Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
4000 Ambassador Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508-5909
The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) is a not-for-profit tribal health organization that aims to provide high quality health services for underserved Native populations through strategic partnerships with community members and the Alaska Tribal Health System. Created in December 1997 (to manage statewide health services for Alaska Natives), all persons of Alaska Native descent own the Consortium through their respective tribal governments and regional nonprofit organizations. ANTHC employs approximately 2,000 people and has an operating budget of more than $430 million. Emphasizing the importance of health prevention, ANTCH supports a variety of community and environmental health initiatives to combat health disparities.
Grant Project Information
Yagheli ch’tsizlan Program (YCP) (translation: “We are Getting Healthier”)
Length of Project: 9/1/12-8/31/17
Annual Funding Level: $190,000
Project Director: Ellen M. Provost, DO, MPH
(907) 729-4567 (Phone)
Alaska Native (AN) populations disproportionately experience poorer health than their white counterparts. For example, across age, the mortality rate for the AN population in the U.S. is 33.1 percent higher than U.S. whites (2010 Census). Additionally, vast disparities regarding leading causes of death commonly pertain to cancer, heart disease, unintentional injuries, suicide, and alcohol abuse. A variety of factors exacerbate these poor health conditions, including disparities in access to health services, clinical preventive services, maternal-child health indicators, nutrition, and obesity. Furthermore, Alaskan residents experience unique geographic (e.g. residing in remote areas that lack substantial road systems), socioeconomic (e.g. residing in homes that lack running water or piped sewer services), and lifestyle (e.g. exposure to secondhand smoke) risk factors that create barriers to a healthy lifestyle.
The purpose of the project is to combat disparities through four key areas:
- Improving cultural competency for Tribal epidemiology Center staff;
- Influencing health disparities awareness through collecting, managing, and disseminating health data;
- Enhancing coordination and utilization of research and outcome evaluations by developing collaborative projects to enhance programs that address health disparities; and
- Addressing underrepresentation of AN persons in health fields by facilitating training and career development that create a pipeline into health or biomedical careers for tribal members.
The Alaska Native Health Disparities Program plans to comprehensively address the health needs of all ethnic AN populations (i.e. Eskimos, Aleuts, and Indians). Using an overarching community-based approach, the program’s planned practices and interventions will focus on implementing health disparity awareness activities; developing collaborative efforts to enhance programs that address disparities; and facilitating training and career development for AN persons. Data obtained from program records, key informant interviews, and online/telephone surveys will be used to assess a variety of process measures (i.e., the number of staff and tribal members trained; the number of presentations given to tribal/state audience; the number of website visits; and the number of collaborative projects co-led by tribal leaders). These findings will be used to determine progress toward strengthened leadership for addressing health disparities, improving coordination and improving utilization of research/outcome evaluations to decrease disparities. The expected long-term outcome of these efforts is to see an overall decrease in health disparities among Alaska Native populations.
- OMH objective(s) toward which the project’s results most contribute (check all that apply):
_x_ Enhanced data collection/utilization to identify highest priority health status objectives and services needed to achieve such objectives
_x_ Development of alliances and partnerships which improve coordination/alignment of health and human services
_x_ Provision of technical training in public health practices and prevention oriented research to create public health career pathways for American Indians and Alaska Natives
___ Other (please specify): _____________________________________
- Social Determinants:
- Increase the proportion of students who graduate with a regular diploma four years after starting 9th grade (AH-5.1)
- Access to Health Services:
- Increase the proportion of persons with a usual primary care provider (ASH-3)
- Injury and Violence:
- Reduce fatal injuries (IVP-1.1)
- Mental Health:
- Reduce the suicide rate (MHMD-1)
- Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity:
Increase the proportion of adults who meet the objectives for aerobic physical activity and for muscle strengthening activity (PA-2.4)