Many of Akima’s shareholders reside in the NANA Region, a highly rural region of northwest Alaska hit hard by stresses from the global COVID crisis. Even with zero diagnosed COVID cases, the region has experienced extreme hardship through soaring unemployment, supply and transportation challenges, increased mental health issues, and lack of healthcare-related resources. In addition to the sanitation challenges of no running water in some villages, air travel (the main conduit of food and material supplies) has been sharply curtailed. Many have grave concerns about people’s health and safety if the coronavirus spreads, due to the region’s remoteness and healthcare capacity. Although there is a larger health center in Kotzebue, most villages rely on a clinic staffed by a community health aide practitioner (professionals with EMT-level training).
Among the most at-risk in these communities are the elders, who have higher rates of underlying conditions and often live in close quarters with family. Elders also rely on their families and communities for access to food, supplies, and healthcare. Our dollars will help provide for Elder Care Kits (self-monitoring kits that contain a thermometer, a pulse oximeter, hand sanitizer, information cards, and other items to support in-home monitoring) for delivery by the Maniilaq Association. As the region braces for a possible outbreak, these kits will help ensure that native elders can effectively self-monitor — and know when to get help if they need it.
Let’s reach out to show NANA’s communities that we care! Show your support by helping raise funds for Elder Care Kits through the Maniilaq Association. Akima will match employee donations. Help us meet our donation goal of $25,000!
Timeline: Now through May 8, 2020
Match: Akima will match employee donations
Through the pandemic, Akima will work to keep you informed about how the region’s residents are doing. Stay tuned here for updates, and please us help spread the word about our efforts to “reach north” to support the NANA region.