KAKE - For the fourth straight year, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is participating on a local team that has earned a spot in the national Healthy Native Communities Fellowship program. This year the winning team is "Peace of Kake," featuring Georgie Reese, Anthony Gastelum and Lori M. Moore.
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The Fellowship is sponsored by the Indian Health Service National Health Promotion Initiative and 2008 will be its fourth year. The 2008 Fellowship will bring together 16 teams comprised of 47 individuals who work or volunteer in a variety of fields related to health and wellness, substance abuse, social services or tribal and local government.
Reese is a SEARHC community wellness advocate, Gastelum is a SEARHC behavioral prevention specialist and a community juvenile justice advocate/youth coordinator for the village of Kake, and Moore is a stay-at-home mother and volunteer emergency medial technician with Kake emergency medical service.
"We're very glad to be working with key stakeholders of the community and also are looking forward to working with teams from all over the nation," Gastelum said.
"Our combined jobs and commitments include just about every age group in the community, and we're looking forward to working together for the good of the community of Kake," Reese said.
Each team is required to design and implement a community action project and team members attend four week-long quarterly retreats at various places around the country. The teams also take part in weekly teleconferences where they learn how to implement their projects and discuss what works and what doesn't.
Peace of Kake is sponsored by the Kake Healing Heart Council, which wants the members to help create a community wellness vision that features strong partnerships between agencies and individuals, has sustainable community projects, deals with youth and family issues, and will get more people involved in community wellness.
Besides "Peace of Kake," there are two other Alaska teams in the 2008 fellowship, from Barrow and Emmonak. SEARHC employees were on teams from Juneau in 2007, Kake in 2006 and Sitka in 2005. SEARHC also co-hosted the Fellowship's July 2006 retreat in Sitka.