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Weekly News & Updates

Dear KANA Supporter,

Quyanaasinaq for your support of our vision to create the best quality of care for all people on Kodiak Island. Guided by courtesy, respect, pride, caring, sharing, and our Native Sugpiaq Alutiiq values, KANA strives to elevate the quality of life for all we serve through the provision of excellent health and social services throughout the Koniag Region.

As an important partner in our community's health, we hope you find this information useful and relevant, and will share our progress and achievements with others in your community. Please reply to this email with any questions or comments; we appreciate your input and look forward to hearing from you.

This Week's News & Updates Include:

 

   -  50th Anniversary Video Celebrates Service to Our People
 
   -  Have You Signed up for Your myANMC Patient Portal? 
  
   -  Step It Up! Join the Challenge to Walk for Health
   -  Stay Warm and Save Energy: Home Energy Saving Tips 

50th Anniversary Video Celebrates Service to Our People

Click here to watch KANA's 50th Anniversary video
As KANA celebrates 50 years of service to our people, we look back with pride on how we've grown. Since the signing of the Articles of Incorporation, KANA has grown into a nationally-recognized, accredited health care and social sciences organization. We are committed to ensuring that our community remains a vital and healthy place, and to elevating the quality of life of the people we serve.
 

Have You Signed Up for Your myANMC Patient Portal?

KANA provides secure, online access to personal health records for through the myANMC Patient Portal - an online health management tool for our patients provided by Cerner and the Alaska Native Medical Center. The Patient Portal allows you to access your account at any time and from any location. Patient information is HIPPA compliant and provides you with the ability to securely view, store and share your health information.

We invite you to spend a few moments exploring the Patient Portal this week. myANMC plays a key role in improving access to care and allowing you to take a proactive role in tracking your laboratory or imagining tests, communicating with your Care Team, and more. Precise data, available to you anywhere and anytime, for every health and wellness need.
myANMC allows you to view:
  • future appointments
  • secure communications with your Care Team
  • a clinical record summary (current medications, allergies, immunizations, health issues, surgeries, and procedures)
  • limited lab results (potentially excluding sensitive test results or results that may require further discussion with your Provider)
  • limited personal information
  • a clinical document generator (a snapshot of medical information for a single visit or all visits)
To get started, request an account set up from our Medical Front Desk staff by calling 486-9870 or 486-7300. You will be asked to provide an email address and a self-identifying answer to get you into the system. The self-identifier is your choice of zip code, last 4 digits of your SSN, or the year you graduated from high school, and will act as a temporary password for your myANMC account. Once logged in, you will be prompted to choose a new password of your own.

We also have an updated myANMC handout available to walk you through the process, show you how to make appointments, check your secure messages, and view your health records.

Step It Up! Join the Challenge to Walk for Health through October 26th

There are many reasons to take a walk. We may walk to school, to work, or even to our places of worship. We may walk to help us think better and relieve stress. Often, we may take a stroll in order to spend quality time with the people and the pets we love most. And, throughout history, we’ve walked and marched in order to make our voices heard and our presence felt.

Join the KANA Wellness Center's challenge to walk your way to better health by taking the Surgeon General's Challenge to Step It Up! through October 26th. Carving out just 22 minutes a day on average or 2 ½ hours a week for physical activity, like brisk walking, can do wonders for your overall health.

Step It Up! focuses on promoting optimal health before disease occurs in all ages and stages of life. Robust scientific evidence shows that physical activity is critical for both preventing and treating many of the chronic conditions we face today. Being physically active is one of the most important ways to improve health and well-being throughout our lives.

The goal is for each one of us to recognize and embrace our role in building a great community, as a place where being healthy and physically active is not only easier but also more engaging and fun. Find ways to make walking a part of your daily routine and invite friends, family, and colleagues to join you. 

Walking for better health may seem simplistic, but sometimes the most important things we can do are also the easiest and the most obvious. It’s time to step it up! The journey to better health begins with a single step.

Stay Warm and Save Energy - Home Energy Saving Tips

The winter months in Alaska come with more hours of darkness and cold, and harsh weather conditions that can be tough on your home. It can be challenging to stay warm and protected from the elements. Taking steps towards conversations can help you not only keep warm as winter approaches, but save money by reducing the use of energy.

WINTER ENERGY TIP #1: CHECK YOUR AIR VENTS AND RADIATORS
Air circulation is key to making sure your home gets properly heated in the winter time. Make sure vents and radiators aren’t being blocked by furniture or drapes. Blocked vents and radiators not only keep the warm air from getting into your house, but they could potentially be fire hazards. Also be sure to clean out your baseboard units of dirt and dust that may have accumulated as it can restrict the flow of warm air into your rooms.

WINTER ENERGY TIP #2: WEATHERIZE YOUR DOORS AND WINDOWS
One of the toughest things to overcome when heating your home is air leakage. Air leaks through the door seals, around window frames, electrical outlets and light switches. Make sure any cracks or gaps around your doors and windows are properly sealed to keep cold air from getting into your house. You can use caulking to seal the window frames and general purpose weather stripping around your doors. Also consider door draft guards to slide under doors.

WINTER ENERGY TIP #3: SAVE ELECTRICITY COSTS BY TURNING OFF LIGHTS 
During the darker winter months, we tend to keep the lights on for longer periods of time. It can become habit to turn more lights on than needed and forget to turn them off. Be mindful of where you are using lights and be active in turning anything off that you don’t need. You can also replace the bulbs in your most frequently used rooms with more energy efficient bulbs such as light emitting diode (LED) bulbs or install occupancy sensors which will automatically shut off lights if you are not actively in the space.
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