We are #HealthyKodiak
Healthy Kodiak is the KANA Community Health Department's
community-centered health outreach and education initiative.
KANA's Community Health Department works closely with community partners to address community health needs.
KANA's commitment to improving the quality of life of the people we serve is reflected in its Healthy Kodiak initiative. Everything KANA's Community Health Department does is intended to promote the health and wellbeing of our community.
Our programs address socio-economic barriers to health and wellness such as challenges with education, economic circumstances, access to quality food, mental health, physical activity, and relationships.
We partner with the school district and other youth-focused organizations to provide health education and access to supportive adults for our youth. We support culturally based programs, family engagement activities, and resilience building through partnerships with local Tribal partners.
We raise awareness, provide training, and connect people to resources on topics such as substance use, harm reduction, suicide prevention, diabetes, injury prevention, violence prevention, bullying, communication, nutrition, food security, subsistence, physical activity, and more.
Under our Healthy Kodiak initiative, we partner with many organizations and individuals who share our vision of a Healthy Kodiak.
In 2018, Healthy Kodiak was a single-day event hosted by the Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA). At this event, our Island community was invited to come together to discuss and address our local health and wellness challenges. In 2019, we added hands-on sessions for participants to engage in activities that support health.
In 2020, the pandemic made it necessary to change how we safely engage with our community. As a result, Healthy Kodiak shifted from an annual event to a year-round community-focused initiative. We offered online contests, Zoom workshops, virtual outdoor challenges, and a variety of other socially distanced activities to encourage continued engagement.
Since the end of social distancing, Healthy Kodiak has resumed its robust offering of youth activities, health and wellness training opportunities, and public awareness campaigns. Visit the events page to see what current programs are running.
To bring our like-minded businesses, organizations, and individuals together to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors through fun activities, events, and educational opportunities that are accessible to all.
We believe that we all contribute to the health of our community, no matter age, cultural background, gender, employment, or economic status.
If that sounds like you or your organization, we invite you to get involved!