Public Health News

The Clark County Council is seeking applicants for a volunteer position on the Solid Waste Advisory Commission. The position represents southwest Clark County.

Applicants must be Clark County residents who live south of 179th Street and west of State Highway 503, or the extension thereof. The three-year term begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2025.

Advisory commission meetings are held quarterly at 6 pm on the first Thursday of the months of February, May, August and November. Meetings will be held in a hybrid format, unless otherwise noted.

The commission advises the… Read More

This Earth Day, Clark County Public Health is celebrating community leaders in environmental sustainability being honored with 2022 Green Awards. The annual Green Awards highlight the accomplishments of community members and businesses and celebrate their commitment to reducing harmful environmental impacts, educating others, and giving back to the community.

Here are the 2022 Green Awards winners:

Alexandra Yost – Green Apple Award for school employee

Alexandra Yost is an advanced culinary teacher at Washougal High School. She recently helped… Read More

Clark County’s Master Composter Recycler program is hosting a free, family-friendly Earth Day event this weekend to highlight how composting can help protect the planet.

Join the Master Composter Recyclers 10 am to 1 pm Saturday, April 23 at the Natural Gardens at Pacific Community Park, 1515 NE 164th Ave., in Vancouver. People who attend the event will learn the basic principles of composting, including how to:

  • Make hot compost
  • Build a lasagna garden
  • Set up and maintain a worm bin composting system

The event will include a Red Worm… Read More

The Clark County Board of Health is seeking applicants for a newly created position on the Public Health Advisory Council. The board is accepting applications from Clark County residents representing the Clark County Commission on Aging or the aging community.

The three-year term begins as soon as the position is filled and ends Sept. 30, 2025.

The advisory council meets 5:30-7:30 pm on the fourth Tuesday of every even month via Zoom. When in-person meetings resume, they will be 6-8 pm in the main conference room on the second floor of the Center for Community Health,… Read More

Clark County’s Master Composter Recycler program is offering a series of free webinars this spring. The six webinars will highlight personal changes that can help protect the planet.

Here are the webinars offered this spring:

  • Backyard Composting: 7 to 8:30 pm Wednesday, April 20. Learn how to construct a compost pile and heat it up.
  • Worm Bin Composting: 7 to 8:30 pm Wednesday, April 27. Learn how to construct and maintain a worm bin that will turn kitchen trimmings into nutrient-rich fertilizer. Participants will be eligible… Read More

Clark County Public Health has launched a community survey to learn about the challenges and successes of raising young children in Clark County. The survey is part of a multi-phase project, Raising Clark County, that aims to help Public Health and community partners identify ways to build community supports for infants, young children, parents and caregivers.

The anonymous survey is open to people who are expecting a child or raising a child or children 5 years or younger. This may include parents, adoptive parents, kinship care providers, foster parents, guardians, grandparents… Read More

Clark County Green Business is hosting a three-part virtual workshop series this spring focused on waste reduction.

The workshop series includes:

  • Washington State Sustainability Initiatives, 8:30 am Wednesday, March 16
  • Nothing Goes “Away”: Sustainable Waste Management, 8:30 am Wednesday, April 20
  • Handling Hazardous Materials, 8:30 am Wednesday, May 11

The first session, Washington State Sustainability Initiatives, will feature a presentation by representatives from the Washington State Department of Ecology on new statewide waste-… Read More

Clark County Green Neighbors encourages residents to reduce their food waste by participating in the 2022 WasteBusters Challenge: food waste prevention edition!

Food waste has increasing environmental impacts on a local, national, and international stage. In 2018, the Washington Department of Ecology recorded 479,428 tons of wasted edible food, an increase of almost 100,000 tons from 2015.

The 21-day WasteBusters Challenge is March 1-21 and participants can join as individuals or as a team. Participants can reduce their environmental impact by committing to one of three… Read More

The Clark County Council is seeking applicants to fill a volunteer position on the Solid Waste Advisory Commission.

The open position is for a representative who lives in North Clark County.

The term for position begins immediately and ends Sept. 30, 2024. 

Commission members act as representatives of their regions or stakeholder groups and advise the county council on solid waste issues, such as recycling, garbage collection, landfills, transfer stations and waste-reduction programs. Members also, at times, participate in solid waste-related projects and engage in… Read More

COVID-19 case numbers continue to rise in Clark County with more than 6,000 new cases reported in the last week. COVID-19 testing is in high demand and wait times for appointments and results may be several days. People should not go to emergency departments for testing if they do not need emergency medical care.

Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms and cannot access testing or is waiting for a test appointment should stay home and away from others unless they need to seek medical care. People who test positive using an at-home COVID-19 test do not need to confirm the result by getting… Read More