Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation boosts Camp Coho

Posted on February 7, 2012 in Events

One of the unique and powerful ways Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) helps provide better health, wellness and healing to the Alaska Native people we serve is by leading and supporting efforts like Camp Coho.

Camp Coho is a summer camp for Alaska Native children where they can honor the memory of a loved one who died from cancer or a traumatic death such as suicide. Children’s needs are sometimes overlooked as a family deals with illness or traumatic death, and there are few resources that help children understand their feelings. Camp Coho pairs 6-to-12-year-olds with “Big Buddies” who have also lost loved ones and lets campers interact with other children who have lost family members or friends. Camp Coho also provides fun activities based on national standards and the camp incorporates Alaska Native cultural values. You can watch a short video about Camp Coho and its impact by visiting here.

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ANTHC employees play many roles with Camp Coho, from facilitating to hosting to volunteering. And this year, ANTHC’s Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation’s (HANF), is making Camp Coho a special funding focus at its upcoming Raven’s Ball. The foundation will recognize anyone supporting Camp Coho during the Raven’s Ball paddle raise. The paddle raise can make a significant funding impact – the 2011 paddle raise brought in $36,400 for the Kids Wing at Alaska Native Medical Center.

You don’t have to attend the Raven’s Ball to make a difference for Camp Coho or in the foundation’s many initiatives to improve health care, wellness and prevention, and healthy village environments for Alaska Natives around our state. Give a gift or learn more about the foundation by emailing info@inspiringgoodhealth.org, or calling 729-5652.

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