Kamiah Community Partner Coalition honors SMH/CVHC with Medical Partner Award
On Thursday, January 10th Christina Richardson, Kamiah Physical Therapy, accepted the Medical Partner Award on behalf of St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics. The Kamiah Community Partner Coalition, which seeks to reduce youth substance abuse, selected SMH/CVHC as the winner of this award due to their continued support of the coalition’s efforts. Pictured are Christina Richardson, Kamiah Physical Therapy, who accepted the Medical Partner award on behalf of SMH/CVHC and Kelly Lineberry, KCPC President. See story below. Photo by April Blankenship, Clearwater Progress
The awards dinner was held at Nikissa Hall in Kamiah. “Preventing youth substance requires a consistent community wide approach to be effective. The community of Kamiah does just that, and it is showing. Together, we have successfully reduced marijuana usage by 9% and underage drinking by 3%. KCPC appreciates everyone who is committed to substance free youth in Kamiah and this dinner was just a small token of our appreciation,” said Sharlene Johnson, Executive Director, Kamiah Community Partners Coalition. 
Thirteen organizations were honored in all including Volunteer of the Year, Linda Ctibor, Law Enforcement Partner of the year, Aaron Krieger, and High School Youth of the year, Samantha Lahman. 
“The committee looked at all of the contributions of all of our medical field related partners, and weighed which one made the biggest contribution to our mission of Promoting Positive Change for  a Healthy Community and our vision of All Kamiah Youth Being Substance Free,” said Johnson. 
Since the inception of KCPC in 2008 St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals and Clinics have donated the lab work for the athletic drug testing at Kamiah School District. “We feel the drug testing has played a vital role in the reductions we are seeing,” said Johnson. SMH/CVHC has also provided training for the KCPC Drug Testing Coordinators and sponsored many of their healthy alternative activities. “Several employees have given countless volunteer hours, helped with drug testing monitoring when we have had to do large groups and Belinda Stockton, Lab Manager at CVHC, is always helpful whenever we have questions regarding drug testing.”
St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals and Clinics are very proud to be the recipient of this award,” remarked Christina Richardson. “We look forward to continuing to support the efforts made by KCPC and helping to reduce substance use in youth in our area.”

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