Nenana Wellness Coalition
June 20, 2017
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
This week we had 15 participants and 2 presenters. Our participants included, Mike Arena, Bonnie Reed, Brianna Ketzler and her two kids Brayden Ketzler, Shad Caviness, Derek Ketzler, Donald Charlie, Theresa Berry Laura Hokenson, Adam White, Joe Forness, Sharon Clark, Virginia Young, Magen Spencer and Tim Horn. Our presenters where Andrea Dubenezic and Vicki Craddick. We enjoyed spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, crackers with cheese and assorted nuts.
WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson
SPIRITUAL MOMENT: Bonnie Reed
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS:
The public health nurses came down to Nenana to present on Project Hope. Project Hope is a state wide program that developed after Governor Walker announced an opioid epidemic in Alaska. The goal of Project Hope is to minimize opioid over doses with Narcan. Narcan is a drug that blocks the effects of opioids and reverse an overdose. The public health nurses came down to Nenana to present on Narcan and project hope, as well as hand Narcan kits out to the individuals at the meeting. Everyone went over a quick tutorial on how to use the sinus nasal spray.
There was questions as what the future looks like for people with chronic pain. There has been strict regulation on opioid medications, and concern for individuals who use the medicine. Both sides of the debate where brought up, and majority agreed that there are people who need this pain medication for their daily lives.
The Nenana Volunteer Fire Department representatives, Joe Forness, Adam White and Derek Ketzler raised concern with fentanyl being mixed together with heroin. There has been an increase in usage of those two drugs, and it has a horrible effect on people.
If you, someone you know or your agency would like to get a Narcan kit, you can email Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org or Victoria at email@example.com, or go to the Fairbanks Public Health Center at 1025 W. Barnette St. Fairbanks AK 99701. These Narcan kits are free!
During this meeting, a couple community members were asked to present on certain topics. Theresa Berry was asked to present on chronic pain, and Joe Forness was asked to do a CPR training. Both participants said they were interested. More information will be provided accordingly.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: “At the end of the day, the goals are simple, safety and security.”
- Jodi Rell
A quick announcement on the Prevention Carnival at the Ball Park, Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 12pm.