Community Nutrition Elders Survey: This CTG project is on track and being led by SEARHC nutritionists Kari Natwick and Janai Meyer. This research looks at proxy hunting rules and protocols and how they impact the perceptions of availability of wild game among elders in SE Alaska. General food security among this group is also being assessed. Food security is a measure of ensured access to essential nutrition. It refers to a household's ability to provide future physical and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that fulfills the dietary needs and cultural food preferences for living an active and healthy lifestyle. This data will guide future policy directions that impact elders in SE Alaska.
Sitka Health Summit: CTG funds supported SEARHC’s portion of the Sitka Health Summit effort. This annual event is in its 6th year and was originally started with the SEARHC “Steps for a Healthier Southeast Alaska” program. It brings together community stakeholders in Sitka to honor excellent examples of wellness and also to develop and plan wellness projects that can be completed in one year. The 2012-13 projects include revitalizing the Sitka downtown, an initiative to make Sitka more walk-able and a community food assessment.
Petersburg MAPP: Petersburg Mental Health Services is utilizing CTG funds to conduct a MAPP process for their community. Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) is a community-driven strategic planning process for improving community health. Facilitated by public health leaders, this framework helps communities apply strategic thinking to prioritize public health issues and identify resources to address them. Petersburg has a population of ~3,000.
Brave Heart Volunteers: This group will re-establish a Health and Human Services coalition in Sitka, AK. The purpose of this coalition will be to bring together community wide housing, interfaith and public health, stakeholders to address common challenges in meeting the populations’ needs and to develop education plans for outreach to the larger community of Sitka.
Sitka Local Foods Network is undertaking a Sitka food assessment that will examine current data on consumption, supply, need, security, and production capacity of food in Sitka, AK. This data will inform stakeholders on effective steps to ensure food security and access.