WIN Minutes 01-13-15

Nenana Wellness Coalition
January 13, 2015

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 13 participants today: Natalie Chong, Maryellen Robinson, Sam Parker, Bonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, Virginia Young, Tim Horn, Nancy Theirhemier, Mary Lou Ketzler, Jeannie Bennett, Mary Alexander and Amie & James Verhagen. We enjoyed pork stew and Cole Slaw, Ritz crackers and sliced cheese and walnuts & raisins for lunch.

WELCOME and READING OF THE MISSION STATEMENT by today’s chairperson: Tim Horn.

PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were no items added to the agenda.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes were posted at the WIN link at and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Sam Parker was welcomed as a new participant at WIN.

Nenana Health Fair: The first official organizational meeting for the 2015 Health Fair was held this morning at 10:30 AM at Jeannie Bennett’s shop. The Health Fair is scheduled for April 1st, to occur in the gym at Nenana City Public School. Natalie would like to be part of the planning committee. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, the 21st, at 3:30 PM, at Natalie’s office at NCPS.
HBO Addiction video—Intervention: This portion of the HBO documentary on addiction described the CRAFT intervention process. CRAFT stands for community reinforcement and family training. Based on operant conditioning [a type of learning], CRAFT helps people rearrange their lifestyles so that healthy, drug-free living becomes rewarding and thereby competes with alcohol and drug use. It is a time-limited treatment. Held in a set number of sessions (for example, 16 sessions) or time limit (for example, one year) decided upon by the participants, either at the very beginning of therapy or within the early stages of therapy.
Community reinforcement and family training is a process which works through changing the dynamics between family members. It is designed to increase the odds of the substance user who is refusing to acknowledge an addiction issue to enter treatment, as well as improve the lives of the concerned family members. CRAFT teaches the use of healthy rewards to encourage positive behaviors. Plus, it focuses on helping both the substance user and the family.
This documentary explained the process, provided a clinical explanation of how it works and included vignettes from therapy sessions with a concerned grandparent and her substance using grandson. Discussion ensued which focused primarily on the process of confronting addiction without using shame, blame, anger or ultimatums. Personal experiences were shared. The concept of applying this kind of process on a community level was explored. It was agreed the short format of the segment was good because it allowed time for discus. We will view and discuss other portions of the DVD at future WIN meetings.

What goes around, comes around. Rainbow Tribe

Bonnie: Thursday night is the City Assembly meeting, 6:30 PM at the Senior Center. There will also be the Community Pride/Village Safety meeting that evening, at the tribal hall, 6PM.
Friday funeral services will be held for Wesley Lord, 1 PM at the tribal hall with a pot latch that evening, 7 PM.
Saturday evening, 5-7 PM, there will be a fund-raiser taco feed and a dessert auction in the cafeteria at NCPS.
Tim: William is back up to UAF to tackle his second semester.
Tuesday the 20th is our first home game, Nenana vs TriValley at NCPS; the next home game will be against Effie Kokrine, January 30th.
The Nenana book club has begun reading Piers Anthony’s Spell for a Chameleon. They will meet to discuss this fantasy on February 2nd, 7 PM, at Karen Harvey’s.
Mary Lou: Will be helping Friday with pot latch preparation.
Kat: We better reschedule our sing-along so we can all participate in the pot latch. Leon is coming down from North Pole to help.
Virginia: Passed out small flyers to advertise a Baha’i study circle for adults, Reflections on the Spirit. The initial meeting will be Wednesday, January 21st, 7 PM, at which time the schedule for subsequent meetings will be created. Call for details 978-1952.
Natalie: Wants to be able to incorporate more community involvement in our school so we can educate and support our youth and build stronger community. She will do a presentation next week to gather ideas for how to do this.
Maryellen: Is already working on SB1 which will be the Smoke Free Alaska legislation to be introduced at the start of this year’s session. There is a work group following this law that will be meeting the first Tuesday of each month. People interested in being active in this group may email to get on the e-list. PINK continues to meet each Sunday at Railbelt.
Mary: There will be a Game Night next Monday at Meda Lord, 6:30 PM.
Nancy: Yoga every Monday and Wednesday, 10 AM at Meda Lord.
Amie: The latest Health Challenge is set to begin. There are details on the Nenana Community FB page. There is a $30.00 registration fee.


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