Health and Human Services


New grants for therapeutic court, historic barn and more

A therapeutic court for Mat-Su families in crisis, a new roof for a Fairbanks homeless shelter and a portable health clinic for the eroding Northwest Alaska village of Kivalina were among 16 projects recently approved by the Rasmuson Foundation Board of Directors.

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

Time is now to address alcohol impacts

Lifelong Fairbanksan and Rasmuson Board member Jeff Cook cares a lot about the health of his community. That's why he lauds “Paths to Recovery: Solving Alaska’s alcohol problem,” a series of articles produced through the partnership of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and Recover Alaska. Read his post.

Grantee Stories

Little Mikey

The Glory Hole shelter is a grungy, heartbreaking window into a reality we often ignore. There are people and stories here that lay bare all the ugliness the world has to offer; but more than that, you will find raw, palpable good.

Current Events

Safe children, a community value

The most important natural resource in Alaska is a safe and healthy child. Alaska has one of the highest rates of child abuse and neglect in the country, and it is within our power to change. In today's post, Alaska Children's Trust Executive Director Trevor Storrs reminds us that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and shares how all of us can pull together to improve the status of Alaska's children.

Current Events

Just a Monday

Just like every Monday, lunch was ready and the food looked great. Except on this day, after eight years of serving lunch on Mondays, something struck a chord for Sandra Miller, Rasmuson Foundation's executive assistant and board liaison. Learn more in today's post.

Current Events

The best friend you may not know

Mention Jack Murdock in Alaska and you might get a blank stare. Or confusion with that other Murdoch, media mogul Rupert. Yet since 1975, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has provided nearly $36 million to Alaska organizations. In this post, we share a little about this friend, and how his connections to Alaska continue to have an impact.

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