The Gakona Healthy Homes Project, led by the Native Village of Gakona, will provide comprehensive healthy homes intervention services including assessment and remediation of 8 homes in the community. The primary purpose of the project is to improve the quality of life, health, and safety of homeowners within the Native Village of Gakona.
The Native Village of Gakona is located at the confluence of the Copper and Gakona Rivers in the Ahtna region of Alaska. Gakona means Rabbit River. The community vision is to live health-conscious lifestyles including active participation in subsistence activities, a healthy diet, and access to reliable health care. Homes should have reasonable heating costs, proper ventilation, and potable water. In keeping with these goals, the Native Village of Gakona initiated this project to remediate 8 homes in the community.
Project staff will identify hazards in the homes through comprehensive surveys. This data will inform a remediation plan that will be carried out in conjunction with training of local remediation crew members. The project will also include an outreach component for the entire community.
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