A gradual erosion of culture, connection and community has reversed, and what was washed away, grain by grain, as if by the lapping pull of receding waves, is rushing back in, not only replacing what’s been lost, but reaching a new high-water mark.
That mark is a substantial one, both in its 52,000-square-foot physical form — the Dena’ina Wellness Center in Kenai — and in what it represents for the tribe.
People pulled salmon from the Kenai River at its tributary Slikok Creek, to freeze and eat all winter long.
They learned about ecology and biology, culture and sociology, science and engineering.
He also makes appearances at various high-profile community events in Anchorage, along with Cummings and her associates dressed in bulbous, red, Nolan-related costumes.
“I do have a polyp costume, so I’m a polyp princess. So I ran with the reindeer last week, on Saturday, along with Doc Polyp and another polyp princess,” she said. There’s a group of them that were actually in the Fur Rondy parade with Nolan the Colon, waving. Screening is so important because there aren’t always signs and symptoms, and that’s the scary part.” Continue reading Photos by Patrice Kohl, for the Redoubt Reporter.
As a community mental health center, behavioral health services are open to the public.
By Jenny Neyman Redoubt Reporter Let’s just get the puns out of the way: The Southcentral Foundation and Dena’ina Health Center wasted no time eliminating misinformation about colorectal cancer on March 9, leaving curious visitors flush with information to digest. But when you’re traveling with a giant inflatable colon, a silly sense of humor is required. The 12-foot, inflatable, anatomical replica illustrates a healthy colon and the development of colorectal cancer, and gives information on how to prevent the disease.
Deb Nyquist, wellness director at the Dena’ina Wellness Center in Kenai, and Fridrick Gudmundsson, youth services clinician, talk about the Nolan the Colon display at the center March 9. Cummings brought the unusual teaching tool to the Kenaitze Tribe’s Kenai health facility March 9, as March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Over 1,000 people came through the facility during the two days of tours, presentations and festivities, Peterson-Nyren said.
“I think the response has been tremendous,” she said.
It’s coming back.” The building isn’t just a health clinic, nor was the motivation to construct it simply some tipping of an equation of funding and client base and service needs.