The position of the Native Connections Prevention Coordinator is funded through a five-year grant awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This federal grant is awarded to indigenous communities throughout the United States in a holistic approach to heal the historical scars that correlate to the disproportionate statistics of suicide and substance misuse among the American Indian and Alaskan Native demographic.
By reinforcing traditional Alaskan Native values of unconditional: generosity, kindness, patience, caring, respect and love we hope to build resilience through solidly anchoring young individuals to the community. The objective stands to aide in bridging the gap between generations. The goal of this position is to improve a sense of place and belonging among the youth through strengthening cultural ties to elders and community members. If you need to contact Native Connections Coordinator, Lucinda Ivanoff, you can reach her at 907-624-3622.