Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium


‘Alaska Native values guide my work and life’

By Marleah Makpiaq LaBelle

Note: We love hearing from former staff and interns, and thought you might as well. Marleah LaBelle was an intern here in 2005-06.

I am a reflection of my family and ancestors. I am Sugpiaq and Iñupiaq and my ancestors called Alaska home for many generations.


Seven Tier 1 Awards Announced

For Immediate Release
Contact: Cassandra Stalzer, 907-334-0520

Anchorage, AK – Rasmuson Foundation announced that in the fourth quarter of 2015 it made seven Tier 1 awards for a total of $138,665. An alphabetized list of awards is attached. Past awards are also searchable online here.

Current Events

DHAT attracts Lower 48 trainees

Lower 48 communities and tribes have noticed the success of Alaska's Dental Health Therapist Program and they are following Alaska's lead. Read about it in this week's post.

Initiative News

Daring to dream

Rasmuson Foundation Vice Chair Cathryn Rasmuson delivered the keynote address at the 2013 Dental Health Aide Therapist (DHAT) Graduation and Transition Ceremony on June 6. The event was held at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in partnership with the University of Washington, MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Training Program and Yuut Elitnaurviat Dental Training Clinic in Bethel, Alaska. “Each of you are heroes. You’ve dared to dream. You’ve taken action. And you know that you are working as a team.”

Current Events

State of the RF address

Rasmuson Foundation President Diane Kaplan reports monthly to the Foundation’s board of directors on activities of the staff, of our nonprofit partners, and notable developments around the state. This post borrows from her report for a quick look at some recent events that we’ve had the pleasure to be involved with.

Grantee Updates

Welcome dental funders

This week we welcome visitors from around the country who are here to learn more about the Dental Health Aide Therapist (DHAT) program pioneered in Alaska to improve oral care in very rural communities.

Current Events

Convening health providers, charting a course

The landmark health care reform legislation passed earlier this year, formally known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009, encompasses a broad range of provisions that will touch, in some way, nearly all of us. Rasmuson Foundation has taken steps to initiate a conversation amongst the health care provider community about the implementation of health care reform. Alaskans can share in the experience via YouTube and Twitter. Learn more in the full post.

Grantseeking Tips

Funding partnerships

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Local Funding Partnership program is looking for Alaska partners with a vision to improve the health of the people in their communities. Are we in?

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