Nenana Wellness Coalition
March 26, 2019
The Nenana Wellness Coalition is an alliance of representatives from various organizations, government agencies, community groups and individuals that meets weekly to discuss and help implement plans for improving the wellness and quality of life in Nenana Alaska.
WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: Laura Hokenson
SPIRITUAL MOMENT: Kat McElroy
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS:
Addition of envisioning wellness, health fair, and H.E.L.P.
MINUTES: The minutes generated last week were posted at the WIN link at www.railbelt.org and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: David Poppe, Kat McElroy, Rosemary Allen, Laura Hokenson, Jens Jacobsen, Tim Horn, Bonnie Reed
Envisioning Wellness: Trooper Minor here on April 9th; left message with AK Blooms, might try texting; and then possibly Josh Verhagen once his children book is out.
Health Fair: Massage therapist was great! Other highlights were the food, push up contest and BAC goggle table. There were 19 blood draws done and community members enjoyed interacting with students at the health fair. It was mentioned that in the future it might be good to going back to having exhibitors have a concise message when someone visits their table, especially at the school health fairs. It was also mentioned that at future school health fairs to let school staff know its fine for the students to eat the food provided at health fair; some students could and some were not allowed which is always hard for young kids – to see other kids with something and wondering why you cannot also have that. It was mentioned that the school fair is always a lot of hard work with the hauling of tables and chairs and that for future fairs to try and get more people on board for this. However, once at the school and clean up in the school the students are great and getting it taken care of. All and all it was a great fair and WIN is extremely grateful for the school, the volunteers, and everyone it takes to put the fair on.
H.E.L.P.: Health Education Learning Project for our Neighbors in Need is a pilot partnership started with the Alaska Health Fair, Literacy Council of Alaska, and the Fairbanks community food bank with the purpose to improve the health of the Tanana valley through education and the availability of fresh foods for those who are medically referred or for seniors 60+. A person can get up to 30 pounds of food a week, along with fresh produce they have things like milk and eggs. If interested call Pam in the food bank USDA office at 907-374-0555.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: “The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring” – Bernard Williams –
Kat: Doing good, beading
Bonnie: Harriet Borst is in hospice. Senior Easter lunch is April 19th
David: Fiona had the first calf of 2019 season; few more should drop this spring. Not sure if the warmer weather is changing calving season. Busy, busy household.
Tim: Restorative justice event went well, really impressed with magistrate and Chris McLain; the attendance seemed to validate having an evening event. Carl gave testimony at the joint senate committee in Juneau this week and went really well. Talking circle with Audrey Sunnyboy and Beverly Joseph at St. Marks parish hall at 1pm. School Board meeting next week. Job Fair April 5th at tribal hall; community read this Thursday at school from 9-10:30am, community members read to 5-6th graders.
Jens: Choose respect went really well; watched movie on resilience @ 6pm about ACE scores and trauma, but also hope and what we can do to help. Ski state events starts Thursday; pep rally Friday afternoon to recognize athletes including our girl’s state basketball team; PEAKS assessment are next week Tuesday-Thursday; April 6th is prom; ProACT restraint training next Friday; and this will be Jens last WIN meeting as principal, as they continue transition to new principal Annalee Coy.