WIN Minutes 5/21/2019

Nenana Wellness Coalition

May 21 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.


Bonnie Reed, Rosemary Allen, Bill Troxel, William Wright, Magen Spencer, Don Kratzer, Tim Horn, Amie Verhagen and her two little boys, Kim Huffington and Jennifer from Hospice.







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Kim Huffington and Jennifer from hospice. They will be doing a presentation on hospice care.


William Wright born in Fairbanks went to college and was on a fire department in Washington and then came back to Alaska this fall to finish college and work.


Don Kratzer has been in Alaska for many years. He has traveled the Alaskan Regions teaching. He is now married to a wonderful woman and is happily living in Nenana.



Hospice 101: A presentation by Kim Huffington


The Fairbanks Hospice care goes around the Fairbanks area which is a 26-mile radius. A survey was done of where people would like to die and 80% of time people would like to do die in their home and hospice tries their best to comonadate. With new insurance regulations if a loved one dies during hospice care Fairbanks hospice will provide the family with additional support. They offer bereavement classes and support groups. Hospice does not do anything to prolong life nor does it speed up death. Hospice care just makes the person and family dying as comfortable as possible.


The Fairbanks Hospice Services mission statement is: We strive to provide superior and compassionate care to our patients and their loved one, so they can complete their life journey in comfort and dignity and harmony.


The goal is to have 5 hours of volunteer hours to every 100 hours of nursing hospice care. The past month there was a percentage of 28% of volunteers working at the hospice care. There are two different kind of volunteer they have. The office volunteers and “respire care.”


A person does have to have a diagnosable disease in order to be eligible for hospice care. There are 4 levels of care offered. They have in home care, respire care (if there is no one to help to care for them they can go into the hospital), inpatient care and continuous care (crisis care).


Average daily census is 33 people and average length of stay is 57 days.


Jennifer coordinates the volunteer program for the hospice care. There is approximately about 50 volunteers. They try to be specific towards the patients with their volunteers. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated. Volunteers are used for their patient care, administrative support, bereavement bread bakers, sew bereavement bears, plant sale and other special projects. There is a training twice a year of 12 hours. The training is well versed in everything that is involved with hospice care, to washing hands to making bread.


People from Nenana will be able to take this training. The training is free and you do not need to volunteer to take this class. Family and friends will be able to attend this training to help learn how to cope and take care of members in hospice. The next training will be held the fall time.


The hospice in Fairbanks is able to connect with other hospices to help provide families with grief support.


Advance directive classes can be done once a month trainings.


Bill Troxel was asked to a potential training for the envisioning wellness to talk about the EMS side of being a patient advocate.


WELLNESS THOUGHT: “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine
― Chinese Proverb





Tim Horn: Nenana Ice Classic meeting tonight at the 6:00pm. Tonight they will be voting for the board members. The meeting will be at the Civic Center.

Tomorrow is the end of year for Children’s Class. There will be no Children Class tomorrow.


The Bahia Community will be celebrating the declaration of the bob. At Bonnie Reed house will be 9:00pm


Last day of school is Friday. Kindergarten and 8th grade graduation is on Thursday, May 23, 2019. Kindergarten will be holding them at 1:00pm, the 8th grade will be at 6:30.


Kelly Monroe will be hosting the next language night at 6:00pm at the Recreational Center,


Audrey Sunny boy is hosting a Talking Circle 2:00-4:00. Tea and cookies will be held at the Parish Hall.


The memorial day picnic will be at the cemetery on Memorial Day starting at 2:00pm.


The book club is reading the Peace of the World.


Amie: June 3, 2019 at 6:00pm will be the next restorative justice meeting. Location is still pending.


June 2, 2019 is the cancer walk in Nenana. It’s starting at the Mary C Demientieff clinic, there will be a 1K and a 2K walk/run. This walk will be honoring the ones we have lost to cancer.


Love Nenana Days is coming up. The dates are June 14 and June 15. Friday night is the community BBQ/potluck. The one project is looking at restoring the community playground. Love Nenana Days is intended to work lots of people had great ideas but nothing would happen so this event is promoting new ideas how to better projects in Nenana. This way people can volunteer towards specific projects to better the community. The City council will choose 2 or 3 projects and then get volunteer labor for these projects.


This Saturday the 25th there is a fundraise for Roni and Skook. They need medical funds to get the care she needs to travel to Seattle. There is a dinner for fundraising, there is items for auction and then also there is garage sale. The garage sale is take what you want and pay what you think it is worth.


The library summer read sign up is on May 28, 2019 for the summer reading program. This program will be different than there has been in the past. This program will be a little more hands on and interactive. There should be a visitor that will be showing a sun telescope for everyone to check out.


Bill: Junior Firemen has started. The department will be hosting junior firemen activities  between the time 3:00pm-4:00pm at the Fire hall. June 29, 2019 the Fire Department will be throwing an event for families to help raise money for the department.


The fire department is selling raffle tickets; they are selling raffle tickets for the chance to win a rifle. The drawing is being held July 4, 2019. BE CAREFUL ABOUT BURNING!!


William: He is taking classes towards his emergency management and homeland security degree so if the department is wanting any additional help with looking for grants or budgeting he may be able to help with resources.

Magen: Will be gone next Tuesday, Rose will be holding the meeting.


Bonnie: No Updates



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