ABOUT US

Our vision is that Ketchikan is a vibrant and healthy community that people choose to live in.

Ketchikan Wellness Coalition promotes community wellness through assessment and action.

The Ketchikan Wellness Coalition aims to increase the quality of life for Ketchikan’s residents.  We support initiatives that address all 8 dimensions of Wellness, which are represented in our logo.

Through our Task Forces, the coalition works to strengthen partnerships and efficiency by bridging service gaps and increasing existing services. We leverage the skills, knowledge, and assets of community members, organizations, businesses, and government to increase capacity and improve outcomes around key issues affecting Ketchikan and its residents.

The Ketchikan Wellness Coalition aims to increase the quality of life for Ketchikan’s residents.  We support initiatives that address all 8 dimensions of Wellness, which are represented in our logo.

Our vision is that Ketchikan is a vibrant and healthy community that people choose to live in.

Through our Task Forces, the coalition works to strengthen partnerships and efficiency by bridging service gaps and increasing existing services. We leverage the skills, knowledge, and assets of community members, organizations, businesses, and government to increase capacity and improve outcomes around key issues affecting Ketchikan and its residents.

Our Values

the KWC values shown: evidence-based, inclusive, collaborative, diversity, integrity, sustainability

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History

In 2007, the United Way of Southeast Alaska released the Compass II survey, a comprehensive assessment addressing a wide array of health issues that detailed data related to Ketchikan collected through interviews, surveys, and focus groups. As a result of the findings, a group of individuals, led by Karen Eakes, identified the need for tangible and collaborative action to address the most pressing issues around health and wellness. This group met once a month for a year, developing a strategic plan and outlining the vision of the organization: “Establish Ketchikan as a vibrant community that people choose to live in and move to” and determining the mission statement: “Promote community wellness through assessment and action.” This group became the Steering Committee (Board) of the “Ketchikan Wellness Coalition”, an organization dedicated to addressing the needs identified in the Compass II Assessment and other community needs identified through future assessments.  This organization became a formal 501(c)3 in April 2010.

Five task forces were initially assembled: Empowering Youth, The Cost of Substance Abuse, Strengthening Cultural Unity, Uniting Around Life’s Challenges, and A Diverse Year-Round Economy. During the next year, two additional task forces joined the KWC: Promoting Respectful Relationships and Suicide Prevention Education and Awareness in Ketchikan (SPEAK). In November of 2012, the Tongass Community Food Alliance was added as the eighth task force.

Since the first early years task forces have developed in response to needs or have ended once goals have been accomplished or the work/programs transitioned to a permanent home in another organization. The Ketchikan Wellness Coalition remains an umbrella organization committed to supporting community action, utilizing the Task Force coalition model, to address issues and needs that are identified through community assessments.

The organization and task forces are funded in part by grants from the City of Ketchikan, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, individuals, foundations and community grants, corporate sponsors, KWC membership, the Federal Government, and the State of Alaska.

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GET INVOLVED

Donate

You can donate to a specific initiative or as a general donation. These generous donations allow us to continue doing the work we do supporting health and wellness activities. Find out more…

Join a Task Force

Have an issue you care about and want to make a difference? Join an active Task Force or start your own! 

Become a Member

Members are the foundation of our Coalition. Everyone can become a member of the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition and actively support our efforts around wellness and health.

Join our Board

Be a leader for the community and contribute your skills, experience, and knowledge to help us reach our strategic goals!

Support our efforts

Everyone can become a member of the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition and actively support our efforts around wellness and health.