Schedule 2020

July 17 – 23

Kodiak Crab Festival 2020 Virtual Run & Walk  

Registration Information

The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce and Healthy Kodiak are partnering together to make Kodiak healthier both physically and economically! So, let’s do something healthy together while staying apart! We want to encourage as many people as possible to run, walk, or hike to accumulate over 73,500 virtual miles which is walking the Island of Kodiak about 275 times! So, sign up now, create or join a team (friends, co-workers, family, etc.) and share with relatives, friends, and work colleagues to support the Kodiak Crab Festival Virtual Run & Walk. Although the focus of the event is fundraising for the Kodak Chamber of Commerce — its “friend” raising — we greatly appreciate any additional donations you wish to give at the time of registration. By donating to the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, you are helping the Chamber to continue offering business services like guest speakers, business networking events, educational partnerships with the Small Business Development Center, other unique and independent educational platforms, and the community events you love like Crab Fest. Remember, supporting the Chamber is supporting businesses in your community. Additional proceeds over $30,000 will benefit the Kodiak Economic Development Corporation Small Businesses Relief grants. 

PRIZES: We’ll announce the overall winners on August 23rd at 5pm on Facebook LIVE. The Top Individual Fundraiser will win (2) Unrestricted Alaska Airline tickets to anywhere they fly!!! The Top Finisher (most steps taken) goes home with an outdoor lover’s prize package!

WHO: YOU! Whether you live on Kodiak Island, are nostalgic for Island Life you used to live, longing for your dream vacation, or just want to help a noble cause. Invite your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues to take part in the challenge (from a safe distance) or donate to your fundraiser.

WHAT: Set your personal goal to run, walk, hike or fundraise. Track your progress on your favorite wearable tracker or the Charity Footprints app.

WHERE: The Kodiak Crab Festival Virtual Run & Walk takes place where you are – your home, your neighborhood, your trails, your vacation, etc.

WHEN: The Challenge runs from July 17 to August 23, 2020, but you can join at any time – after all, your fitness goal is determined by you.


To register for the Kodiak Crab festival 2020 Virtual Run & Walk, go to:

9:00 a.m.

Welcome to Healthy Kodiak

Margaret Roberts | Board of Directors, Kodiak Area Native Association/ Tangirnaq Native Village
Siene Allen | Community Health Director, Kodiak Area Native Association

Introduction, invocation, lamp lighting, and opening remarks.

9:10 a.m.

Alaska’s Infrastructure:
Improving the Health of Families with Young Children

Matthew Hirschfeld, MD, PhD | Medical Director of Maternal Child Health Services, ANMC

Our children and families are the foundation of our community. Experienced in the effects of adverse childhood events, Dr. Hirschfeld will provide insight on the profound health impacts of positive and constructive programs for children.

10:15 a.m.

Facilitated Discussion: 
Support for Grandparents Raising their Grandchildren

Catherine Galindo | Facilitator, Kodiak Area Native Association
Grandparents | Community Resource Panel

Childrearing has changed and Elders and now raising their grandchildren. How can they cope with the challenges faced today and be successful? Hear from our community partners and local Elders who are living this experience firsthand.

11:00 a.m.

Cultural Activity Sessions, part 1

Coral Chernoff | Salmon Skin Project
Susan Malutin | Alutiiq Language Primer and Bingo
Gayla Pedersen | Salve Making Workshop
Jody Hassel | Trauma Informed Yoga


Lunch Provided

12:30 p.m.

Cultural Activity Sessions, part 2

Coral Chernoff | Salmon Skin Project
Susan Malutin | Alutiiq Language Primer and Bingo
Gayla Pedersen | Salve Making Workshop
Jody Hassel | Trauma Informed Yoga

1:30 p.m.

Community Partner Meet and Greet

Visit with our local community partners and find out how they are supporting local health initiatives.

1:45 p.m.

Renewing Indigenous Resiliency: 
Understanding the Past in Order to Move Forward

Miranda Petruska, CHP | Community Health Aide Program Manager, Southcentral Foundation

Shifting culture over the decades has changed the support dynamic of the village community. Participate in a transformative group activity that puts indigenous lives into perspective as it relates to historical trauma and learn how you can overcome your own past and rewrite the next chapters in your story.  

2:45 p.m.

The New CPR: 
Mental Health First Aide Training

Jill Ramsey | Alaska Training Cooperative

When someone has a heart attack, those trained in CPR step in to provide life support. Mental Health First Aide Training can help you to recognize the signs and symptoms of a person in emotional distress and help save their life.

Mental Health First Aid is an education program that helps the participant identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid is offered in the form of an interactive coursethat presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. Those who take the course learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

Mental Health First Aid discusses barriers to mental healthcare, stigma, shame, misinformation and resources. Most importantly, participants receive an opportunity to practice and apply Mental Health First Aid, ask questions, and have a genuinely safe place to discuss and problem solve through difficult topics. The course covers the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis, eating disorders, self-injury, substance use disorders and opioid overdose. 

3:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion: 
Transitioning Seniors and Elders

Jonathan Strong, Elaine Loomis, Andrea Abena | Co-Presentation

Discussion of helpful planning information for families to prepare in advance for Elder care far enough in advance to prevent challenges with housing and finances.

4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Siene Allen | Community Health Director, Kodiak Area Native Association