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YKHC Tobacco Prevention VISTA (Bethel, AK)

Company: Americorps
Location: Anchorage
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Job Description:

YKHC Tobacco Prevention VISTA (Bethel, AK)

This VISTA member will be serving with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC) in Bethel, Alaska. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is a privately owned, non-profit 501(c)(3) tribal health organization with a board of elected members representing various tribal communities within the region. The southwest region is comprised of 58 federally recognized tribes from 48 village locations ranging in population size of 28 to 1,133 residents. The urgent need for additional resources and tobacco prevention activities in the YK Delta are clear with 41% of Alaska Native adults using tobacco products. The YK Delta also has some of the highest poverty and unemployment rates in the country. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death, and has been strongly linked with several forms of cancer. The 2014 Surgeon General's Report on the Health Consequences of Smoking estimated that the number of premature deaths attributed to smoking and secondhand smoke exposure exceeded 20 million in the last five decades. A successful effort to reduce youth initiation of tobacco and adult use of tobacco in the region will reduce costs (both direct and indirect) associated with tobacco use in low income households across the region. Further help on this page can be found by clicking here.

Member Duties : The VISTA member help YKHC break the cycle of poverty by developing successful efforts to reduce youth initiation of tobacco and adult use of tobacco in the region which will reduce costs (both direct and indirect) associated with tobacco use in low income households across the region. Member will develop an alternative to the suspension program for youth violating school district tobacco free policies. The VISTA member will create a culturally relevant K-12 tobacco prevention curriculum and campaign that promotes the YK regional "This is Quitting" program. Other projects will include establishing and supporting youth tobacco prevention leadership opportunities for low income youth.

Program Benefits : Training , Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend , Living Allowance , Health Coverage* , Education award upon successful completion of service , Stipend , Relocation Allowance .

Terms :

Permits working at another job during off hours , Permits attendance at school during off hours .

Service Areas :

Community Outreach , Children/Youth , Health , Education , Tribal , Community and Economic Development .

Skills :

Communications , Leadership , Public Health , Team Work , Youth Development , Education , Community Organization , General Skills .

Keywords: Americorps, Anchorage , YKHC Tobacco Prevention VISTA (Bethel, AK), Other , Anchorage, Alaska

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