The 26th Annual Rural
Providers Conference comes to Kodiak next week, providing an opportunity for
members of rural communities to meet and learn from substance abuse service
providers and experts from across the state.
The annual conference, sponsored by
the Rural Alaska Community Action Program, or "Rural Cap," is being held in
Kodiak for the first time. The conference provides a forum where people from rural
communities can gather to celebrate the gains made in the statewide Native
sobriety movement, while learning new skills to cope with addiction. Iver Malutin,
an elders advocate at the Kodiak Area Native Association, which sponsors the
conference locally, said real attention was first drawn to alcoholism and drug
addiction in the Native community in Kodiak when KANA first began dealing with
health care for Natives. He said that in spite of the strides that have been
made, the substance abuse trend continues today, and that something needs to be
done about it.
1 28 sec. "That's when they started ... to be on the right track.")
conference will include workshops, or "talking circles," on what elders and youth
can learn from one another, the historical effects of substance abuse on Native
and rural communities and the Alaska Sobriety Movement, among other topics. Malutin
said roughly 400 substance abuse service providers from across the state will
attend the conference, which will feature a number of prominent keynote
speakers in the field.
2 32 sec. "Doug Modig will be on ... the top
tied alcoholism and drug abuse to suicide, which he said is a problem that
might be less prevalent in Kodiak than elsewhere in the state, but a problem
that needs to be addressed in rural communities nonetheless. He said
prevention is the key message of the conference.
3 24 sec. "All we are trying to talk about
... the other parts of Alaska.")
In addition to speeches,
presentations and talking circles, the conference will also feature other
events such as potlucks and dances, intended to give attendees the opportunity to
have fun, network and discuss the related issues of recovery and prevention.
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started on getting help.")
The Rural Providers'
Conference takes place June 1st through June 5th at Kodiak High
School. For more information or
to register for the conference, contact KANA or visit the Rural Alaska Community
Action Program's web site at rural cap dot com.