Tribal Gathering XX concludes

Story by – YKHC Public Relations

April 5, 2013 - 1 minute read
Jean Simon, Clinical Facilities Manager for YKHC, works with representatives from tundra villages (Unit 6) to determine health care priorities.

YKHC’s 20th Tribal Unity Gathering ended Thursday, April 4 with representatives from throughout the YK Delta casting votes for their top health care priorities for the coming year. Results are still being analyzed and will be reported on the website next week.

The Gathering started off Tuesday, April 2 with a full day of presentations from our Behavioral Health Services. Nearly 80 delegates attending from our regional villages learned how to access emergency respite services, what kinds of counseling services are available, and how our various facilities and programs are able to help people with behavioral health needs.

This year the Gathering was expanded to three full days to include the Behavioral Health reports as well as administrative and program reports on regional health status, our new skilled nursing facility and Prematernal Home, immunizations, pneumonia and much more.

Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich addressed the gathering, and a video teleconference connected the crowd with Juneau legislators Senators Lyman Hoffman and Gary Stevens as well as area representatives Bob Herron and Bryce Edgmon.

On the third day of the conference, delegates got down to the business of determining their health care priorities for the coming year.

YKHC Public Relations wishes to extend a big thank you to our delegate representatives and to all the employees who volunteered to help out!