The Way to Wellville Promotes and 

Advocates for Healthy Lifestyles in 

Clatsop County

Introducing The Way to Wellville

Our goal is to build networks through community organizing to increase access to and use of beneficial services, activities and resources to improve the health of Clatsop County residents. The following four focus areas were determined to have the greatest community benefit. Explore each category by moving your cursor over the interactive icons to learn more about the programs.

Community Wellness
Economic Opportunity
Emotional Health
Health Care Access

Featured Story

  • The Harbor helps Latinas recover from trauma

    Apr 11, 2019

    By Sue Cody

    The Harbor offers a safe place for anyone experiencing sexual assault, domestic violence or stalking. The agency focuses on education, prevention, support and advocacy while promoting self-determination.

    In February, The Harbor began a Seeking Safety support group for Spanish-speaking women. Survivors of domestic violence – either past or present – are taught coping skills to heal from trauma.

    Providing a support group in Spanish can be helpful to the healing process for Latinas, says Paula Bartheld, who co-facilitates the Latina support group with Gudelia Contreras. Participants can speak their own language in a safe environment and share and receive support around their experiences.

    “Latinas who have grown up in a macho culture don’t even know about domestic violence,” Bartheld says. “Many Latinas are unaware of trauma and how it might be affecting them.”

    Bartheld and Contreras use the Seeking Safety curriculum to empower women by focusing on safe coping skills to overcome traumas and achieve safety in their relationships, behavior and thinking.

    Seeking Safety is an evidence-based course that decreases depression, anxiety, unsafe coping, suicidology and substance abuse. It is designed to educate and prevent more trauma to those who experience, domestic violence, sexual assault, PTSD and addiction.

    Evidence shows Seeking Safety programs can decrease depression, domestic violence and mental health issues, says Amy Lewis, a health care advocate at The Harbor.

    The support group meets 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at The Harbor, 801 Commercial St., Astoria.

    Advocating for Latinas

    Many Latinas don’t report abuse because of fear of making police reports or fear of their abuser, Bartheld says. Other barriers are language and immigration laws.

    “Providing a bilingual advocate and a specific Latina service, we can help survivors develop trust and dismiss fear.”

    The Harbor does not require police reports or proof of identity. Survivors may remain anonymous.

    People may be referred to Seeking Safety by Clatsop Behavioral Health Care, therapists of care providers. They can also call Bartheld at 503-338-9131 or Contreras at 503-559-7126. Once they are accepted into the Seeking Safety support group, participants can drop in.

    Participants do not need to attend each session, and transportation is available for those who need it.

    They do not have to relive their trauma but focus on how it is affecting them now. It is a long process to learn the language and the tools for safety, Bartheld says.

    There are numerous topics that include:

    • Asking for help
    • Setting boundaries
    • Taking good care of yourself
    • Coping with triggers
    • Healing from anger
    • Compassion

    The participants choose the subject they would like to focus on each session.

    Most women in the group are single moms working two jobs with kids at home, Bartheld says. Many don’t have connection to social services. The Harbor works with the Lower Columbia Hispanic Council to assist Latinos with services.

    Seeking Safety for Latinas is about empowering women to heal from trauma.

    Bartheld is a social worker from Chilé, who has specialized in family mediation. She says, “Latinas have an incredible capacity for resilience. We are very strong women. We can overcome everything.”

    The Harbor

What's New 

 

Put a spark back in your life:
Get out and exercise!

The Way to Wellville is working with small businesses to create Work Place Wellness Programs. One of these programs is our Way to Wellville Activity Card. If your small business is interested in starting a Work Place Wellness Program please contact us at vandusens@careoregon.org.

The Activity card is a way to help employees find what kind of exercise might work for them. We have partnered with local businesses, agencies and parks to get you started for FREE. Below are examples of what activities you can try for free here in Clatsop County. 

Front Copy of FInal Card
Final Picture of Card Back

Who We Are

  • Our Strategic Council

    Way to Wellville is supported in Clatsop County by our Strategic Council. The Strategic Council is responsible for identifying potential health promotion projects, providing oversight for Way to Wellville developed initiatives, leadership in the community promoting Way to Wellville and partner organization, and effectively represent a wide variety of community viewpoints.
  • Community Partners

    Community Partners throughout Clatsop County are coming together to help Way to Wellville succeed in our mission. Learn more about our current partners and how your organization can get involved.
  • Our Staff

    Clatsop County's Way to Wellville program is organized by a small team of dedicated individuals alongside our partners throughout the community. Learn more about who we are, what we do and how to contact us if you would like to get involved.

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