The Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA) is requesting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Supporting Tribal Public Health Capacity in Coronavirus Preparedness and Response funding for the Kodiak region. KANA?s purpose through this funding opportunity is to increase laboratory capacity and support our first responders in primarily Alaska Native villages due to COVID-19 response in the Kodiak region.Kodiak Island is a 100-mile long island on the south coast of Alaska, separated from the Alaska mainland by the roughly 30-mile wide Shelikof Strait; it is surrounded by smaller islands of various sizes in the Kodiak Archipelago. KANA provides comprehensive services to Alaska Native/American Indian (AN/AI) residents in the Kodiak region, and operates through resolutions from nine regional Tribal Governments under P.L. 93-638, the Indian Self-Determination Act. KANA provides primary medical, dental, and behavioral health services, as well as wrap-around services to families who struggle for resources to all AN/AI population of Kodiak and the surrounding villages. For the proposed project, KANA?s tribal population includes approximately 2,200 AN/AI patients, including the primarily Alaska Native villages, as well as our non-AN/AI patients. KANA anticipates providing medical, dental, and/or behavioral health services to over 4,300 patients during the next year. The proposed activities will increase KANA?s laboratory capacity to provide COVID-19 testing and other related laboratory activities. Additionally, the primarily Alaska Native villages will benefit from the itinerant Community Health Aide/Practitioner (CHA/P) to assist in ensuring our resident CHA/Ps do not burn out during this time with increased workload due to COVID-19. KANA also proposes to provide distance EMS training to the surrounding villages due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions.KANA anticipates the following outcomes from the proposed activities: (1) increase laborat
ory capacity through increased staffing associated with testing and other laboratory activities; (2) provide improved countermeasures and mitigation through relief of village medical providers due to increased duties resulting from COVID-19 infection control, management and distribution of medical materiel, as well as coordination with healthcare systems; and (3) provide emergency operations and coordination, such as ensuring continuity of operations plans and procurement of supplies and equipment through providing telehealth EMS trainings to village first responders.