Schedule | Sept 4, 2019

8:30 a.m.


Sign in, meet our guests, and learn about local programs and resources available for improving health in our community. Light refreshments provided.

Those pre-registered can pick up their t-shirt and activity session confirmations at check-in.

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