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Stories by Nika Bartoo-Smith

Columbian staff reporter

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COVID case rate up; Clark County hospitals remain near capacity

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February 2, 2023, 12:11pm Clark County Health

The Clark County COVID-19 activity rate, which measures new cases per 100,000 people over seven days, slightly increased this week from 43.3 as of Jan. 26 to 50.3 as of Thursday. Read story

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COVID, respiratory illnesses falling in Clark County

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February 1, 2023, 6:05am Clark County Health

Last month, it felt like everyone was coming down with some sort of respiratory illness — and many people were, as the nation was hit with a triple whammy of respiratory viruses. Read story

Grants open to Clark County businesses to host paid summer interns

February 1, 2023, 5:58am Business

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Events in Vancouver celebrate Black History Month

January 31, 2023, 6:05am Clark County News

Every Saturday this February local nonprofit iUrban Teen, in partnership with the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, will host an event to celebrate Black History Month. Each event will highlight local Black artists and community members. Read story

Desks sit inside the Mullen-Polk Foundation's Family Resource Center at the nonprofit headquarters in downtown Vancouver. The center will help connect individuals and families to resources throughout the community to help get their basic needs met.

Mullen-Polk Foundation opens Family Resource Center in Vancouver

Desks sit inside the Mullen-Polk Foundation's Family Resource Center at the nonprofit headquarters in downtown Vancouver. The center will help connect individuals and families to resources throughout the community to help get their basic needs met.

January 28, 2023, 6:03am Clark County Health

The Mullen-Polk Foundation, looking to help support a greater portion of the community, opened the doors this week to its very own Family Resource Center. Read story

Youth House staff member Maranda Heckler sits for a portrait below artwork created by clients who are part of the Options or Healthy Transitions programs at Clark County Youth House. Heckler is a case manager and a certified peer counselor with the Healthy Transitions Program, where she uses her own lived experience to offer support to youth struggling with their mental health.

Columbia River Mental Health Services programs help youth dealing with mental health issues

Youth House staff member Maranda Heckler sits for a portrait below artwork created by clients who are part of the Options or Healthy Transitions programs at Clark County Youth House. Heckler is a case manager and a certified peer counselor with the Healthy Transitions Program, where she uses her own lived experience to offer support to youth struggling with their mental health.

January 27, 2023, 6:03am Clark County Health

In high school, Cameron began to realize that they were struggling with their mental health. Life at home was difficult, and they did not feel recognized for the accomplishments they made. Read story

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Clark County COVID-19 activity down

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January 26, 2023, 1:25pm Clark County Health

The Clark County COVID-19 activity rate, which measures new cases per 100,000 population over seven days, decreased this week from 55.7 as of Jan. 19 to 43.3 as of Thursday. Read story

iUrban Teen fellowship offers help for future teachers

January 26, 2023, 6:02am Clark County News

iUrban Teen, in partnership with Vancouver Public Schools, Washington State University Vancouver and Clark College, recently announced a two-year Future Teachers Pathway Fellowship. Read story

2023 Marshall Leadership Award nominations are open

January 25, 2023, 6:04am Clark County News

Nominations for the 2023 Marshall Leadership Award are open until Feb. 17. Read story

David Rodriguez, a behavioral health advocate with the Office of Behavioral Health Advocacy, helps individuals and families navigate the mental health care system.

Behavioral health advocates are here to help Washingtonians

David Rodriguez, a behavioral health advocate with the Office of Behavioral Health Advocacy, helps individuals and families navigate the mental health care system.

January 22, 2023, 6:00am Clark County Health

Navigating the mental health care system can be difficult, sometimes leaving people feeling confused and frustrated. Read story