Elsie Bergman

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MARLA:  And how did you become a health aide or get involved with the Health Aide Program? 

ELSIE:  I wanted to help people.  I guess I wanted to help like who's -- who needs help or who look -- who is elder.  That's how I started. 

And I stayed with my aunty and she had an elder that needed help at home, she was taking care of her, and that's how I started.  I helped along with her.

MARLA:  So that was the first two years you said that you was -- you started as a health aide and in '69? 

ELSIE:  Uh-hum. 

MARLA:  And that you didn't go to your first training until '71? 

ELSIE:  Uh-hum (affirmative).

MARLA:  So who helped you those first two years? 

ELSIE:  Bertha. 

MARLA:  Bertha. 

ELSIE:  Bertha Moses.  Bertha.  That was when the radio, we had the radio in her house. 

MARLA:  The satellite radio?

ELSIE:  The satellite radio at her house.  And they moved it to the Mission, Old Mission House. 

MARLA:  And then when did the clinic open here? 

ELSIE:  1978. 

MARLA:  So where did you work out of until then? 

ELSIE:  '72, I think.  I worked out of Bertha's house.  That was when about Bertha started.  And that was with the satellite. 

MARLA:  Oh. 

ELSIE:  And then out at the Mission House with the satellite, and we worked out of there. 

MARLA:  Out of the Mission House? 

ELSIE:  Uh-hum (affirmative). 

MARLA:  And people came to you for immunizations or for problems or --

ELSIE:  Uh-hum (affirmative).

MARLA:  Or did you have to go to their house? 

ELSIE:  We have to let them come first and we put our stuff.  But most we let them get it when they are at the -- when doctors come. 

MARLA:  And how often do the doctors come? 

ELSIE:  About every month. 

MARLA:  Oh.  Every month? 

ELSIE:  Uh-hum.  Yeah.

MARLA:  And were there some doctors that stand out in your mind as being helpful or anybody who sticks out in your mind? 

ELSIE:  Dr. James. 

MARLA:  Dr. James?  And then were you communicating to Tanana? 

ELSIE:  Tanana first, uh-hum. 

MARLA:  Yeah. 

ELSIE:  Yeah, that was from when we was having the clinic in Bertha's and at the Mission. 

MARLA:  Right. 

ELSIE:  Uh-hum (affirmative).  Then we sent patients out by the plane if we needed to. 

MARLA:  They needed to be medevaced? 

ELSIE:  Uh-hum (affirmative).  No medevacs at that time, we just put them on the plane.  And on the medevac plane.