Nenana Wellness Coalition
July 22, 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 and help implement plans for improving the wellness and quality of life in Nenana Alaska
We had three participants today: Kat McElroy, Bonnie Reed, and Rosemary Allen.
We enjoyed salmon chowder, mixed garden salad, and Ritz crackers with sliced cheese for lunch.
There was no formal WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT, PRAYER nor PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE today.
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 with no reported issues.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No guests today.
Envisioning Wellness: We have scheduled a viewing of the DVD documentary film The Anonymous People for Tuesday, September 30th. Jessica will be back from RHS at that time. We shall be showing this film again later at an evening community event. We have no other Envisioning Wellness presentations scheduled at this time but are always receptive to suggestions.
Preliminary Findings of DIT’s Community Needs Survey: Kat was able to tally the Community Needs surveys generated at the Back-to-School BBQ in Anderson, those completed during WIN two weeks ago and the adult portion of the surveys completed during our Dancing In The Streets event Friday night. She will complete the youth surveys Thursday and all the data generated will be on the RMHA web site and provided in hard copy to anyone inter5ested in seeing it. Preliminary findings on the surveys, she noted, are pretty interesting. Age-wise, the adult surveys skewed to middle-aged and elders. Primary behavioral health issues identified as problematic in Nenana by the adult respondents were: alcohol, drug abuse, depression/mental health issues and domestic violence. Kat noted that in a quick appraisal of the youth respondents, alcohol, tobacco use and bullying seem to be the primary identified concerns. Resources identified by adults for people needing help with such issues were: RMHA, the clinic, friends and family, church and clergy while youth named the clinic, the school, the Living Center and friends more frequently. Many good ideas were presented to address these issues which will be explored further in RMHA staff meetings as well, no doubt, as during WIN. Next year, Kat would like to provide a scrawl wall as well as printed surveys as many of the younger students seemed intimidated by the surveys, and expressed concern about getting the “right answer” as opposed to providing opinions. The scrawl wall seems to pull information more readily from youth.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: None of our faults are as reprehensible as the methods we use to conceal them. Francois de La Rochenfoucauld
Friday night, 5 PM, at the salmon bake, the community is invited to attend a free end-of-season dinner event. Food will be provided.