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Photo of April 18 2019 SW CHAPS Network Meeting.
SW CHAPS Network Meeting
Thursday, April 18, 2019   5-7pm 

Columbia Bank Community Room 
101 E. 6th St & Main, Vancouver, WA 98660

Agenda  |  Sign-In sheet

We met on April 18, 2019 as a Network gathered to review recent community Advocacy, get recaps of recent statewide CHW conference and continue to Create the CHAPS Vision  moving forward into 2019.

Introductions - We began with sharing a statement that we believes highlights our special skills within our community health work. Check out these awesome responses!
  • Sara Angelo, CHW VHA - “Partnering is the secret sauce!”
  • Ren Autrey, CPC OutsidersInn- “Changing perspectives through building relationships.”
  • Jamie Smeland, HLC, SWACH – “Connecting to build community power.”
  • Dominique Horn, CHW Team Lead, HLC – “Listening and being someone to represent & de-code my community to systems and vice-versa.”
  • Bill Judd, CHW – “Love working directly with people, but I also see the need to advocate and strengthen our connection in the larger statewide systems.”
  • Shannon Livingood – CPC Pathways to Living Good, “I love using community resources to help others."
  • Jerri Stanley, SW WA Recovery Coalition, “Recovery is possible!”
  • Olivia Zakit – Community Member, “If we work together, we will succeed together!”
  • Keri Stansberry, CHW and Social Justice Advocate - “My strength is prickling the leadership in our local and state community with my presence and experiences”
  • Brenden Cottingen, Peer Community Member, “Always had a passion to help people and make a difference"
  • Jan Schmalenberger, Health Advocate, Clark County Public Health – “I love to listen to people. I have a lot compassion for where my people are at in their lives.”

Advocacy Check-In: 
  1. Discussion about the Route 39 discontinuation.
  2. Attend next C-Tran board of directors meeting on May 14. 
    Public Library Columbia Room 5:30p
  3. Forward moving plans: 
               * Sign the Petition (Attendees signed a copy at the meeting)
               * Get Petition Signatures  - download a Petition in English or Spanish
               * Ride the 39th Route take pictures post on social media
                 Use hashtag #CTRANSaveRoute39
               * Submit Comments at C-TRAN’s form at

Highlights from the Legislative Session so far:
  • Passage of SB 5600 (eviction reform), we go from 3 days to 14 days statewide!
  • Passage of SB 5903, supports children's mental health
  • Passage of SB 5380, addresses opioid prevention, treatment and recovery
  • Passage of HB 1344, concerning child care access
  • Passage of HB1528, Recovery Housing & recovery support services
  • Passage of HB1041, The New Hope Act - Promoting successful reentry 
Find out the latest:

Spotlight Honor for Community Health Worker –
Bill Judd, Community Health Worker and Advocate

"Thank you Bill for your foundational help in getting our network started here locally and the connections you kept focused on in the statewide WACHWA association.  We appreciate you!!"  

Bill's kind reminders for us all,  "How do we reach out to more people and better connect them to services? We share our experiences!  How do we survive thru vicarious trauma connected with this work?  Don’t ignore the warning signs.  Who is YOUR safety network?  I want to encourage you to find your self-care. Find and know your safety network and use them when you need them."

Statewide CHW Conference Recap:
Southwest Washington was well represented in Wenachee, WA at the 2019 Community Health Worker Conference that brought people from across the state together to promote and support the equitable work, passion, investment, and collaboration of community health workers and advocates. The fifth annual Washington State Community Health Worker Conference was a two-day event that was EPIC!

Review SW CHAPS Strategic Framework Draft
  • Discussed the need for Vision and Mission statements future governance structure for our Network.
  • Discussed how we fit into the newly formed WACHWA Assn. 
    Read the WACHWA one pager here.
  • Moving forward towards goals of: 
       * More relevant trainings,
        Career Fair
  • Fill out the WACHWA Training survey and scan or take a picture of it and then email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will mark it down as a local request and send it off to the state association too!
       Questions posed: 
  • Who is trained and why are they not being utilized?
  • What can we do to apply the training that people have  (ex WHAM)

THANK YOU for your attendance and input! 
And for those who couldn't attend, we still welcome your input via email or through advocacy mentioned in this email - and look forward to seeing you at a future event!

Join us in the near future at an upcoming event:

Tuesday April 23, 2019  3:30pm – 5pm

WACHWA  - Washington State Community Health Worker Assn
Full Membership Meeting

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 212 538 931

Dial by your location +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
Find your local number:

Wednesday April 24 - Opioid Task Force Meeting 2-4pm
Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way
RSVP here:

Wednesday April 24, 2019  6-7p   
Residents Action Project Statewide RAP Call

RAP Advocates will joinn in our bi-monthly Statewide RAP Call tomorrow from 6:00-7:00pm. The statewide calls are where RAP members plan for future events and actions, so if you want to be a part of them, these are the calls to get on in order to make things happen!  Please join the call!
When: Wednesday, April 24th from 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Dial: 866-792-9154
Access code:  741 789 6549#
View all the statewide calls in a calendar here.


Saturday, April 27:  Drug Take-Back Events in SW Washington

Take unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medication for safe and FREE disposal to eight Drug Take-Back Events in SW Washington.  Prescription and over-the-counter medication including pills, liquids & inhalers will be accepted. Medications may remain in original containers and labels do not need to be removed. Medications not in original containers will be accepted too.  Below is 2 Vancouver locations for this event, more locations in Clark, Skamania and Klickitat Counties and flyers in various languages can be found here

PeaceHealth Southwest Urgent Care 
33rd & Main (South Back Lot), Vancouver
* Accepting Sharps & syringes

Kaiser Permanente Cascade Park
12607 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver
* Accepting Sharps & syringes

Saturday May 4 10a-1p - Too Close to Home
Child Sex Trafficking in our Community
Wy'East Middle School Auditorium, 1112 SE 136th Ave. Vancouver, WA 98683

Join your community in a 2-hour information session on the problem, and find out what is happening right here in Clark County and the greater Portland area. 
Flyer here.

Monday May 6 Vancouver Working Peers Lunch & Learn
is at the Recovery Resource Center


Monday May 6, 2019
TIME:     12 noon - 1 pm
**WHERE:  The Recovery Resource Center  9317 N.E. Highway 99, Suite M, Vancouver 98665

Join us to learn about the Recovery Resource Center offering a safe place to access support meetings and other resources for people to bridge from treatment to community.

Download Flyer here


SW CHAPS Contact Card