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  • Cigarettes unwelcome after ‘rebirth’

    Pattie Kappen was 17 when she smoked her first cigarette. She was trying to catch the attention of a cute, dark-haired boy at Havermale Alternative High School, who hung out …


  • Doug Clark: ‘Hippie chick’ turned ifs into reality of CHAS

    She dresses like no CEO I’ve ever met. Gray hair pulled into a bun. Turquoise sweater, over a periwinkle T-shirt, buttoned only at the top. Jeans rolled up slightly above …


  • Homeless, supporters gather for 10th annual memorial

    Don Juan Foster collected cans for money and often slept on a bench just off the Centennial Trail in Mission Park. The 55-year-old died after being hit by a car. …


  • Count of Spokane’s homeless makes big difference

    Ilze Zarins-Ilgen knows Spokane’s homeless by name or by tent or by trailer. “Ollie? Ollie, are you in there?” she shouted outside an olive-green tent perched along a Spokane River …


  • Homeless youth who died included four 17-year-olds

    Community leaders clarified statistics released earlier this week indicating six homeless children had died in the Spokane area this year, now saying the youngest victims were in their late teens. …


  • Clinics ease stress on hospital ERs

    The Community Health Association of Spokane is expanding services in Spokane Valley as it prepares for an influx of patients if the Affordable Care Act survives after the November elections. …


  • Clinic staff, patients rally against cuts to health services

    Medical clinics for the poor are fighting proposed government funding cuts that they say will undo basic health care services and send thousands more people to emergency rooms. “We’re down …


  • Clinics face crisis, CHAS chief says

    Looming state budget cuts threaten to unravel a network of Spokane health clinics that treat the region’s poorest people. Peg Hopkins, executive director of the Community Health Association of Spokane, …


  • State cuts to health clinics affect thousands

    Washington state is suspending grants that enable community clinics to provide health care to about 300,000 uninsured patients. Suspension of the program was announced this week by the Washington State …


  • CHAS opening Valley Clinic

    The Community Health Association of Spokane will open its new Valley Clinic next week. Called CHAS, the nonprofit organization treats patients regardless of insurance coverage or ability to pay.


  • CHAS stimulus funds will go to Lewiston clinic

    The economic stimulus package will provide $1.3 million to open a new medical clinic in Lewiston even though Idaho’s congressional delegation unanimously opposed the federal plan last month. The seven-figure …


  • Stimulus grant to fund Lewiston CHAS clinic

    The economic stimulus package will provide $1.3 million to open a new medical clinic in Lewiston, Idaho, even though the state’s congressional delegation unanimously opposed the federal plan last month.


  • Community Health Association getting $1.3 million in federal aid

    The Community Health Association of Spokane will get $1.3 million from the economic stimulus package, although the organization that operates five local clinics wasn’t sure Monday how the money is …


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