SEARHC CTG program awards community grants

September 30 2013

 SITKA, AK — The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Community Transformation Grant (CTG) program awarded small grants worth a total of $83,000 to five Southeast community groups so they can implement community-based wellness initiatives that make healthy living easier.

The grants were available to not-for-profit, community-based organizations, such as school programs, coalitions, and local and tribal governments in Southeast Alaska. The community organizations are required to strengthen organizational practices in nutrition, smoke-free air or physical activity that will continue well beyond the funded period. Twenty four applications were received and five awardees were chosen.

“We are excited to work with these groups as they take long lasting steps to make healthy living easier for their local community,” said Martha Pearson, CTG Program Manager for SEARHC.

The grants were awarded to these groups (note that descriptions only summarize some of the grant activities):

Hoonah Schools ($15,000): will initiate two, new, physical activity curricula that will improve access to physical activity for students and for the general community of Hoonah. The group will also establish an ongoing wellness advisory team for the school district

Angoon Schools ($15,000): will create a school based nutrition practice that builds on school garden and greenhouse resources. The students will complete educational units on horticulture and do the work in the garden as well. Ultimately, Angoon Schools will create a sustainable system that delivers fresh produce to the school and senior center meal programs

Sitka Conservation Society ($20,000): will continue to strengthen the Sitka “Fish to School” initiative that currently increases access to local fish for 1,500 Sitka students. They also will expand the model in the region by completing manuals and guidance for any community working to institutionalize local foods in school meals.

The Association for the Education of Young Children ($20,000): this Juneau based group will implement a nutrition curriculum for ~600 Headstart enrolled children in Juneau, Wrangell and Haines. The curriculum has a focus on growing edible greens and vegetables and is tailored for children aged 2-5

The Southeast Island School District - SISD ($13,000): will continue to build on its successful orchard project in Coffman Cove. SISD will expand the school garden and orchard effort to three more of the remote, Prince of Wales communities: Naukati, Thorne Bay and Kasaan reaching a total of 1,000 individuals. They will also collaborate with the community of Hydaburg to share resources and garden related curricula.

For more information, contact Martha Pearson at 966-8783 or marthap@searhc.org.