THANK YOU for supporting SW CHAPS
SW Washington's Community Health Advocates and Peer Supports Network!

Photo of June 20 2019 CHAPS Network Meeting at the Columbia Bank Community Room.
SW CHAPS Network Meeting
Thursday, June 20, 2019   5-7pm 

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

Agenda  |  10 Attending

Welcome and Introductions - Sara Angelo    
Small Groups - Unique & Unusual commonalities / introductions
Ian Hundtofte, Serenity Lane
Sara Angelo, VHA
John McDonald, NAMI SWWA
Kay Roberson, LifeLine Connections
Rebecca Anderson, LifeLine Connections
Jamie Smeland, SWACH
Cassi Ross, CVAB
Dominique Horn, SWACH
Ren Autrey, CVAB

Community Health Work is our thing in common!

Mission Statement - SW CHAPS is a growing grassroots network of community-based community health advocates and certified peers, serving the communities across the Southwest WA region, who come together to learn, support one another, and share ideas and best practices. SW CHAPS also facilitates input from the network to affect positive outcomes in the larger system of care.

Areas of Work - We plan to achieve our mission through four areas of work:
  1. Workforce Development and Recruitment
  2. Partnership Building
  3. Policy Advocacy
  4. Infrastructure and Sustainability

Community Health and Peer Support
Career Workforce Expo

To further our #1 and #2 areas of work, we hope to create a local Community Health and Peer Support Workforce Expo. 

What - goals and outcomes do we want to achieve?
  • Incentive, what will they learn that isn’t available in other places?
  • Attendance
  • Supported by others, both on the event committees, and by outside programs
  • Emphasize the options Peers and CHWs have to engage in different kinds community work.
  • Walk away with something of value,
  • Training opportunities

WHEN?  Between the Doddle poll included in the last couple of emails, in the VWP meeting and today - We voted on and have an overwhelming majority wanting to see the event:

OCT 18, 2019  from 11 - 1pm

be sure to Mark your calendars!!

Where - Is there a location could serve our needs best, still be affordable, accessible?
  • Firstenburg, 
  • Downtown Library,
  • Bridgeview,
  • Warehouse 23,

Should there be food?
  • Foodies,
  • VAL Ogden kitchen
  • Simple water, snacks?

Who - Which individuals and titles should be invited to attend?
  • anyone who wants to engage in Community Health and Peer Support work.
  • Southwest Washington's Community Health Workers,
  • Community Health Advocates, 
  • Certified Peer Specialists,
  • Peer Navigators,
  • Promotor/as de Salud,
  • Community Health Representatives,
  • Lay Health Workers,
  • Parent Advocates
  • Peer Counselors,
  • Recovery Coaches
  • Support Specialists
  • Representatives of people in under served communities.

Which agencies/organizations should be included?
  • PeaceHealth,
  • Legacy,
  • all hospitals in area
  • Shelters,
  • Vancouver Clinics,
  • Kaiser,
  • SeaMar,
  • Cowlitz Family Health,
  • Free Clinc,
  • BG Free Clinic,
  • Bridgeview,
  • Telecare,
  • YWCA,
  • Goodwill,
  • Worksource,
  • CRMH,
  • Lifeline Connections,
  • CSNW, ( now Sea-Mar Behavioral Health)
  • Private Practices,
  • VPD – Housing inititaves,
  • FlashLove,
  • ECOF,
  • Childrens Home Society,
  • School District Liasons,
  • Planned Parenthood,
  • CTran,
  • CVan,
  • PIC,
  • Human Services

What activities or interests to have available?

Kay R -- Employers telling us “what are you looking for?” – What kind of skills, trainings do we need to have?
John McD – Flyers, packets for upcoming training opportunities Ex: More about Compass and their supportive housing program
  • Employment support,
  • resume building,
  • background realities,
  • CCVLP, Justice Project,
  • NW Access fund,
  • Managed Care orgs,
  • Aging & Disabilities,
  • Supportive Employment,
  • Dept of Vocation Rehab,
Why - Solving 3 (problems/questions, etc)  Ex:
  • Funding,
  • Boundaries between work and community,
  • Understanding the role of a CHW or Peer,
  • How do we best prepare ourselves for engagement with workforce? –
  • Getting stuck in a singular role, what’s the career trajectory?
  • the work deepens into more work,
  • more options for experience / value without necessarily climbing a ladder,
  • things we do vs things we don’t do.
  • Volunteer into valuable employee

We have created a new team on the WA Community Health Work collaboration portal!  You can join in the collaboration work of this event here: 
CHAPS Career Fair-Expo Team

Opportunities to build Leadership Skills

Our CHAPS network members have been invited to participate / help represent in a few local groups, boards and committees.  Would YOU be interested in helping with our network interactions?  Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SW CHAPS is supporting HVN Facilitator Training!

Hearing Voices Network Facilitator Training
July 29th-31st, 9am-5pm at the
Bridgeview Resource Center 
505 Omaha Way  Vancouver, WA 98661  

This training (presented by John Herold, Reggie Lee and Ren Autrey) will help you learn the skills and knowledge to start, facilitate and maintain a Hearing Voices groups, which are peer-led places to share and explore unusual experiences in a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere.  Limited scholarships have been made available.  Questions can be sent to either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or directly to John Herold at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
THANK YOU for your attendance and input! 
And for those who couldn't attend, we still welcome your input via email or through advocacy - and we look forward to seeing you at a future event!


Join us at an upcoming event:


Monday July 8 Vancouver Working Peers Lunch & Learn is at the Family Solutions (East County Office)

Monday July 8, 2019
TIME:     12 noon - 1 pm
**WHERE:  Family Solutions (East county office)
2612 NE 114th Ave. Vancouver, WA 98684

Join us to learn about how Family Solutions helps provide hope and wellness for Clark County’s children and families struggling with adversity and severe trauma.

Download Flyer here


Tuesday July 16, 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)

August 7-8, 2019 -
Opioid Summit: Science to Practice:

Hilton Vancouver Washington
301 W 6th St.  Vancouver, WA 98660

Register today!

Earl Long,   Region 10 Opioid Summit coordinator
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 360-791-0178

August 12, 2019 -
Working Peers at The Val Ogden Center

Monday August 12, 2019  (Second Mondays!)
TIME:     12 noon - 1 pm
**WHERE: The Val Ogden Center
10201 NE Fourth Plain Blvd, Vancouver WA 98662

Description:  Join us to learn about how The Val Ogden Center is here to help support individuals while they take the steps needed to reach their education or employment goals.