Floating health fair provides health services to Prince William Sound communities
What could be more Alaskan than a floating health and safety fair? For the past 21 years, a floating fair has brought basic health screenings plus much more to the Prince William Sound communities of Tatitlek and Chenega Bay. This year's fair, from April 28 to May 3, included health and wellness events for the community, plus hearing, vision and development checkups for children and information for all on nutrition, healthy relationships, tobacco prevention, healthy lifestyles and more.
Valdez Public Health Nurse Terri Lynch helped organize and participated in the fair along with many other supporters and sponsors including Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, Edison Chouest Offshore Alaska, Tatitlek Community School, Chenega Bay School, Chugachmiut, UAA ISU Doctor of Pharmacy Program, Providence Health & Services Alaska/Providence Valdez Medical Center, Advocates for Victims of Violence and more. The health team was transported from Valdez to the two villages by Edison Chouest Offshore’s utility tug Ross Chouest.
As Kate Dugan, Alyeska’s Valdez communications manager, explains: “The Prince William Sound Traveling Health Fair is the culmination of months of careful planning and preparation by Alyeska staff, contractors and community partners. It was special to make the trip for the first time with Edison Chouest Offshore and the terrific crew aboard the Ross Chouest. The event is always an adventure and this year was no exception.”
Thanks to all who made this year's event a success and for helping to support these Prince William Sound communities in good health and resiliency!
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