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A vending machine in the lobby of the Clark County Jail offers free opioid overdose reversal medication.

Clark County Jail gets $270K from opioid suit to fund addiction treatment for inmates

A vending machine in the lobby of the Clark County Jail offers free opioid overdose reversal medication.

May 31, 2024, 6:09am Clark County Health

The Clark County Opioid Abatement Council awarded almost $1 million in grants Wednesday to nine organizations that provide drug prevention, treatment programs and recovery services in 2024. Read story

People hold signs in favor of abortion rights as they stand on the steps of the Temple of Justice, which houses the Washington state Supreme Court, during an evening rally, Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Out-of-state abortions rise 50% in Washington

People hold signs in favor of abortion rights as they stand on the steps of the Temple of Justice, which houses the Washington state Supreme Court, during an evening rally, Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S.

May 30, 2024, 7:11pm Health

Out-of-state abortions have increased by 50 percent in Washington since the Supreme Court ruled the procedure is not constitutionally protected, according to a new University of Washington study. Read story

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It&rsquo;s unclear how things will change at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Southwest Washington under Legacy Health&rsquo;s merger with Oregon Health &amp; Science University.

OHSU, Legacy Health systems announce agreement to merge into OHSU Health

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It&rsquo;s unclear how things will change at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Southwest Washington under Legacy Health&rsquo;s merger with Oregon Health &amp; Science University.

May 30, 2024, 5:56pm Business

Oregon Health & Science University and Legacy Health systems signed a binding, definite agreement to merge into OHSU Health, the two health systems announced Thursday. Read story

FILE - This electron microscope image provided by the National Institutes of Health shows human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) virions, colorized blue, and anti-RSV F protein/gold antibodies, colorized yellow, shedding from the surface of human lung cells. In a report released Thursday, May 30, 2024, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they are continuing to investigate a link between two new RSV vaccines and cases of a rare nervous system disorder in older U.S. adults.

Guillain-Barre syndrome ‘more common than expected’ with RSV vaccine in older people, CDC reiterates

FILE - This electron microscope image provided by the National Institutes of Health shows human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) virions, colorized blue, and anti-RSV F protein/gold antibodies, colorized yellow, shedding from the surface of human lung cells. In a report released Thursday, May 30, 2024, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they are continuing to investigate a link between two new RSV vaccines and cases of a rare nervous system disorder in older U.S. adults.

May 30, 2024, 12:00pm Health

Reports of a rare nervous system disorder were “more common than expected” in older U.S. adults who got the new RSV vaccines, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Thursday that's similar to what the organization said earlier this year. Read story

Battle Ground Lake  (The Columbian files)

E.coli detected in Battle Ground Lake; Public Health warms against swimming

Battle Ground Lake  (The Columbian files)

May 30, 2024, 11:01am Clark County Health

Clark County Public Health warns against swimming at Battle Ground Lake after testing showed high levels of E. coli bacteria in the water. Read story

FILE - Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Feb. 8, 2022, on youth mental health care. Widespread loneliness in the U.S. is posing health risks as deadly as smoking a dozen cigarettes daily, costing the health industry billions of dollars annually, the U.S. surgeon general said Tuesday in declaring the latest public health epidemic. About half of U.S. adults say they've experienced loneliness, Murthy said in a new, 81-page report from his office.

We can all help combat loneliness, surgeon general says in Seattle

FILE - Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Feb. 8, 2022, on youth mental health care. Widespread loneliness in the U.S. is posing health risks as deadly as smoking a dozen cigarettes daily, costing the health industry billions of dollars annually, the U.S. surgeon general said Tuesday in declaring the latest public health epidemic. About half of U.S. adults say they've experienced loneliness, Murthy said in a new, 81-page report from his office.

May 30, 2024, 8:42am Health

Loneliness isn’t just a feeling. It’s a public health concern, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said Wednesday in Seattle. Read story

Beds, a toilet and sink sit inside a jail cell at the Clark County Jail.

Clark County Jail to bill Medicaid for medications for alcohol and opioid use disorder

Beds, a toilet and sink sit inside a jail cell at the Clark County Jail.

May 30, 2024, 6:06am Clark County Health

The Clark County Jail will be able to bill Medicaid for specific inmate services for the first time starting in July 2025. The Washington State Health Care Authority will give the county a maximum of $2.5 million to implement the services. Read story

National Women’s Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation to host volunteer orientation

May 29, 2024, 5:43pm Clark County Health

The National Women’s Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation is hosting a volunteer orientation June 18. Read story