Nenana Wellness Coalition
July 1, 2014
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 , masticate and help implement plans for improving the wellness and quality of life in Nenana Alaska.
We had nine participants today: Kat McElroy, Jessica Durtsche, Patty McKenna, Chuck Hugny, Bonnie Reed, Virginia Young, Tim Horn, Harriet Borst and Jeannie Bennett. We enjoyed pasta with beef and cheeses, cucumber salad, watermelon and Ritz crackers with sliced cheese for lunch.
WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson, Jessica Durtsche.
PRAYER was lead by Jeannie Bennett, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were no additions to the agenda.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Posted at the WIN link at http://www.railbelt.org and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No guests today.
Public Health Nurse: Patty McKenna talked to us about flooding and emergency preparedness. She brought handouts including a State of Alaska Emergency Preparedness 7 Day Survival Kit pamphlet designed to assist people to assemble emergency preparedness supplies, time-framed to be gathered over a 24 week period of time and an Emergency Supply List prepared by FEMA. She also had handouts about water safety, hazardous materials and dealing with disaster on an individual basis. She led a discussion about the local response to the 2008 flood. One thing that was noted was how slow the official response was on a state and federal level. Another issue that emerged was the apparent disconnect between FEMA responses versus perceived local needs. As the flood waters receded, there was great concern in the community about water safety and soil contamination. Discussion ensued regarding strategies that might have lessened the community perception of danger or to deal with actual dangers.
Patty showed us a Community Emergency Response Plan kit that can be used on a local level to assist people in the task of creating a comprehensive community emergency response plan. It can be downloaded at http://www.ak-prepared.com/plans/index.htm and used as a template or guide. Discussion ensued regarding the current community emergency response plan, aspects of which are outdated. Virginia volunteered to take lead on bringing this forward as a wellness project. It was agreed to introduce the plan at the next Community Safety/Village Pride meeting and to solicit volunteers to form a committee to complete the plan.
More information can be found at: http://www.ready.alaska.gov/
Community education about addiction: Railbelt has obtained a dozen educational and documentary DVD’s and wants to do a community education process around addiction and recovery. Jessica will be taking lead on this for her RHS project. The DVD’s have been selected to explore the nature of the brain-based disorder known as addiction, some of the social and cultural dynamics that drive addiction, harm reduction interventions currently in use, the many aspects of recovery from addiction and how concerned others can be most effective in supporting other people’s recovery processes. Kat hopes this will open a community wide conversation about addiction. Yet to be determined: a venue for viewing the DVD’s and strategies for garnering as wide an audience as possible.
Rain, rain, go away. Come again some other day.
Jeannie: The site of the Gospel Fest is inundated due to the recent rains. Jeannie is seeking an alternate venue. Gospel Fest may be held this year at the RV Park. Another possibility is the baseball field. She has porta-potties coming from Lausen’s .
The agenda for July 4th is: breakfast at the Civic Center from 9-10:30 AM, parade at 10:15 AM, street games to begin at 11:00 AM. Gospel Fest will begin afterwards with community dinner that night at 5:30 PM.
ADJOURNMENT: 2:00 PM