Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation’s Behavioral Services team held a potlatch at the Camai House in Bethel last week, where they celebrated their new building and recognized people supporting the program.
YKHC Preventative Services’ department, Calricaraq, or “Living in Ultimate Purity,” acquired a building that will be dedicated to healthy living activities. To celebrate the new building named “Camai House,” they threw a potlatch. YKHC Behavioral Health employee Rose Dominick presented Behavioral Health Director Raymond Daw with a certificate of appreciation, recognizing his support for the Calricaraq program.
“We are also taking this offered time and opportunity to recognize our administrator at Behavioral Health, who really supports all the work, everything that we’re doing and we wanted to as staff and elders to demonstrate our appreciation, says Dominick
Afterwards, attendees shared a meal.
What’s special about Calricaaraq is that it aims to promote healthy living through culturally relevant programs based on teachings of Yup’ik elders in the region, Daw explains.
“YKHC Board of Directors, two and a half years ago, decided that YKHC would benefit from having a Prevention Department to help teach from the Yup’ik culture and the Yup’ik traditions, Yup’ik practices to living a healthy life here in Yukon Kuskokwim Region,” says Daw.
Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation is located in Bethel, Alaska.