OVERVIEW OF PROGRAMS
APIA wellness programs support our communities to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. We encourage self-reliance, self-determination and community development. Our programs build on services & resources already in place. We strive for workable solutions to community health issues that are culturally relevant.
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES
APIA Behavioral Health staff can assist with phase of life, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Appointments are available via telehealth services or in person. APIA has behavioral health providers that offer the following services:
- Individual, family, and couples counseling
- Educational & Therapeutic Groups
- Alcohol and Drug Information School (ADIS)
- Psychological assessments
- Tele-behavioral health services
- Adult and Child Psychiatric Medication Evaluation and Medication Management through Contract Psychiatrist
- Tobacco cessation counseling and nicotine replacement therapy
HEALTH PROMOTION & DISEASE PREVENTION
Awareness and educational activities such as Red Ribbon Week, Annual Health Fairs, The Great American Smoke Out and American Diabetes Alert Day are held in communities. Local and Regional Wellness Gatherings are also part of our Wellness Programs.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION
Domestic Violence Prevention education outreach events such as providing education on healthy relationships; healing through activities and awareness campaigns are all part of this program.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION
Substance Abuse Prevention is an important piece of community wellness. In 2014, APIA partnered with other entities to hold a Substance Abuse Summit. Leaders from throughout the state attended and heard about the substance abuse issues in our region. Regular activities are taking place from the summit. In addition, APIA provides community education and outreach events centered on substance abuse prevention.
Suicide Prevention education and outreach events are part of our programs. Staff are safeTALK and Mental Health First Aide trained. Our on-call Behavioral Health staff can be reached at 907-359-2743. The Alaska Careline at 877-266-4357 is available anytime or text 4help to 839863 – 3-11pm Tues-Sat. For more information on the Careline go to http://carelinealaska.com/
TOBACCO PREVENTION & INTERVENTION PROGRAM
APIA’s tobacco prevention program provides community education regarding the health risks of tobacco use, connection to services and resources for quitting tobacco including counseling and nicotine replacement therapy such as patches and gum and national hotlines. APIA has Tobacco Treatment Specialists available for individual and group counseling. These specialists are available to help you when you are ready to quit.
Please click HERE to open our informational tobacco brochure
Please click HERE to get a referral to tobacco cessation services such as counseling or nicotine replacement therapy.
Please click HERE to connect to Alaska’s Tobacco Quitline
COMMUNITY WELLNESS ADVOCATES (CWA)
CWAs provide outreach and advocacy to the residents of Atka, Nikolski, St. George and Unalaska. They assist with wellness programs and offer assistance in completing applications for services such as Medicaid, Medicare, Elder Services and Denali Kid Care.
PATIENT ADVOCATE PROGRAM
Provides patients in the Anchorage area with advocacy and/or referral services that ensure their needs are being met. Local transportation for medical travel between the airport and Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) and, if available, between hotel and ANMC for appointments only. Please contact Max Lestenkof at 222-4223 for questions and scheduling.
Please provide your feedback on the wellness event you attended with APIA. Click HERE to complete the online survey. Thank you in advance for helping APIA refine our programming to best fit your community!
From left to right: Reign Galovin, Dr. Mike Livingston, Millie Prokopeuff, Dr. Cody Chipp, Dr. Tara Ford, Sue Unger, Kaelyn Quinn, Hertha Kashevarof, Delores Gregory, and Jake Chapman (not pictured April Arbuckle)
Tara Ford, Ph.D, Community Health Services Regional Administrator
Julia Sargent, Assistant Community Health Services Administrator,
April Arbuckle, Community Wellness Lead, Tobacco Treatment Specialist
Reign Galovin, Community Health Services Program Assistant
Sue Unger, M.S., Community Wellness Coordinator
Max Lestenkof, Patient Advocate
Cody Chipp, Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Delores Gregory, Behavioral Health Aide Trainee
Hertha Kashevarof, St. George Community Wellness Advocate
Millie Prokopeuff, Atka Community Wellness Advocate