Rural & Traditional Practices​

The terms we are using on this website stem from, and work within, the current societal structure in the United States. Many organizations, out of necessity, currently operate and function within those established structures in order to receive funding, resources, and support to carry out their missions. 

We recognize that many organizations and groups adapt to certain terminology and frameworks in order to function within that structure, but the ideas and methods shared on this website are not “new” – only the coined terminology of these ideas and methods are new. People have lived within promotive cultural structures and utilized various techniques to build resilient, thriving communities for years. 

Because we live on the lands of Alaska Native tribes, we are mainly sharing indigenous, traditional, and rural cultural practices specific to Alaska Native peoples, but we recognize that indigenous groups across the world exist within and maintain cultures that are inherently promotive and protective.

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Rural & Traditional Practices

Southcentral Foundation Learning Circles

Learning Circles connect people and foster relationships to improve mental and physical wellness.

Southcentral Foundation Learning Circles

Learning Circles connect people and foster relationships to improve mental and physical wellness.
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Alaska Native Youth Provider Network & Community Connection

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ANTHC Medication Assisted Treatment ToolkitRural & Traditional PracticesWellbeing

The MAT Toolkit can be found under ANTHC Resources from the link. Section 12: Holistic Health Care in Rural Alaska emphasizes how a connection to the land, spirituality, and community involvement impact well-being.

https://www.anthc.org/what-we-do/behavioral-health/resources/rural-traditionalwellbeing
SAMHSA Native Connections: Culture is PreventionRural & Traditional PracticesSubstance Use, Suicide

Culture is itself a prevention strategy for substance use and other adverse behaviors.

https://srpfalaska.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/SAMSHA_culture-is-prevention-final-2018-05-31.pdfrural-traditionalsubstance-use suicide
Qungasvik (Toolbox) Training and Teachings Manual (Preview Version)Rural & Traditional PracticesSubstance Use, Suicide

This training and manual is part of a training package delivered by Yup’ik communities. It is a strengths-based and protective factors approach to reducing risk for Alaska Native suicide and alcohol misuse.

http://www.qungasvik.org/preview/rural-traditionalsubstance-use suicide
Anchorage Realizing Indigenous Student Excellence (ARISE)Rural & Traditional Practices

ARISE supports Alaska Native children by working to provide opportunities to reach their full potential.

http://arisepartnership.org/data/outcomes/rural-traditional
ANTHC Traditional TuesdaysRural & Traditional Practices

ANTHC Behavioral Health hosts Traditional Tuesdays meetings to promote the knowledge and use of traditional foods and traditional ways that support Alaska Native health. To be added to the listserv for these meetings, email amsimeonoff@anthc.org

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Alaska Native Language ProgramsRural & Traditional Practices

Language and language preservation is an important part of cultural identity and connection (a protective factor).

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/dcra/AKNativeLanguagePreservationAdvisoryCouncil/LanguagePrograms.aspxrural-traditional
Indigenous EvaluationEvaluation, Rural & Traditional Practices

Urban Indian Health Institute indigenous evaluation framework and resources website.

https://www.uihi.org/projects/indigenous-evaluation/evaluation rural-traditional
Southcentral Foundation Learning CirclesRural & Traditional Practices

Learning Circles on specific topics, ranging from medical conditions to life skills, connect people and foster relationships to improve mental and physical wellness.

https://www.southcentralfoundation.com/learning-circles/rural-traditional
Calricaraq TrainingRural & Traditional Practices, Trainings

Calricaraq, translated “Healthy Living”, is a culturally-based program utilizing Yup’ik culture, values, and traditions to address behavioral health issues. Curriculum taught by YKHC Behavioral Health Dept. The PDF shares an overview; please contact YKHC for more information.

https://www.ykhc.org/https://srpfalaska.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Calricaraq-System-of-Care-Learning-From-Our-Ancestors-How-to-Live-a-Healthy-Life-Today.pdfrural-traditional trainings
Resource BasketOther Resource, Rural & Traditional Practices

Alaska Native Youth Provider Network & Community Connection

https://www.resourcebasket.org/other-resource rural-traditional