Dillingham Community Resource Guide
Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation
Kanakanak Hospital
6000 Kanakanak Road
P.O. Box 130
Dillingham, AK 99576
Phone: 907-842-5201 | Toll-Free: 1-800-478-5201 | Fax: 907-842-9409

The Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation (BBAHC) provides health care for the Bristol Bay Region. Its Community Health Aides provide continuing primary health care and emergency medical services in the villages. Health Aides provide preventive and health surveillance services to include prenatal care, well child exams, and school age fluoride treatments. Patients who require further treatment are referred to the health corporation’s Kanakanak Hospital. Kanakanak Hospital is a 16 bed facility that serves patients of all ages in the area of medical care, pediatrics, obstetrics, well baby, out-patients, skilled and observational beds, swing beds, home health, community health, infant learning, maternal-child health, emergency room, WIC, mental health, and drug and alcohol services. Ancillary support services include: audiology, dental, diabetes, laboratory, medevac, optometry, radiology, social services, and specialty clinics. Patients requiring care not provided at Kanakanak are referred to other regional medical facilities including Alaska Native Medical Center for those that are of Native descent. BBAHC offers complete medical services including inpatient and outpatient care, 24 hour Emergency Room and Medivac, Optometry, Dental, Prenatal care, Prescriptions and Laboratory services.

842-5266 After hours: 842-5354
1-800-478-5201, ext 5266
Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Emergency services/crisis intervention is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. After hours calls are dispatched to Counselors through the Dillingham Police Department or Counselors can be reached through Kanakanak Hospital.

The BBAHC Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Program offers a wide variety of services. Provides community education upon request, including the B.A.B.E.S. Program for children. Also provides resource materials, including video/audio tapes. Services are also provided at Jake’s Place, a 12-bed residential facility available for those clients who are assessed as needing more structured, intensive treatment. Located next to Kanakanak Hospital. Walk-ins are welcome.

Program services include:

Assessment and Evaluation: Assessments and Evaluations are done at the request of the client or a referring agency.

Intensive Outpatient Counseling: This is a group counseling service, 3 hours long, 5 nights per week, for five weeks.

Outpatient Counseling: One on one counseling sessions, usually one hour long for 8-12 weeks, followed by 3-6 months of Aftercare. Total program requires about one year.

Aftercare Program: Aftercare is a group meeting. Sessions are 2 hours long, once a week.

Transitional Care: For people on their way to treatment, returning from treatment, or village residents enrolled in the Intensive Outpatient Program.

Residential Care: This new program provides supervised living for clients waiting to go to and returning from inpatient treatment outside the region.

Follow-up: Contacts are designed to assist clients with ongoing sobriety issues.

Freddy’s Social Detox: 5-bed unit attached to Jake’s providing early intervention and structured support following treatment. Provides intensive services for chronic alcoholics early in their recovery.

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings
Alcoholics Anonymous is a self-help/support group, meeting at the Alano Club. Doors open every night at 7:30 p.m. Meetings run from 8:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Specialized meetings include:

Monday 7:30 p.m. – Open Discussion

Tuesday Noon – Open Discussion
7:30 p.m. – Open Discussion

Wednesday 7:30 p.m. – Big Book Study

Thursday Noon – Non-Smoking Open Discussion
7:30 p.m. – Open Discussion

Friday 7:30 p.m. – Open Discussion

Saturday 2:00 p.m. – Women Only Open Discussion
7:30 p.m. – Non-Smoking Open Discussion
9:00 p.m. – Step Study

Sunday 5:00 p.m. – Quyana Tik’Que: Women Only Non-Smoking Open Discussion
7:30 p.m. - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions

Bristol Bay Counseling Center
Phone: (907) 842-1230 or 1-800-510-1230
Fax: 842-5174 or 1-800-842-3875
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

Counseling and support services available for: Individuals, Families, Groups, Children, Teenagers, Adults, and Elders.

Depression * Anxiety * Stress * Fears * Phobias * Interpersonal Conflicts * Parenting
Grief * Divorce * Communication * Aging * Worry * Work

Bristol Bay Counseling Center staff brings a variety of skills, education and techniques to the center and offer psychotherapy, counseling, case management and life skills training. Village based workers provide on-site services with support from office staff.

The Bristol Bay Counseling Center offers a variety of services to all villages in the Bristol Bay area, including:

Emergency Services – Outreach, crisis intervention, and referrals are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to all of the Bristol Bay area. After-hours and weekend emergency calls are dispatched to counselors by Dillingham Police at (907) 842-5354.

Outpatient Services – Individual, couple, family, group counseling and psychotherapy is available for adults, children and adolescents throughout Bristol Bay. Consultation and evaluation services are available to schools, hospitals, court systems, and social service agencies.

Psychiatric Services – Psychiatric assessments and evaluations are available by appointment only. Call the Counseling Center office for scheduling of intake and appointments.

Child and Adolescent Services – Offers crisis intervention, individual, family and group therapy to children and adolescents with various emotional and behavioral difficulties. Consultation services and presentations on specific mental health services to children and adolescents are also available.
Prevention and Education – The Counseling Center offers various prevention and education programs to all villages of the Bristol Bay region, by request. For information and scheduling call the office.

Community Support Services – Specialized outpatient and residential services provided to adults with chronic mental illness.

Village Outreach & Counseling Services - Outreach counseling, referral and case management services are available in the village through Family Service Workers and during itinerant village travel by clinical staff in the regional office. Call for current travel schedules.

Male Awareness Program – This is a 24-session anger control program aimed at preventing men’s violence towards women.

Natural Helper Program – A peer helper program for high and middle school students available to communities by request. Funding limits may apply.

Community Development – Services are available to all communities in Bristol Bay by request.

Suicide Prevention/Education – Available throughout Bristol Bay to communities, schools, or groups by request.

Critical Incident Stress Debriefing – Debriefing services for first responders to a traumatic incident.

“Our House” – A short-term crisis/respite center for individuals suffering with chronic or persistent mental illness. Clients receive comprehensive assistance.

Fees: On a sliding scale based on income, no person will be denied services due to lack of funds.

Confidentiality: Information is released only with written client consent.

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Works with individuals and agencies to promote healthy lifestyles especially targeting youth, promoting traditional cultural activities and including elders in Dillingham services.

Prevention activities include: alternative healthy activities for youth, alcohol/drug free dances, family movie nights, and supplying helmets to the community at cost. Cultural activities include: preservation of native dance, traditional arts and crafts, and subsistence and traditional foods.

Helps coordinate services with other programs, such as: Healthy Hearts program, youth access to tobacco prevention and cessation, Search and Rescue and Dillingham Snowmobile Association.

Provides dental exams, cleaning, oral hygiene education and dental work.

Diabetes Educator 842-9293 Dietitian 842-9579
The BBAHC Diabetes Prevention / Lifestyle Change program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association. The program provides diabetes self-management education and follow-up care. A full-time dietitian and certified diabetes educator are on staff. The ANMC Diabetes program visits annually. Program services include: Free blood sugar testing, Nutrition counseling for all ages with or without diabetes, high blood pressure, overweight, or heart disease, "Walk to be fit" walking program, the "Jump for health" jump rope activity program for kids, community visits to schools and adult classes on diabetes and nutrition, Youth Sports funding program-funding youth sports equipment, Aerobics program and aerobics instructor training, and RPM (Rural People In Motion) walking/running club and so much more.

Addresses a wide range of nutrition issues. Conducts nutrition training for health care providers and individuals on: weight control, feeding, food preparation, diabetes, nutrition and special diets. The Dietary Program is a WIC vendor for specialty formulas.

842-3396 Toll-Free 1-888-792-2242 Fax 842-3406

Environmental Health provides community-based environmental health services including water, liquid waste and solid waste, village clinic and Head Start surveys and rabies prevention services.

Injury Prevention provides numerous classes ranging from water safety, firearm safety, snowmobile safety, and outdoor survival. Drinking water lab open Mon through Wed.

The Health Education Program consists of three components: 1. The WIC program provides foods and nutrition education to children under 5 as well as pregnant, breastfeeding, and post-partum women. Additionally, the WIC program supports breastfeeding by a pump loan program. 2. The Community Health Representative program has eight staff in various villages who educate the community on a variety of health education topics. 3. The currently developing Comprehensive Nicotine Dependence Treatment program. A Resource Library is also available with a variety of videos, posters, pamphlets and books. In addition, a blender, skillets, and a number of bread machines are available to schools and childcare programs to be loaned for nutrition education purposes.

842-3398 Toll-Free 1-888-792-2242 Fax: 842-3406
The focus of ILP is on children, birth to 3 years old, who may experience a developmental delay. A delay in growth may occur in areas like: rolling over, sitting up, reaching for toys, holding toys, crawling, walking, making sounds and talking. Referrals may be made to BBAHC. For more information, contact Sarah Andrew, ILP Coordinator/Teacher.

Provides prenatal, well woman and infant health care.

Provides vision screening and glasses.


For patients who are not in need of hospitalization but are homebound with a medical condition and in need of skilled RN care, such as dressing wounds and monitoring medications. For more information contact BBAHC Home Health.

Part of Home Health Care Program. Call for information.

Provides referrals to appropriate agencies for patients. The department also assists with adaptive equipment, advocating for patients needs with medical staff, securing prior authorization for medical travel and crisis intervention, and supportive counseling.

Services provided for patients who have been hospitalized and need time for rehabilitation. Swing Bed only if ordered by physician and patient qualifies. Contact BBAHC Inpatient Nursing Manager.

The WIC supplement food program provides nutritious foods and nutrition education to pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and children up to age five who meet income and nutritional needs eligibility requirements.