Marissa Harshman, The Columbian

Marissa Harshman

The Columbian

Vancouver, WA, United States

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Past articles by Marissa:

Fostering helps family achieve vision of a house brimming with love

Shannon Williams was enjoying a rare moment of silence. The mother of three had gotten her children — all under the age of 5 — down for their naps at the same time. She retreated to the couch to relax → Read More

Kids dive into therapy at Legacy Salmon Creek

One afternoon two years ago, Bastian Maciel complained to his mom about neck pain. Within 15 minutes, the boy was paralyzed from the neck down. → Read More

Health care workers’ safety increasingly at risk

Shannon Sathre was supposed to have the day off, but a staff shortage and the prospect of time-and-a-half pay lured her from her couch into the intensive care unit at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Cen → Read More

Let’s Get Moving program in Vancouver inspires healthy changes

Abigail Boyd-Williams used to spend her Saturdays in bed, closing herself off from others and feeling depressed. → Read More

Panel discusses opioid addiction among area youth

The percentage of Clark County 10th-graders misusing prescription medications may have declined over the last decade, but local teens are still using opioids and dying from overdoses. → Read More

Four teens found unconscious from suspected opiod overdose

Four teenagers were hospitalized Friday morning for suspected opioid overdoses after three of the teens were discovered unconscious outside in an east Vancouver neighborhood. → Read More

Harlem Wizards ‘draft’ 6-year-old Vancouver twins

In front of television cameras and a crowd of cheering fans, Adrian and Declan Reagan became the newest members of the Harlem Wizards. → Read More

Incredible Years: A course on parenting

A west Vancouver coalition striving to create a healthier younger generation is turning its attention upstream — to parents of toddlers and young school-aged children. → Read More

Health experts: Juul isn’t cool

Teenagers smoking behind the bleachers may be a thing of the past, but health officials say teens are still using nicotine. The latest method: “juuling” in school bathrooms. → Read More

Five-week running series debuts in Vancouver for ages 2 to 14

Renee Collins remembers how tough it was to find activities for her children when they were younger. As toddlers, they were too young for T-ball and most other organized sports. Now that her kids are → Read More

State health officials suspend license of Vancouver doctor

State health officials have immediately suspended the license of a Clark County physician, alleging she is unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety due to a mental or physical condition. → Read More

Bombing inspires Vancouver man to run Boston marathon again

When Roy Hahn crossed the finish line of the 1988 Boston Marathon, he assumed it would be his last time running the legendary race — his fourth finish in four years. → Read More

Vancouver group hosts talk on youth opioid abuse

A Clark County substance abuse prevention coalition is hosting a forum on youth opioid use and is joining with local and state agencies in other efforts this month. The April events align with Prevent → Read More

Septic system loans available for Clark County homeowners

Homeowners facing costly septic system repairs or replacements can now tap into a new financial assistance program to help foot the bill. → Read More

Soul therapy: Rehab patients to relearn entering, exiting car

Rehab patients at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center will soon no longer need to trudge out to the parking lot to practice entering and exiting a vehicle. Instead, they’ll just head to the rehab uni → Read More

Medical students from WSU get hands-on training

Alex Franke has donned surgical gloves in the past. But the Washington State University medical student had never gone step-by-step through the process of gowning and gloving for a sterile operating r → Read More

Finding migraine relief with botox

The migraines began in 1987. When one struck, Kari Carlson would see black spots and become nauseous. The searing pain would bring her to her knees. → Read More

Clark County flu rates climb back up

Eighteen weeks after the local flu season began, the influenza virus is still sickening Clark County residents. → Read More

Enrollment for health plans hits record high

The number of people purchasing health plans from the state-based insurance exchange reached record levels this year in Clark County and across the state. → Read More

Hough Mileage Club a healthy recess option for students

A group of third-graders burst through the doors of Hough Elementary School and into the outdoor playground. → Read More