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Stories by Nika Bartoo-Smith

Columbian staff reporter

Washington’s Native community gets a Lifeline

November 27, 2022, 6:00am Clark County Health

Washington just launched the Native and Strong Lifeline — the first program of its kind in the country that is dedicated to serving American Indian and Alaska Native people in crisis. Read story

The Vancouver Housing Authority received a grant from the Cowlitz Tribal Foundation on Wednesday at the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony at ilani.

Cowlitz Tribe hands out $2.5 million in grants from its foundation

The Vancouver Housing Authority received a grant from the Cowlitz Tribal Foundation on Wednesday at the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony at ilani.

November 26, 2022, 6:03am Clark County News

Members of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and the community gathered to honor recipients of the Cowlitz Tribal Foundation grants at the ilani annual holiday tree lighting ceremony on Wednesday. Read story

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Washington’s flu hospitalizations highest in 10 years

Associated Press files

November 25, 2022, 6:03am Clark County Health

The Washington State Department of Health has reported a rapid rise of flu cases across the state, following nationwide trends. Flu hospitalizations are at the highest rates seen in 10 years at this point in the year, according to a press release. Read story

A line of people in need gather outside FISH of Vancouver as they prepare to grocery shop the day before Thanksgiving.

Walk & Knock of Clark County returns to porch pickup, is seeking volunteers

A line of people in need gather outside FISH of Vancouver as they prepare to grocery shop the day before Thanksgiving.

November 25, 2022, 6:01am Clark County News

The annual Interservice Walk & Knock of Clark County is back with porch pickup this year following a pandemic-caused hiatus, and organizers are seeking volunteers to help. Read story

Be a Santa to a Senior returns for 14th year

November 22, 2022, 6:03am Clark County News

Be a Santa to a Senior is back for its 14th year in Vancouver, with a goal of collecting gifts for more than 250 seniors in Vancouver, according to a press release. Read story

The Washington emergency medical license waiver ended Oct. 31, meaning doctors in Oregon can now only provide telehealth services to patients in Washington if the provider is licensed in Washington as well.

Clark County residents’ health care split again by state line

The Washington emergency medical license waiver ended Oct. 31, meaning doctors in Oregon can now only provide telehealth services to patients in Washington if the provider is licensed in Washington as well.

November 21, 2022, 7:47pm Clark County Health

Many Oregon health care providers are no longer able to see patients in Washington via telehealth services since Washington’s COVID-19 state of emergency ended Oct. 31. Read story

Clark County hospitals, including PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, are operating near capacity due to an influx of respiratory ailments and inability to move some patients out to less-intensive care facilities.

Clark County hospital beds almost full but COVID isn’t the only issue

Clark County hospitals, including PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, are operating near capacity due to an influx of respiratory ailments and inability to move some patients out to less-intensive care facilities.

November 20, 2022, 6:00am Clark County Health

In Clark County, hospital and intensive care beds continue to remain near capacity, and officials are urging patients with non-emergency health issues to stay out of the emergency department if possible. Read story

Ballmer grant to aid local Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington

November 19, 2022, 5:50am Clark County News

Boys & Girls Club Washington State Association received the largest grant in its history, $17,975,000, from the Ballmer Group. Of that, upwards of $550,000 will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington over three years. Read story

Clark County ‘Caregiver Christmas’ event set for Dec. 7

November 19, 2022, 5:50am Clark County News

Loving Them Forward, an organization providing resources for family caregivers in Clark County, is hosting its third annual Caregiver Christmas from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds. Read story

The PeaceHeath Southwest Medical Center emergency room.

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver gets ‘A’ rating

The PeaceHeath Southwest Medical Center emergency room.

November 18, 2022, 5:47pm Clark County Health

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver received an ‘A’ grade this fall from Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, an independent national watchdog organization. Read story