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Community Health Aide Program forum brings together CHA/Ps from across Alaska

May 7, 2016

ANTHC’s Community Health Aide Program (CHAP) recently hosted their annual weeklong CHAP forum in Anchorage for Community Health Aides and Community Health Practitioners (CHA/Ps). The forum gives CHA/Ps the opportunity to connect with their peers from other regions, earn continuing education credits and celebrate at an awards luncheon that honors outstanding CHA/Ps. This year, 59 CHA/Ps from 16 Tribal health organizations attended the event, held April 25-29 at ANTHC’s Consortium Office Building.

During the forum, staff from the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center’s Wellness Strategies for Health Program coordinated an interactive session that focused on using policy, systems and environmental changes to promote physical activity, healthy eating, breastfeeding, tobacco cessation and prevention, health literacy and the management of chronic disease. CHA/Ps completed a variety of activities that included using the “Teach Back” method to improve communication with patients, assessing clinic hypertension screening and referral protocols, promoting tobacco-free workplaces, supporting breast-feeding, encouraging consumption of healthy food, and increasing opportunities for physical activity.

The Shining Star luncheon and award ceremony took place Tuesday, April 26. During the award ceremony, a proclamation signed by Governor Bill Walker was presented designating April 25-29 Community Health Aide, Community Health Practitioner, Dental Health Aide and Behavioral Health Aide Week.

The Shining Star award was presented to Sally Nukwak from Manokotak for her dedication, teamwork and exemplary patient care. Emerson Kvasnikoff from Chugachmiut was awarded the Rising Star award for his hard work and diligence. This year’s Outstanding Accomplishment award was presented to Julianna Anelon from Southcentral Foundation. Anelon was one of the CHP responders to a fatal plane crash at Iliamna Eastwind Lake last fall. She was very brave and helped to direct others assisting at the scene.

At the end of the award ceremony, there was a moment of silence to honor Irene Aukongak, for dedicating more than 25 years of excellent health care service to Norton Sound Health Corporation and Dr. Walter Johnson, for  dedicating more than 60 years of service to improving access to care in rural Alaska and his career-long contributions to the Community Health Aide Program.

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