Doyon Foundation Selected to Receive a Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance Grant

The Doyon Foundation received an Administration for Native American Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance grant in August 2016. The three year grant will help fund the Doyon Languages Online project, a partnership with 7000 Languages, a nonprofit that supports endangered language learning partially through software donated by Transparent Language. During the three-year grant project, a total of 280 introductory online lessons will be created for five of the Doyon languages: Holikachuk, Denaakk’e, Benhti Kenaga’, Hän, and Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa. Ultimately, the Foundation aims to create online courses for all of the Doyon region languages. The lessons will be made widely available to language teachers and learners in Alaska and throughout the United States. Language teachers will also receive training in using the lessons in local educational settings, from schools to homes to community events.

For more information visit the Doyon Foundation website: https://doyonfoundation.wordpress.com/2016/09/02/doyon-foundation-receives-900000-grant-for-language-revitalization/

Housing First – Building Purchase

Project Dates: 2011
Project Lead: Angela Larson
Client: Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC)

The Rasmuson Foundation awarded $400,000 to TCC to fund, in part, the purchase of the hotel at 1521 Cushman Street in Fairbanks to be used as Temporary Patient Housing for rural patients travel to Fairbanks to receive medical care, and to be used as the home for the Housing First Program from chronic homeless inebriates.

Housing First Program

Project Dates: 2011
Project Lead: Angela Larson
Client: Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC)

Tanana Chiefs Conference hired Goldstream Group to write an Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Special Needs Housing grant to provide housing to homeless adults who suffer from chronic disease, severe mental illness, and chronic alcoholism without the pre-condition of sobriety. Residents receive robust and assertive supportive services to address mental health issues, disabilities or daily living needs. The building purchased is a former downtown Fairbanks hotel, and has been renovated to meet the specific needs of the Housing First program and its residents. The building will be safe, functional, and well maintained. Residents receive two meals per day, and are encouraged to socialize with the community of people who live in the building. TCC received $3,303,800 for this project.

Allakaket Clinic Construction Project

Project Dates: 2014
Project Lead: Angela Larson
Client: Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC)

The Rasmuson Foundation awarded TCC $400,000 to fund a portion of a new clinic in Allakaket. The current clinic has inadequate space, no running water, nor is it updated with effective systems for high quality medical services, including updated lab equipment and telehealth capabilities. The new clinic will meet the needs of the patients who use the clinic, as well as local and itinerant staff who work there.

Circles of Care

Project Dates: 2014
Project Lead: Angela Larson
Client: Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded Tanana Chiefs Conference $1,200,000 to create a holistic, community-based, coordinated system of care approach to support mental health and wellness for children, youth and families. They will address the historical and intergenerational trauma faced by Alaska Native children and youth. Efforts will begin through a gathering of community members, service providers, school districts and TCC behavioral health staff and administrators.

Native Connections

Project Dates: 2014
Project Lead: Angela Larson
Client: Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC)

Tanana Chiefs Conference was awarded almost $200,000 to implement a suicide prevention program. The Native Connections project will serve the Yukon-Koyukuk Sub-region, which includes six Alaska Native tribal communities: Galena, Huslia, Kaltag, Koyukuk, Nulato, and Ruby. The Native Connections project will create community-generated, coordinated approaches to preventing and reducing suicidal behavior and increase emotional well-being among children and youth as well as their families and the Yukon-Koyukuk Sub-Region communities at large.

Transforming Our Systems Communally (TASC)

Project Date: 2010
Project Lead: Beth Corven
Client: Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC)

Goldstream Group was hired by the Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) to write a U.S. DHSS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Mental Health Transformation Grant to provide a comprehensive, culturally appropriate response to the historical, cultural and personal trauma experienced by Interior Alaska Natives and the serious mental illnesses impacting their communities. TCC received $3.8 million over five years to offer community-based mental health outreach, prevention, screening and early intervention with volunteer peer advocates working in their communities to prevent the incidence of serious mental illness.

Improving Literacy Through School Libraries

Project Date: 2010
Project Lead: Angela Larson
Client: Yukon-Koyukuk School District (YKSD)

YKSD received $268,510 to increase the number of up-to-date recreational reading materials and resources that meet students’ information literacy needs; to increase students’ access to library materials; provide professional development to Certified Librarian and Library Aides designed to improve the literacy of K-3 students; and provide Students with access to school libraries during non-school hours.

Drug Free Community Support Program

Project Date: 2010
Project Lead: Angela Larson
Client: United Way of the Tanana Valley

The United Way of the Tanana Valley received $625,000 over a five-year time period to fund the Compass Coalition. The Compass Coalition will establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private nonprofit agencies, and Federal, State, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions to prevent and reduce substance use among youth.

Electronic Health Record Implementation

Project Date: 2009
Project Lead: Angela Larson
Client: Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC)

TCC received $1.4 million to partner with the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments and Tanana Tribal Health Clinic to implement Electronic Health Records throughout village clinics in the TCC service area. The project enables these organizations to implement an Electronic Health Records (EHR) system that focuses on the integration of their health care functions, the sharing of data to improve the health center operations, and on the maximizing of efficiencies.

Interior Regional Tribal Member Health Network Telepharmacy Project

Project Date: 2009
Project Lead: Beth Corven
Client: Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC)

The Interior Regional Tribal Member Health Network Telepharmacy Project received $1 million over two years to introduce telepharmacy services to rural populations using electronic information and telecommunications. The project addresses the regional shortage of pharmacists as well as increases patient safety and medication accountability. Benefits to patients, clinicians and pharmacies include increased efficiency, improved patient safety, and reduced workload on clinic staff.

Street Outreach and Advocacy Program

Project Date: 2009
Project Lead: Beth Corven
Client: Fairbanks Counseling and Adoption (FCA)

Goldstream Group was hired by Fairbanks Counseling and Adoption (FCA) to write a U.S. Department of Health and Social Services Street Outreach Program grant application to provide street-based outreach services where runaway and homeless youth congregate as well as a Drop-In Teen Center for youth to access food, survival aid kits, and community resources. FCA was awarded $300,000 over three years to provide these essential services.

Carl Perkins Tech Prep

Project Date: 2009
Project Lead: Beth Corven
Client: University of Alaska Fairbanks

The College of Rural and Community Development was awarded $150,000 to enhance and improve a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program in rural Alaskan communities to improve the academic and career/technical skills of rural students in the health field. The project will result in an increase in students entering the healthcare workforce with health care experience and education and an increase in the number of students entering the university system to pursue a postsecondary course of studies in the health field.

Youth Mentoring Project

Project Date: 2008
Project Lead: Beth Corven
Client: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska

Goldstream Group was hired by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska to write a State of Alaska Division of Behavioral Health Youth Mentoring proposal. BBBS received $1.1 million over three years to provide one-to-one mentoring between at-risk children and trained, screened and professionally supported volunteers. Mentors provide structured, friendship-based relationships with their little brothers and sisters that focus on the needs of the children, foster caring and support, and encourage children to develop to their fullest potential. BBBS reduces substance use and educational failure among children receiving mentoring services.

Stevie’s Place Child Advocacy Center

Project Date: 2008
Project Lead: Beth Corven
Client: Resource Center for Parents and Children

Goldstream Group was hired by the Resource Center for Parents and Children (RCPC) to write a State of Alaska Division of Health and Human Services proposal to operate Stevie’s Place, a Child Advocacy Center. Stevie’s Place was awarded $241,000 for a child-friendly, community-based neutral setting to provide the most effective and least traumatic response to allegations of child sexual abuse.

Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment

Project Date: 2008
Project Lead: Angela Larson
Client: Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC)

TCC was awarded more than $10 million over five years to provide substance abuse screening, brief treatment intervention, and referral for all patients accessing CAIHC and to better coordinate behavioral health and primary care services within TCC. The project expands the Tanana Chiefs Conference continuum of care to include screening, brief intervention, referral, and brief treatment within the Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center, a primary care medical facility in the city of Fairbanks, Alaska and within the TCC Community Health Aide Program (CHAP) serving 22 of the rural village communities included in the Tanana Chiefs Conference service area. In addition, the Tanana Chiefs SBIRT project enhances outpatient, pre-treatment, and assessment services within its continuum of care.

Paul Williams House

Project Date: 2008
Project Lead: Beth Corven
Client: Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC)

TCC received $1.4 million for renovations and infrastructural improvements for a two-story supportive housing structure for residential clients. The project integrates housing with care coordination and case management for severely mentally ill adults; improves safety and security for tenants and staff increases access to clinical and therapeutic activities.

Strategic Prevention Partnership

Project Date: 2008
Project Lead: Beth Corven
Client: Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC)

TCC was awarded $1.5 million over three years for a community-based approach to substance abuse prevention and implementation principles. It is a concerted effort by regional organizations to reduce substance abuse throughout the interior of Alaska, particularly among Alaska Natives. Led by TCC, the project focuses primarily on Alaska Natives within Alaska’s Interior but also focuses on the greater community need for substance abuse prevention services across the Fairbanks area.

Tele-Behavioral Health

Project Date: 2007
Project Lead: Beth Corven
Client: Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC)

This project addressed the lack of rural access to mental health therapy, counseling, substance abuse treatment assessments, and pre-treatment and aftercare services as well as other services through the deployment of tele-behavioral health kiosks. It enabled rural community members to access professional behavioral health care without the economic and psychological stress accompanied with leaving their homes, their culture and their families to seek help. TCC was awarded $331,519 to purchase and deploy tele-behavioral health kiosks in 27 Interior Alaska Native communities.