Wellness Strategies for Health

Alaska Native Epidemiology Center

Wellness Strategies for Health

 

Wellness Strategies for Health is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded program that aims to reduce heart disease, diabetes, and stroke among Alaska Native and American Indian people.

To achieve the goals of the program the Alaska Native EpiCenter (ANEC) works with five regional Tribal health organization (THO) partner sites and supports statewide health initiatives to:

Decrease Tobacco Use

Increase Physical Activity

Increase Healthy Eating

Increase Breast Feeding

Improve Health Literacy

Manage Chronic Disease

What does HEALTHY mean to you?

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) is a tobacco-free campus, which includes the Alaska Native Medical Center.


THO Partner Sites   top

In 2015 each THO partner site completed a community health assessment and action plan around their chosen focus areas. See below for additional information on what each THO partner site is doing to improve health in their region:

Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc. (APIA)


APIA is working on healthcare systems changes to ensure that all patients are screened for tobacco use, diabetes, pre-diabetes, and obesity and referred for additional care as needed. APIA is also working to improve patient-provider communication by implementing the “Teach Back” technique and initiating the National Patient Safety Foundation’s “Ask Me Three” patient education program.
APIA Community Health Assessment
www.apiai.org/

Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC)


KIC is working to reduce tobacco use by increasing compliance with the KIC smoke-free facility policy, implementing a tobacco-free Tribal resolution, and increasing patient screening and referral for tobacco use. KIC is also working to prevent and reduce diabetes by increasing referral to the KIC Diabetes Prevention and Diabetes Self-Management Programs.
KIC Community Health Assessment
www.kictribe.org/

Maniilaq Association


Maniilaq Association is working to improve patient-provider communication by implementing the “Teach Back” technique and initiating the National Patient Safety Foundation’s “Ask Me Three” patient education program. Maniilaq is also developing a process to systematically screen patients for obesity and refer as needed.
Maniilaq Community Health Assessment
www.maniilaq.org/

SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC)


SEARHC is working to increase access to healthy food by developing and implementing nutrition guidelines for foods served in Tribal healthcare facilities. SEARHC is also working to have Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital designated as a baby-friendly facility. Additionally, SEARHC is working to improve patient-provider communication by increasing provider use of motivational interviewing and initiating a patient education program such as the National Patient Safety Foundation’s “Ask Me Three” program.
SEARHC Community Health Assessment
www.searhc.org/

Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC)


TCC is working to increase access to healthy food by developing and implementing nutrition guidelines for foods served and sold at TCC facilities. TCC is also working to develop and implement screening and referral guidelines for pre-diabetes.

Healthy Food Tales:

 

Tanana Chiefs Conference Healthy Food Policy Survey Results:

TCC Community Health Assessment
www.tananachiefs.org/

Statewide Projects   top

   

Play Every Day

ANEC partners with the State of Alaska Obesity Prevention and Control Program to support the Play Every Day public education campaign, which works to increase public awareness about the health risks of childhood obesity, the importance of physical activity, and the consumption of healthy foods and beverages.

ANEC partnered with Play Every Day to produce two video public service announcements that highlight healthy activities in rural communities.

Watch the Bethel and Unalakleet videos below:

 

More information on Play Every Day can be found here: www.dhss.alaska.gov/dph/PlayEveryDay/

   

Healthy Futures

ANEC partners with the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame to expand the reach of the Healthy Futures Challenge, a school-based program that promotes physical activity among students and families.

More information on Healthy Futures can be found here: www.HealthyFuturesAK.org/

Tobacco Prevention

ANEC partners with the Tobacco Prevention and Control Programs at ANTHC and the State of Alaska to promote tobacco-free policies and implement health care system practices that support patients who want to quit.

More information on the ANTHC Tobacco Prevention and Control Program can be found here: anthc.org/what-we-do/wellness/tobacco/

More information on the State of Alaska Tobacco Prevention and Control Program can be found here: tobaccofree.alaska.gov

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