Alaska Models and Innovations
These stories feature model programs and successful rural projects that can serve as a source of ideas. Some of the projects or programs may no longer be active. Read about the criteria and evidence-base for programs included.
Other Project Examples
Updated/reviewed September 2020
- Need: To ensure a well-qualified and sustainable Alaskan workforce to meet the current and future health care needs of its residents.
- Intervention: Establishment of the Alaska Health Workforce Coalition (AHWC), a public-private partnership to develop, facilitate, implement, and support a statewide health workforce system.
- Results: Coalition efforts impacted multiple state policies and programs, included a loan repayment and incentives program, and completed a health vacancy study in order to expand and further develop health-related education programs.
Updated/reviewed December 2019
- Need: Decrease rates of domestic violence, child sexual abuse, and child neglect for Alaska Native people in remote villages.
- Intervention: An evidence-based model inclusive of traditional culture trains local communities on methods of prevention and treatment for domestic and interpersonal violence.
- Results: Self-sustaining local system with improved family and spiritual well-being and decreased healthcare access needs.
Updated/reviewed November 2019
- Need: To bring a low-cost water and sanitation system to an Alaska Native village with no running water or sewer system.
- Intervention: The Portable Alternative Sanitation System (PASS) collects and treats water and disposes waste without traditional piping.
- Results: Residents in the pilot project reported that PASS was cleaner and healthier than the self-haul method.
Updated/reviewed September 2019
- Need: Distance, time, and cost make it difficult for EMS volunteers to attend continuing education and maintain certification.
- Intervention: Inland Northwest Health Services delivers free online training to rural EMS providers via video teleconferencing.
- Results: The EMS Live@Nite program provides free, monthly training to rural EMS providers in the northwestern part of the United States. The program is available through live video conferencing from certified locations in rural communities.
Updated/reviewed December 2018
- Need: There is a shortage of rural physicians in the Northwestern United States.
- Intervention: University of Washington medical students are receiving training through the TRUST program in rural, underserved communities across a five-state radius.
- Results: Long-lasting connections have been formed among regional and underserved communities, medical students, and rural health professionals, producing more rural physicians as a result.
Updated/reviewed July 2018
- Need: To increase collaboration between healthcare facilities and other organizations on a rural Alaska island in order to provide better access to and quality of healthcare.
- Intervention: A health network focused on collaboration in order to best meet healthcare needs of island residents.
- Results: Increased collaboration and cooperation among healthcare facilities and other organizations, leading to enhanced healthcare services for island residents while eliminating unneeded duplication of services and filling in service gaps.
Updated/reviewed June 2018
- Need: Drowning was a leading cause of death for children in Alaska.
- Intervention: Cold Water Safety and Survival for Educators workshops were developed in 1998, with help from a 4-year federal grant, to train educators to provide education and hands-on skills for school children and members of the public.
- Results: The safety program was integrated into about 50% of Alaskan school curriculum and schools in other states, helping to train hundreds of educators and thousands of children on the importance of cold water safety.
Last Updated: 9/16/2020