Healthy Communities

September 2019
Working together to build health and resilience
We are pleased to introduce a newsletter for groups and coalitions supported by Clark County Public Health and our incredible partners.

By combining multiple mailings into a single monthly newsletter, we hope to encourage shared knowledge and resources in a concise and convenient fashion. Look for the Healthy Communities Newsletter during the first week of each month.

We continue to welcome your news and announcements and look forward to seeing you at upcoming meetings of the ACEs Alliance, Faith-Based Coffee and Clark County Safe Kids. Thank you for all you do to support the health and resilience of our community.
The ACEs Action Alliance is:
A multi-sector collaborative of public and private organizations and individuals. We raise awareness about adverse ch i ldhood 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, resource 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).
Upcoming Meetings
The updated calendar for all meetings can be found at
Alliance General Meeting:
Topic: Child Abuse Prevention
  • 1:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24
  • YWCA, 3609 Main St., Vancouver

Trauma-Informed Schools:
Guest speaker David Pitonyak, Ph.D. on "The Importance of Belonging"
  • 1 - 3 pm
  • Thursday, Sept. 19 *
  • ESD 112, 2500 NE 65th Ave., Vancouver

* NOTE : Special date for the September meeting. Trauma-Informed Schools usually convenes on the second Thursday of the month
Evergreen Faith-Based Coffee: Guest speaker David Pitonyak, Ph.D. on "The Importance of Belonging"
  • 8:30 -10:30 am
  • Wednesday, Sept. 18
  • Cascade Park Baptist Church, 1201 SE 136th Ave., Vancouver

Vancouver Faith-Based Coffee:
Topic: Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
  • 9 - 10 am
  • Thursday, Sept. 26
  • Community Adventist Church, 9711 NE St. Johns Rd., Vancouver

Safe Kids Monthly Meeting (new date!):
  • 10 - 11:30 am
  • Tuesday, Sept. 17
  • ESD 112, 2500 NE 65th Ave., Vancouver

NOTE: Safe Kids meetings will be held on the third Tuesdays of the month.
Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 2. Learn details (schools, times, etc.) at the September 17 meeting!
Upcoming Events
Community Conversation focuses on resilience
What are the ripples of childhood trauma? What do parents, businesses, and community members need to know? The impact of trauma can touch every part of our life and how we respond to daily situations at school, at home, and at work. Join the community conversation on how to build community resilience and address the impacts of trauma across the lifespan.

  • 6:30 - 8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, Sept. 18
  • Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver
Central Vancouver celebrates diversity
Celebrate our community's amazing diversity at this free, enjoyable and inclusive gathering. Live music, fun, prizes and great food! Don't miss the Fourth Plain Multicultural Festival!
  • 11 am to 5 pm
  • Saturday, Sept. 7
  • Evergreen Park, Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver
Recruiting for Fourth Plain Advisory Board
Fourth Plain Coalition seeks advisory board members
If you live in central Vancouver and want to impact the Fourth Plain Community in a positive way, let your voice be heard! Volunteer to participate as a member of the Fourth Plain Community Advisory Committee. Applications close at the end of September.

Postive Discipline training
Local train-the-trainer for Positive Discipline in the Classroom
Positive Discipline in the Classroom has been taught at school across Clark County by Jody McVittie, MD. You can become certified to teach this approach by attending a two-day training in Portland on October 11 and 12. Be an invaluable resource to your school and community. Learn effective, trauma-informed classroom management techniques and how to share them with fellow teachers, counselors and administrators.

Clark College offers new community class on ACEs and Resilience

Clark County Public Health and Clark College Economic and Community Development have collaborated to introduce a basic 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. STAR and clock hours available.
  • Time: 4 - 6 pm
  • Dates: Wednesday evenings Oct. 23 - Nov. 6
  • Location: Clark College eastside location at Columbia Tech Center
  • Cost $79
  • Click for info and to register
News you can use
child in car seat
Child Safety
Car Seat Safety Class & Clinic  
  • Third Saturdays
  • 10 am - 2 pm
  • Next class: Saturday, Sept. 21
  • PeaceHealth Southwest, Education Center

children die in hot cars
Prevent Heatstroke Tragedy
Did you know that a car's internal temperature can rise by 19 degrees in just 10 minutes?
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, every 10 days, a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle. In more than half of these deaths, the caregiver forgot the child in the car.