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In a world that presents both challenges and opportunities, we must work together, be resilient and treat each other with respect. KANA leadership is proud to be leading the way in substance abuse treatment options for our community and invites the community to join the discussion about service expansion efforts in our community.
Please join KANA Health Professionals, Staff, and Beneficiaries along with Tribal leaders and others in our community to discuss available services and expansion efforts to improve substance abuse treatment options in Kodiak. The Community Health Summit will be held on July 13th from 10:00am – 5:00pm at the Afognak Native Corporation Building on Near Island. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. For more information, please contact Heather Carlson, Health Services Coordinator, at (907) 486-1365.
As health care providers around the state assess how to respond to Alaska’s opioid epidemic, KANA leadership has prioritized addressing substance abuse in the Kodiak region and what resources are available for those seeking pathways to treatment. Our staff is working diligently to respond to these issues in our communities.
In partnership with ANTHC, KANA Community Health Aides Program trainees from Akhiok, Larsen Bay, Old Harbor and Ouzinkie will come to Kodiak to complete the final session of training to become Certified Health Aides for our rural communities. CHA/P trainees will conduct a variety of face-to-face clinical exams at KANA Main, including Acute Care, Sick Child, Well Child, and Immunization/Newborn exams, as well as some paid volunteer patients exams to include complete patient medical history & physical exam, prenatal, women’s health, and chronic disease clinics under the supervision of a referral provider.
CHA/P training clinical exams present an opportunity for patients to receive an exceptionally comprehensive exam following a precise algorithm with the full attention of two providers. All volunteer patients who will be compensated for their time with a VISA gift card.
KANA is pleased to support the Community Health Aide Program and prepare our CHA/Ps for their vital role within our health care system. CHA/Ps are part of an established referral relationship that includes mid-level providers, physicians, regional hospitals, and the Alaska Native Medical Center. We are proud to partner for this unique, successful, and culturally acceptable health care delivery system which sustains one of the most important health care Providers roles for our rural communities.
Patient volunteering for 4 hour examinations will receive a $100 VISA gift card, and for appointments up to 1 hour will receive a $25 VISA gift card. To register for a paid volunteer patient exam, please contact Domonique Ruiz by calling 486-9812.
Fireweed offers something useful in every stage of growth. Early shoots can be harvested with the leaves are still close to the stem and pointing upward by snapping the plant off at the base to be eaten raw or lightly cooked. Young leaves on plants that have not yet flowered can be pinched off and eaten like spinach. As plants age through the season, flower buds can be picked to make colorful additions to salads.
On May 13, 2016 KANA was awarded a grant from the Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT), who works to improve the status of children in Alaska by generating funds and committing resources to prevent child abuse and neglect. KANA was awarded the grant for the purpose of providing Circle of Security Training, a relationship based early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children.
A deep sense of security in themselves and the world around them is one of the most important qualities parents can instill in their child. Secure attachment develops in children who learn that they can rely on their parents to meet their physical and emotional needs. Children learn that when they are cold or hungry, parents are there to provide them with warmth and sustenance. When scared, sad or lonely, children learn to trust that they can turn to their parents for comfort.
Years of research show that secure children demonstrate greater empathy and self-esteem, have better relationships with parents and peers, enhanced school readiness, and an increased capacity to handle emotions more effectively when compared with children who are not secure. This funding enables KANA to offer the Circle of Security in new, small-group integrated treatment approaches for at-risk parents through a reflecting parenting course in the season ahead. We thank the Alaska Children’s Trust for this investment in our community – Quyanaa!
Source: Kodiak Area Native Association