Community Matters TV Show

Community Matters is a show produced by TVCTV that airs on their local television channels (11, 28 and 30). The show is hosted by Washington County's Andy Cartmill and features a new topic each month. If you aren't able to catch the show on TV, you can watch them on YouTube. Links to all past shows are provided below.

NEW SHOW: Top Five Reasons to License Your Dog (short show - only six minutes!)


Animal Services

  • Dog owners play a big role in preventing dog bites. If you are a dog owner in Washington County, please watch this episode!
  • Meet Randy Covey, the new manager for Animal Services and the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter. Get to know him and learn about his top priorities for the coming year.
  • Lost and Found Pets - What to do if you lose or find a pet.
  • Pet preparedness - Getting your furry family members ready in case you have to evacuate or shelter in place.
  • Andy's Day as an Animal Shelter Volunteer - Get a firsthand look at volunteering with the cats and dogs at the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter.
  • Training Your Pet - We visit the animal shelter and learn the importance of and a few techniques for training your pet.
  • Dog safety, a visit to the animal shelter
  • Volunteer Opportunities - Learn from staff and volunteers about great opportunities with the animal shelter, Medical Reserve Corps, and Disability, Aging and Veteran Services.


Disability, Aging and Veteran Services (DAVS)

  • We recorded a show at the annual Family Caregiver Conference in Hillsboro. If you are a family caregiver, you'll want to watch it. We also hope you'll come to next year's conference!
  • Behind the scenes at Disability, Aging and Veteran Services. Meet several staff members and learn about the core services and programs.
  • Medicare Benefits and Enrollment Assistance - Learn more about SHIBA, a volunteer-driven program that helps you determine which Medicare plan is the best for you.
  • Family Caregiver Support Program - What it means to be a family caregiver, what resources and supports are available, and why it’s important for caregivers to take care of themselves too.
  • Programs for Seniors - Learn about Oregon Project Independence and other services (including nutrition and food assistance) that help keep older adults safe, healthy and independent in their own homes.
  • Services/help available for older adults
  • Services and benefits for Washington County veterans
  • Volunteer Opportunities - Learn from staff and volunteers about great opportunities with the animal shelter, Medical Reserve Corps, and Disability, Aging and Veteran Services.


Human Services/Children, Youth and Families


Public Health/Emergency Preparedness

  • Summertime Air Quality - Learn how heat, smog and wildfire smoke all contribute to air quality issues AND how to stay safe and healthy!
  • Go behind the scenes at a restaurant inspection with an environmental health specialist. Learn how Public Health staff work to keep you and your family safe when you go out to eat.
  • Where will you *go* when there's nowhere TO go? Our topic for this show is disaster sanitation. You'll get practical tips for preparing for the big earthquake that's coming at some point or another. Nobody wants to talk about this part of being prepared, but we must!
  • Nurse-Family Partnership - Hear from two nurses about this free home visiting program for first-time moms.
  • Opioid Series - We recorded a special four-part series to discuss the growing problem of opioid (pain pills and heroin) use and addiction.
    • Part One - An overview of the issue, featuring Deputy Health Officer Dr. Christina Baumann.
    • Part Two - First responders' perspective, featuring Cpl. Brad Davis from the Westside Interagency Narcotics Team and Shawn Wood with Metro West Ambulance.
    • Part Three - Getting help. What treatment looks like and how to access it. Our guest is Dr. Eve Klein, medical director at CODA, a local addictions treatment provider.
    • Part Four - A mother's story. Angela Pettit is the mom of two sons, one in recovery, one still addicted to heroin. A must-see for parents.
  • Low-Cost Health Care Options - Where to get primary care, immunizations, annual exams, STD treatment and more.
  • Wood Stove Exchange Program - If you use an old or uncertified wood stove for heat, you'll want to watch this video (and it's only about five minutes long). You could swap your old wood stove for a new, cleaner heating device at a discount or possibly even for free!
  • A Deeper Dive into Emergency Preparedness - See what the County's Emergency Management program is doing to prepare for disasters and learn what you can do as well.
  • Wood Smoke and Your Health - Learn the safest, cleanest and most efficient ways to burn wood this winter.
  • Public Health Clinic Changes - HHS Director Marni Kuyl discusses important changes to public health clinic services.
  • Childhood Vaccinations - Dr. Christina Baumann discusses the importance of vaccinations not only for children's health, but for the health of the entire community.
  • Community Resilience - Public health plays a big role in community resilience and emergency preparedness. Hear from our program educator as well as our AmeriCorps VISTA who organizes the Washington County Medical Reserve Corps.
  • Food Safety at Home - Prevent foodborne illness at home by following the advice of one of our environmental health specialists.
  • Chronic disease self-management programs
  • Winter Safety - Be prepared and stay safe at home and on the road this winter
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
  • Summer safety tips
  • Mosquitoes, bed bugs, bats - Things that Bite!
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Emergency Medical Services - When to call 9-1-1, how to drive when emergency vehicles need the road, stroke and heart attack symptoms
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Pertussis (tos ferina) Spanish version
  • Volunteer Opportunities - Learn from staff and volunteers about great opportunities with the animal shelter, Medical Reserve Corps, and Disability, Aging and Veteran Services.


Solid Waste & Recycling



If you have a suggestion for a future show relating to programs and services of Washington County Department of Health and Human Services, please send an email to Wendy Gordon.