Take Back Our Communities!

One of our goals of ACT is to help you create the healthiest community possible. What does that mean to you?

 

Domestic Violence: 

A 2010 survey of adult women in the State of Alaska showed that 37/100 women experienced sexual assault and 59/100 women experienced domestic violence...

According to the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA), primary prevention, or stopping violence before it starts, is a simple enough concept on the surface, but to be able to successfully implement prevention strategies in your community, it is helpful to understand the concepts that drive prevention. Their website is a great resource for learning prevention strategies for your community.  They have seven free video modules to give your tools, suggestions, and support on how to mobilize your community, implement solutions, and evaluate you success. 

ANDVSA also has a handout on organizing your community

Substance Abuse and Underage Drinking:

Across the board (all ages) Alaska has one of the highest per capita alcohol consumption rates in the nation and the prevalence of alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse, at 14%, is twice the national average of 7% (Gallup Corp. Telephone survey for DHSS, ADA).

Substance use/abuse has a profound impact on Alaska’s youth. It contributes to injuries, school drop out rates, teen pregnancy, interpersonal violence, suicide attempts, depression, youth crime and many other social problems. The good news is that we are beginning to see decreases in most of the youth behavior problems due primarily to the substance use and abuse rates declining.

The Best Methods:

  • Environmental and educational strategies help communities take an active role in addressing local issues of substance abuse. 
  • Culturally appropriate services promote greater success in our Alaska Native communities by implementing programs that incorporate traditional cultural values. 
  • Identification of a community’s risk and protective factors has lead to the use of the resiliency model that builds upon positive life skills and experiences, helping youth succeed despite growing up in a high-risk family or environment. 
  • More aggressive underage purchasing enforcement laws for both alcohol and tobacco reduce teen usage and adult purchasing for youth.
  • Greater emphasis on local option laws assist in giving communities more control of access to alcohol and drugs.

To learn more about "Alaska's Strategies to Prevent Underage Drinking"  Click Here.  This pdf has some AMAZING infographics.

 

Youth:

Getting kids and teens involved in the community will energize them to complete school and give back to their community. There were 2,141 dropouts in Alaska in 2015. That is the lowest dropout rate the state of Alaska has had since 1998! We need to keep that rate dropping by creating after school programs, tutoring for the kids that need help, and even having a mentorship program would be some ideas to get you started.

 

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