Clark County Public Health Newsletter
RCCC January 2021 Newsletter
Safe Kids Clark County:
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).
Safe Kids Worldwide lists product recalls each month. Please note: Product recalls never expire. This is especially important for hand-me-down or pre-owned children’s products.
Used child car seats and bike helmets should never be re-used in case their integrity is compromised.
Keep cleaning products and button magnets out of sight
As many of us continue to work at home and/or help children with on-line school, it’s easy to get distracted and forget to put our many cleaning and disinfectants out of reach of small children. However, curious children will still to find a way to get into things they shouldn’t.
To reduce these temptations, put cleaning products, medicine and button magnets out of their sight and reach. Some warnings recommend that button magnets should not even be in a home with small children. Button magnets are also a danger to pets.
Here are two important numbers to save on your phone (just in case):
Poison Help: 1.800.222.1222 – Specialists can provide free, confidential, expert advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if your child has gotten into cleaning products or medicine.
National Battery Ingestion Hotline: 1.800.498.8666 – If you think your child has swallowed a button battery, call for expert advice.
Keeping Home Safe
We often welcome sips of hot chocolate, roaring fires, and snowmen when the weather turns cold, but winter also brings an increase in carbon monoxide poisonings. Carbon monoxide exposure is often deadly and typically not noticed because it’s is odorless. The new year is a good time to make sure you have functioning CO detectors in your home. Go to the CDC website for more information about the dangers as well as the symptoms of CO poisoning.
COVID-19 Health & Safety Resources:
Keep up-to-date with factual information about COVID-19
- Take the Washington State Food Security Survey to help WA state understand how COVID-19 has impacted food access and diet. All WA residents 18 and over can participate and enter a drawing to win one of fifty $50 grocery cards. https://redcap.link/WAFOOD2
- WA Department of Health: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
- The COVID-19 dashboard lets you track case numbers statewide, county by county. Numbers are updated daily.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Washington State Coronavirus Hotline:525.0127. Open 6 am-10 pm Monday through Friday and 8 am to 6 pm on weekends and holidays. This hotline is a partnership effort between Washington State Department of Health and Washington 211. This replaces the DOH novel coronavirus call center. (Please note that the statewide 211 system differs from our local 211 system.)
- Joint Information Center for Washington State:https://coronavirus.wa.gov/
- Concerned that a local business may be violating Safe Start guidance (requirements for face coverings, occupancy limits, etc.)? Submit a report through the Safe Start site, which will route to the appropriate licensing and/or oversight agency, such as the Department of Labor and Industries or the Department of Health, for follow up. Concerns about events that violate Safe Start Guidance may also be reported to the same site: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/report-safe-start-violation
Suspected violations at local food establishments may also be reported to Clark County Public Health for follow up by the local food safety team.
Report Child Abuse or Neglect:
Clark County Food Bank:
Clark County Food Bank partners’ complete list, updated daily
Council for Homeless:
Council for the Homeless – What’s Open
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
SAMHSA Disaster Stress Hotline:
- SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support for people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call 1.800.985.5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
Washington Listens is a non-clinical crisis line for people feeling elevated stress due to COVID-19. Click Here for more details…
Community Resource Hub
- Vancouver Public Schools Community Resources Hub offers updated information on services for Clark County residents including food, housing, utility assistance, jobs and more.
Equity & Social Justice
- Racial Equity Through Action and Learning. This virtual summit aims to build capacities to advance racial equity and justice. Each of the three sessions are free to enroll and are available on demand. Click the link and scroll through (load more) to find each of these offerings. https://www.mitrainingcenter.org/
- Part One: How We Got Here: This session digs into the historical and societal context that has led to systemic racial health inequities.
- Part Two: Targeted Universalism: This session discusses the ways targeted universalism bridges groups of people to align goals and efforts to realize them, focusing on outcomes and targeting structures, not individuals.
- Part Three: Equity in All Policies: This session focuses on how policies have affected social determinants of health and how health equity impact assessments can be used to address equity.
- Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program and the Oregon Children’s Theatre teamed up to produce a read-aloud program titled “Building Character – Stories of Diversity and Growth”. These virtual story times for K-6th grade students address Social-Emotional skills such as: emotional regulation, stress management, and social-emotional awareness through a lens of diversity and inclusion. The program focuses on stories written by BIPOC authors and features BIPOC teaching artists.
The training institute at the University of Maryland School of Social Work offer an immense catalogue of (mostly) free and low-cost trainings on topics like diversity, equity, community-driven programs, etc. To create an account, click here: https://theinstitute.umaryland.edu/training/ideas/
Trauma & Resilience
- In the NPR report, “A Quiet and ‘Unsettling’ Pandemic: Toll: Children Who Have Fallen Off the Grid“, journalist Lauren Hodges shares the following fact from Bellwether Education Partners: An estimated3 million students may have dropped out of school learning since March. Read more here.
- Kristen Rogers, reporter for CNN, discusses how structural racism is taking a toll on children’s mental health. Read her outstanding post now.
- Psychology Today shares new research (Tzanoulinou et al., 2020) using animal models that suggest it is the capacity to bounce back and recover from elevated stress hormone (i.e., cortisol) levels—not necessarily the amount of cortisol that is released during stress exposure— that predicts the degree to which early life adversity will have long-term consequences on brain plasticity and cognition.
- Heather Forbes, MSW, and the Beyond Consequences Institute offers many free podcasts on the Trauma-Informed School Conversations website, including Episode #5: “Creating Intentional Connections in the Classroom – A 34-minute conversation with James Moffett.”
- How does the impact of PTSD show up on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans? Smaller amygdala and hippocampus volumes, for one thing. Learn more in this fascinating article and video at ACEs Connection.
- The Weitzman ECHO Childhood Trauma in the COVID-19 Era, is a six-month learning program that will explore what is known about trauma and its impact on youth, families, schools and providers. The program consists of twice-monthly meetings to connect primary care medical, behavioral health and school-based health providers to a community of peers and subject matter experts over Zoom. Each one-hour session will offer a presentation on key issues, followed by real patient cases with actionable recommendations. This program is supported by the National Council for Behavioral Health, and participation is available at no cost for primary care medical and behavioral health providers. Space is limited, so register today!
Early Childhood Parenting
- At 9 am on Jan. 13, Scott Sells, Ph.D., LCSW, LMFT, founder of The Family Trauma Institute, will lead a webinar on Healing Anxious Kids and their Anxious Families. The webinar is free, advance registration required. Read more about the webinar here.
- This fall, theSesame Street in Communities (SSIC) initiative released a new video special funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It focuses on building young children’s coping skills and fostering nurturing connections between them and the caring adults in their lives—whether parents, caregivers, or community providers. The video special, “Little Children, Big Challenges,” offers caregivers tips on how to help children cope with uncertainty by building resilience.
- A presentation on Reopening the Economy: Impact on Early Learning Providers & the Workforce,will take place online 12, 10-11 am. The ongoing pandemic has left countless families without access to child care, early learning programs or in-person instruction. Many families face the difficult decision to leave their jobs or hire additional assistance to properly care for their children, who are now at home. Hear from a panel of experts from diverse career backgrounds about the detrimental impact on parents and caregivers in today’s diverse and vast workforce and the critical role early learning centers and schools play in the reopening of our economy. Register here.
Community Highlights: by Nonprofit Network
Clark County Cooking Workshops
Human Services Council
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Free Flu Vaccine for Adults
Hey RCCC family and friends. RCCC is hosting Free Flu Vaccines for adults this Saturday from 12-3. This Event is also open to the Public. Come get you Flu Shot this Saturday..
Many hats to wear as Recovery Coach for Vancouver Treatment Center
Peer support critical for those struggling with mental health issues, addiction. Thank you Ethan for getting the word out there about Recovery Coaching…But more importantly…Thank you for being an example of what a TRUE Recovery Coach does! We are her to empower you! By Ethan’s own words “They know how to do recovery. They just don’t know they know it…YET!” Check out the Columbian Article > Click Here
AmazonSmile Black Friday Event
You can make an impact while you shop for Black Friday deals. Simply shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/82-5455265 and AmazonSmile will donate to Recovery Cafe of Clark County, at no cost to you.
The Recovery Resource Center
Help us get the word out. The Recovery Resource center – Helping those experiencing homelessness.
Congratulations to our newest Emerging Cafés! We are delighted to be on this journey with you as you bring much needed community, support and healing to your cities!
New Recovery Coach Graduates
Red Ribbon Week
You can make a difference while you shop Amazon Prime Day deals on October 13 & 14. Simply shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/82-5455265 or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app and AmazonSmile donates to Recovery Cafe of Clark County.
Hope for Heroin Addicts
Heroin Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship of men and women who have found a solution to heroin addiction. HA is a fellowship of complete abstinence from all drugs and alcohol. We are recovered heroin addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay sober. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other heroin
Recovery Cafe Clark County leader focuses on reaching out
The Cafe is proud to have one of many champions on the team to share with the community the Cafe’s heart! We can not wait to be able to open completely and have ALL our members in person!! Check out the The Columbian Article here!!
Here is a way to give back!
Art of Recovery
Calling out to all our members! We know there is not a lot of Recovery events happening for Recovery month due to Covid! But when we hear of anything you can be a part of we will share on our page. Don’t let Covid stop you from celebrating YOU AND YOUR RECOVERY JOURNEY! BE A PART OF THIS CELEBRATION AND “ART” AWAY!. Click here to learn more…
Navigating Addiction & Treatment
Family members and caregivers face unique challenges when supporting a loved one struggling with substance use disorder. “Navigating Addiction and Treatment: A Guide for Families” offers resources and advice from professionals along with other family members who have faced similar challenges. You are not alone! Click here to learn more..
Work Source – Jobs
Work source has some wonderful people just waiting to help you find your next adventure in this life!
Recovery Cafe Network
Our cafes across the nation provide programming and community support that foster stability, healing and transformation. We believe that all of us need recovery and healing from something and the cafes are places where all on that journey are welcome.
School for Recovery Classes – Cafe Indy
If you are looking for any of these classes our fellow Cafe in Indy is offering them. Just remember they are three hours ahead of us.
Triage center bridges mental health treatment in Clark County
Lifeline’s crisis and stabilization program aims to help people avoid emergency rooms, incarceration, and connect to care
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Get Food in Clark County – Clark County Food Bank
Click here to visit the Clark County Food Bank Website
Welcome Our Newest Recovery Staff!
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Recovery Café Network Launches Third Cohort to Address Addiction Epidemic
Washington, D.C., North Carolina, Washington, and Oregon groups to start Recovery Cafés to respond to the addiction crisis damaging their local communities.
Seattle, WA: This April, the Recovery Café Network added its third cohort of member organizations, opening Recovery Cafés in Washington, D.C.; Raleigh, North Carolina; Orting, Washington; and Medford, Oregon to respond to the addiction epidemic facing their cities. Over a two-day session, on April 23-24, the Recovery Café Network team trained the new Café leaders to serve people suffering from addiction, homelessness, and other mental health challenges in their communities using the Recovery Café model of peer-based support.
With the addiction epidemic ravaging communities across the country and homelessness rates rising in many rural, suburban, and metropolitan areas, Recovery Café and its network of member Cafés have successfully established stable communities for those suffering. In Seattle alone, the Café serves over 900 people annually. Each Recovery Café serves as a constant, long-term support system and provides access to resources like housing, social and health services, education and employment opportunities to sustain long-term recovery and prevent relapse.
“We are committed to spreading the Recovery Café model until healing communities of belonging become the norm in the way we respond to addiction and other mental health conditions in our country,” stated Recovery Café Founding Director, Killian Noe.
During the two-day training, the new Recovery Café Network groups learned the basics of the Café’s peer-based support model, including:
- Peer-facilitated support groups called Recovery Circles
- Providing evidence-informed classes on topics such as relapse prevention, building healthy relationships, and emotional expression through art
- Creating a welcoming and healing setting for all people to thrive
- Monitoring and evaluation of programming to demonstrate impact
- Creating a robust volunteer program that reduces stigma and builds a cross socio-economic community
Upon completion of the training, the new network locations now have the tools they need to start forming the foundation for recovery in their communities.
“The collective impact of this growing network of healing communities will over time transform thousands of lives, not just those that come through the doors of these new Recovery Cafés, but also their friends and family members,” stated David Uhl, the Recovery Café Network Director.
About Recovery Café Network & The Recovery Café Model: Recovery Café Network is a program of Recovery Café that seeks to foster long-term recovery for women and men who have been traumatized by homelessness, addiction and other mental health challenges across the United States. Founded in 2004 in downtown Seattle, Recovery Café has grown to serve over 900 members annually traveling down the path of lifelong recovery. Recovery Café Network’s program is designed to equip groups to replicate the Recovery Café model to help people maintain recovery, reduce relapse and fulfill their potential. For more information contact David Uhl, Recovery Café Network Director.