Nenana Wellness Coalition
July 9, 2013
The Nenana Wellness Coalition is an alliance of representatives from various organizations, government agencies, community groups and individuals that meets weekly to discuss, evaluate, coordinate, consolidate, celebrate and help implement plans for improving the wellness and quality of life in Nenana Alaska.
There were 5 in attendance today, including: Kat & Leon McElroy, Jessica Durtsche, Bill Troxel, and Miles Martin.
We enjoyed rustic beef stew and mixed green salad for lunch.
We had a very informal meeting today: No chair person, no reading of the MISSION STATEMENT, no PRAYER was led and no there was no PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA: There were no additions to the agenda.
MINUTES: Posted on the WIN link at http://www.railbelt.org and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: no new guests this week.
Envisioning Wellness: Per her telephonic conversation with Kat this morning, Tim informs us that the Rev. Bob Stringfellow will do an Envisioning Wellness presentation next Tuesday, 7-16-13, on his church/ministry. This is part of our ongoing process to learn about the various faith communities in Nenana. Tim has a photograph ad will attempt to put together a flyer by Thursday for Kat to print. We will need a volunteer to post the flyers around town.
Bill said that Olivia Nolywaika, one of our local volunteer EMS, who works at Clear Air Station Fire Department, would be interested in coming to WIN to talk to us about community relations and ways that the people of Nenana could support their local EMS providers. Discussion ensued regarding the concept of creating a Nenana Friends of the EMS. It was mentioned that there are funding issues; the department of public safety budget was built around the idea that there would be approximately 50 runs annually but in 2012 our crews responded to 160 EMS call outs. Our volunteers pay for their own uniforms, needed for body substance isolation (universal precaution with possible body fluids) as well as on site identification of responders. Medical supplies are currently stop-gapped by a GVEA grant without which our EMS would not have basic bandages and defibrillator pads.
There are plans to get our current ETT’s trained up to EMT-I status and the EMT-I’s trained up to EMT-II and then EMT-III status. This costs money. The Fire Chief would also like to have his crew get trained in SCBA response (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus) so that they might enter into burning structures if that is required. Again, funding is the primary barrier.
Kat said, there is a perception by the public that certain services should be or are readily available at all times: clean safe water, emergency medical attention, fire and police emergency response, lighting in public areas, safe roads and walkways. The fact is, however, that all these services are costly to initiate and maintain. Communities are faced with decisions to fund or to do without such services.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: Life is good.
Bill: The Gospel Music Festival was a success and it is hoped it will grow. It was broadcast live on Voice of Christ Ministries so people in the bush were also able to enjoy the music. They had 107 people attend their combined church services Sunday morning. Vacation Bible School started yesterday, at the Civic Center, 9:30 AM-2:30PM.
Kat: Railbelt got their tobacco grant. David is out making hay. The pigs are growing like weeds and will be ready for slaughter in September.
OPEN FLOOR FOR COMMENTS/QUESTIONS/DISCUSSION: None
ADJOURNMENT: 1:40 PM