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Teen Talk volunteer Stephanie Zonker talks to a parent during a teen mental health event at Prairie High School.

Prairie High School event helps parents learn to support teens’ mental health

Teen Talk volunteer Stephanie Zonker talks to a parent during a teen mental health event at Prairie High School.

November 18, 2022, 6:05am Clark County Health

Gathered in the library at Prairie High School on Wednesday, counselors reminded parents that they are not alone in supporting their children through mental health struggles. Read story

Crisis line to focus on serving Native people

November 18, 2022, 6:04am Clark County Health

Washington’s Native and Strong Lifeline launched Thursday, the first program across the country dedicated to serving American Indian and Alaska Native people. Read story

Cowlitz Tribal Foundation Clark County Fund aids Pink Lemonade Project

November 18, 2022, 6:03am Clark County Health

Pink Lemonade Project received a $245,500 grant, the largest grant the organization has ever seen, from the Cowlitz Tribal Foundation Clark County Fund. Read story

Fosterful wins $295K grant from Cowlitz Tribal Foundation Clark County Fund

November 18, 2022, 6:01am Clark County News

Fosterful recently received a $295,000 grant, the largest in its history, from the Cowlitz Tribal Foundation Clark County Fund. Read story

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Clark County COVID-19 infection rate rises

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November 17, 2022, 2:35pm Clark County Health

Clark County’s rate of COVID-19 infections rose slightly this week, according to the latest data from Clark County Public Health. Read story

Kris Henriksen of Teen Talk joins her dog, Hope, as she takes a break with compassion boxes for students in need at her Vancouver office. The boxes are decorated on the outside by volunteers and filled with items such as snacks, pamphlets, journals and inspiring messages.

Teen Talk’s young volunteers offer mental health support to Clark County teens

Kris Henriksen of Teen Talk joins her dog, Hope, as she takes a break with compassion boxes for students in need at her Vancouver office. The boxes are decorated on the outside by volunteers and filled with items such as snacks, pamphlets, journals and inspiring messages.

November 17, 2022, 6:03am Clark County Health

At 14, Erin Taylor become one of the original seven volunteers at Teen Talk, providing support to other youth via anonymous phone calls. Read story

Grant awarded to HOPE Dementia Support

November 16, 2022, 6:02am Clark County Health

I’m Still Here Foundation recently awarded HOPE Dementia Support a $9,000 Innovation Program Grant. HOPE plans to use the money to help fund a monthly Music and Memories group for individuals with dementia and their care partners, according to a press release. Read story

Annual Korey’s Joy Drive begins Wednesday

November 15, 2022, 6:05am Clark County News

The eighth annual Korey’s Joy Drive, asking for donations of warm clothing and toys for Vancouver residents in need, begins Wednesday. Read story

Jack Stump administering a vaccine during a Clark County Public Health vaccination clinic at Woodland High School in March 2021.

Clark County Public Health honors doctor, nurse for volunteer work during pandemic

Jack Stump administering a vaccine during a Clark County Public Health vaccination clinic at Woodland High School in March 2021.

November 14, 2022, 5:33pm Clark County Health

Clark County residents Dr. Jack Stump and Lisa Stump were recently awarded special recognition from Clark County Public Health for demonstrating public health in action. Read story

Karen Beall of Ridgefield, left, chats in the art therapy room with Sue Hammann of Vancouver as Catherine Cotton, also of Vancouver, and art therapist Margaret Hartsook talk during a tour of the new Cancer Healing Center at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.

Legacy Salmon Creek aims to heal the soul amid cancer

Karen Beall of Ridgefield, left, chats in the art therapy room with Sue Hammann of Vancouver as Catherine Cotton, also of Vancouver, and art therapist Margaret Hartsook talk during a tour of the new Cancer Healing Center at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.

November 12, 2022, 6:00am Clark County Health

Legacy Salmon Creek opened the doors to its new Cancer Healing Center this spring, providing a space that offers holistic healing for people with a cancer diagnosis. Read story