Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 4:07 PM on Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Cultural component added

This is to send a big thank you to Homer Foundation, from the MAPP workgroup on Addressing Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence. Through the Homer Foundations generosity in providing travel funds, we have been able to add an Alaskan cultural component to an evidence-based integrated assessment tool, a strategy identified by our workgroup to address these priority issues identified in our 2009 Health Assessment.

With these funds, Homer Foundation created the opportunity for me to travel with Linda Chamberlain, director of the AK Family Violence Project, and Bonnie Betley of Homer Public Health, to visit Port Graham, Nanwalek, Ninilchik and Nikolaevsk for interviewing residents to incorporate their input regarding word choices. The tool will foster improved interviewing skills and increased regional awareness of these vital issues: depression, domestic violence and substance abuse.

Thank you for supporting our local collaboration for improved cultural literacy and risk reduction in our communities.

Sharon Whytal, RN

MAPP of the Southern Kenai Peninsula Communities


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