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Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation (BBAHC)

Program Type: Local Effort - Programs and/or activities that have not been evaluated but are identified by local programs as producing positive results.

The BBAHC developed a bicycle/helmet program in May 2007 after visiting the village of Goodnews Bay, AK. The village council was providing helmets to students, but many students did not have bikes to ride. The Diabetes Program decided to see how many students within Bristol Bay did not have a bike or a functioning bike. Diabetes funds were used to purchase 877 bikes and >1000 helmets. Tribal village councils, Community Health Aides and Tribal Children’s Social Workers assisted in compiling a list of students among the 27 villages that participated. Bicycles were ordered based on student’s height and helmets ordered based on students head circumference.

: BBAHC, Injury Prevention Department. Diabetes Program worked with Mary Clark in providing bike safety and helmet use during her village trips.

No cost to participate. Required to have height, weight and head circumference taken. Signed a bike agreement upon receiving the bike/helmet…agreeing to take care of the bike, wear the helmet, ride on right side of the road, wear reflector tape, learn how to signal while riding and to attend bike safety class when offered in the community.

Age Group(s):
Toddlers, Children, Adolescents

Site Type(s):

Health Indicator(s):
Injury Prevention

Service Area:

Violence against women


Name: Lois Schumacher, APRN, BC-ADM, Diabetes Program Coordinator
Site or Location Name: Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation (BBAHC)
Box 130 6000 Kanakanak Rd
Dillingham, AK 99576
Phone: 907-842-9293