Alaska Native Epidemiology Center

Healthy Family Initiatives

Healthy families allow individuals and communities to thrive, benefitting physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Healthy families effectively cope with the cultural, environmental, and socioeconomic stresses that they face. Negative coping mechanisms such as domestic violence, sexual violence (DV/SV) and child maltreatment can result in life-long—even intergenerational—effects on the health and wellness of family members and communities.

The Alaska Native EpiCenter has several projects that encourage healthy families by addressing violence and trauma, promoting wellness, and working towards eliminating disparities in victimization and in maternal and child health affecting Alaska Native and American Indian people in Alaska. Projects include collecting, sharing, and improving the data on DV/SV and childhood trauma, including adverse childhood experiences (ACEs); providing technical assistance and resources for individuals, tribal health organizations, and other organizations to better address DV/SV and ACEs, and supporting best practices in maternal and child health by helping to organize the Alaska MCH and Immunization Conference.

2011 Maternal Child Health Data Book
2011 Maternal Child Health Data Book

2011 Maternal Child
Health Data Book

This data book is a collaborative effort of the Alaska Division of Public Health, Section Of Women’s, Children’s, and Family Health and the ANTHC, Alaska Native Epidemiology Center. By presenting the data by Alaska Native status and by tribal health organization region this book will be particularly helpful to health care staff and administrators working in the Alaska Tribal Health System.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Executive Summary
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Executive Summary

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Executive Summary

ACEs are adverse childhood experiences that profoundly harm children’s developing brains. The effects of ACEs can show up decades later as chronic disease, mental illness, and substance abuse. This report is an initial summary of 2013 ACEs survey results specifically for Alaska Native people.

Healthy Native Families Bulletin
Healthy Native Families Bulletin

Healthy Native
Families Bulletin

This bulletin is the first time that data on domestic and sexual violence affecting Alaska Native people of all ages is brought together in one place. Beginning with pregnancy, this bulletin takes us through the major stages of life, sharing the consequences of violence, how many people are affected, and Alaska-specific responses.

DV/SV Resources   top

DV/SV Resource Guide Cover

Regional Resource Guides

These guides were developed to provide statewide and regional information on domestic violence, sexual violence and coercion, child abuse and neglect, and vulnerable adult/elder abuse. It is intended for people who have survived abuse, for those who have committed abuse, and for anyone interested in preventing abuse and promoting wellness.

Select one of the following regions:

Helpful Links

The Alaska Native EpiCenter collects data and provides technical assistance on DV/SV and childhood trauma, including adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).
Below are some helpful resources. 

Basic Definitions: DV/SV

Click here for common definitions related to domestic and sexual violence.

Basic Definitions: Adocacy

This resource provides information about what is involved with advocacy.

Alaska DV/SV and healing programs:

Community Wellness and Healing.

Teen Safety Card  top

Getting Together PosterThe Getting Together safety card and its poster, with card pockets, are for teens of any gender. Created in partnership with Alaska teens, these materials provide information about healthy and unhealthy relationships, how to help others, and how to get help.

Order wallet-sized cards and/or posters through

Safety Cards for Women  top

Getting Together PosterThe We Are Worthy safety card and its poster, with card pockets, are for teen girls and adult women. Created in partnership with girls and women across Alaska, these materials provide culturally-appropriate information about relationships, how they affect our health, and how to get help.

Order wallet-sized cards and/or posters through

To download cards:

Online Training for Health Professionals   top

To view the videos on YouTube, visit the training series playlist here

CMEs/CEs/CEUs are available only to employees of participating Tribal Health Organizations through Healthstream.

Domestic and Sexual Violence (DV/SV), The Impact on Health, and the Patient Safety Card Approach to Integrated Education, Assessment, and Response.

This training series has the following major objectives. Participants will be able to:

1.) Describe domestic and sexual violence (DV/SV) and reproductive coercion and its effects on health and healthcare

2.) Create a safe environment for patients, including using integrated education + screening with the evidence-based, culturally appropriate patient safety card approach

3.) Respond to patients with support, responsive healthcare, and harm reduction in a trauma-informed way

This training series is produced by the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center with technical assistance and presentation from ANTHC's Telehealth Dept., the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA), the State of Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project, the Alaska Native Medical Center, and Alaska CARES.
Online Training Resource List

Online Training Resource List

Community Toolkit   top

Youth Healthy & Unhealthy Relationships Skits*: YouTube link

* Please Note: Some skits may contain explicit language.

This toolkit is for anyone (elders, youth peer educators, teachers, nurses, health aides, parents, etc.) who wants to work with youth to support them to have safe and healthy relationships.

All of the materials here – the PowerPoint presentation (based on the Getting Together card) with extensive notes to help presenters, the resource list, the 11 short videos featuring Alaskan youth, and the scripts so communities can make their own skits – are provided so that young people in every community can have safe spaces to learn about and discuss vital issues like healthy and unhealthy relationships, consent and assault, what our rights are, how to help a friend, and how to get help. The “Guide” below is a step-by-step guide to help you get started using this toolkit.

Powerpoint slides with presenter notes:
Part 1   |    Part 2   |    Part 3   |    Part 4

Resource List

Resource List



Scripts for Skits

Scripts for Skits