the September meeting:
  • Tabby Stokes, the prevention intervention specialist for Fort Vancouver High School, discussed childhood trauma, teen brain development, youth mental health, efforts at Fort Vancouver High, and how we can all support the resilience of our children and teens.
A special thank you!
To our planning team members; to Adventist Community Church and Cascade Baptist Church for sharing their lovely meeting facilities and hospitality; to community partner, Thea Webber, for providing snacks and coffee at Vancouver Faith Based Coffee; and to Dutch Bros. Coffee for providing beverages for Evergreen Faith Based Coffee.

Photo by Laura Pascoe.
Safe Kids Monthly Meeting
1 0 - 11:30 am on the third Tuesdays of each month at ESD 112, 2500 NE 65th Ave., Vancouver

  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 15
  • Future meetings: Nov. 19, Dec. 17, Jan 21, Feb. 18
Car Seat Safety Class & Clinic  
meets from 10 am - 2 pm on the third Saturday of each month at PeaceHealth Southwest Education Center, 400 NE Mother Joseph Place, Vancouver

  • Next class: Saturday, Oct. 19
  • More information here
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.

Did you know?
Firearms were the leading mechanism for suicide in Clark County last year
The Washington Firearm Tragedy Prevention Network will hold its fall/winter meeting from 11 am - 4 pm on Nov. 6 at the Water Resources Education Center in Vancouver. Anyone with an interest in keeping communities safe, educated and informed about firearm tragedy prevention is welcome to register and attend. We encourage attendance by individuals, community organizations, businesses, government leaders, public health professionals, social services, law enforcement officers, first responders, educators, firearm advocates, parents, mental health and healthcare providers and community leaders. Learn more and register to attend by clicking HERE by October 28.
Upcoming Events
Lunch and learn event with David Pitonyak, Ph.D.

David Pitonyak, renowned speaker and international consultant on human behavior, specializes in the needs of people living with disability. His work informs the message he shares about the important role of inclusion and belonging for people of all ages and abilities.

Join the ACEs Action Alliance and the YWCA CASA program for this informative and inspirational program.

Bring your lunch. Beverages provided.
STAR and Educator Clock hours available for class on ACEs and Resilience

Clark County Public Health and Clark College Economic and Community Development have collaborated to introduce a six-hour orientation to the science of childhood adversity, neurodevelopment, epigenetics and most importantly, resilience. Participants will explore ways to build personal, family, and community resilience and will gain insight into working with others who may have experienced trauma.
  • Time: 4 - 6 pm
  • Dates: Wednesday evenings Oct. 23 - Nov. 6
  • Location: Clark College Eastside location at Columbia Tech Center
  • Cost $79
  • Class number F180
  • Click for info and to register
Become a CASA Volunteer!

Find out how you can use your heart and skills to support children who have experienced abuse or neglect. The Clark County CASA program is holding two information sessions in October at the YWCA, 3406 Main Street, Vancouver:
  • Wednesday, Oct. 9 at noon
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 6 pm

Free Advocacy Training on Oct. 26
The Children’s Alliance will host a free advocacy training this month. Learn how to frame messages for political leaders to advocate on issues that impact the families we serve.
The training is free and lunch will be provided. 

Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 am - 3 pm at the Water Resource Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver.

For more information, contact Emijah Smith at 1.800.854.5437 x25 or
News you can use
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 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).

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.

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