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Report: Racism, Discrimination, Trauma Harming Health Outcomes [columbian.com]

By Wyatt Stayner, The Columbian, August 19, 2019 The Healthy Columbia Willamette Collaborative has identified discrimination, racism and trauma as the main drivers of health concerns for people in Clark County and the Portland metropolitan area, according to the recently released 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment. The Collaborative is made up of four Public Health departments — Clark County and Oregon’s Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties — as well as 15 hospitals and one...

September event celebrates complex for people exiting homelessness [The Columbian]

Staff Writer, The Columbian, August 22, 2019 Housing Initiative LLC, a subsidiary of the nonprofit Council for the Homeless, on Sept. 6 will celebrate progress on its 18-unit apartment complex for people exiting homelessness. Located in central Vancouver, The Pacific is expected to open in January. It will be the first completed project from Housing Initiative, which was formed in 2016 to increase housing options for those with the highest barriers to renting in the private market. All of...

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Reaffirms the Constitutionality of ICWA [NICWA]

By Amory Zschach, Aug 9, 2019, ICWA (PORTLAND, Ore. August 9, 2019)— Today, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals published its decision in Brackeen v. Bernhardt , the federal court challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The court’s decision affirmed the constitutionality of ICWA, recognizing the unique political status of tribal nations and upholding the federal law that is so critical to safeguarding Indian child welfare. It is a resounding victory for the law and those who fought...

HHS Funding to increase rural workforce [HHS.gov]

Are your ACEs initiatives collaborating with those addressing workforce development? Please click here to read more. HRSA awarded approximately $20 million for Rural Residency Planning and Development Program (RRPD) grants to develop new rural residency programs while achieving accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education . Read the press release – HHS awards $20 million to 27 organizations to increase the rural workforce through the creation of new rural...

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