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Guide to the Alaska Native Health Careers Program records
1971-1985

Collection number: UAA-0094.
Creating office: UAA. Alaska Native Health Career Program records.
Series title: UAA. Alaska Native Health Career Program records.
Dates: 1971-1985
Volume of series: 2.7 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Collection materials are primarily in English with some materials in Inupiaq and Yup’ik.
Series summary: Records of program that provided support and outreach to Alaska Native high school and college students interested in the health field.

Administrative history:
In 1974, the Alaska Federation of Natives created the Alaska Native Health Career (ANHC) Program in response to an Alaska Native Health Care Policy Statement adopted by representatives of twelve Native regions at a Rural Health Seminar.  The statement highlighted the importance of promoting the health and well-being of Native people by establishing the Native operation and management of the health care system which services them. In order to do so, ANHC Program aimed to increase Alaska Native involvement in health career professions by providing culturally relevant information, information about health careers, financial aid, and applications, student advising, and advocacy for tutoring and traineeship. A training program for college students in rural Alaska and the Della Keats Summer Enrichment Program for high school were also created.  Also in 1976-1977, the ANHC Program selected and funded ANHC students to participate in a University of Washington’s School of Medicine WAMI workshop in Fairbanks. In addition to the workshop, the ANHC Program utilized WAMI Minority Recruitment Office pamphlets and videocassettes to recruit and train students. The Alaska Native Health Career Program became a part Rural Education, CCREE (Community College and Rural Education Extension), University of Alaska and maintained an advisory board of AFN members in 1979.

Series description:
This collection contains three types of records: organizational records, reports and papers of associated organizations, and training and recruitment films. The first group of records is organizational records which include progress reports on the organization and the Della Keats Program, Della Keats annual reports, career catalogs, student newsletters, program brochures, and ANHC Program newsletters. The second group contains reports and papers of associated organizations including Alaska Federation of Natives, Alaska Methodist University, Alaska Native Foundation, Alaska Native Health Board, Alaska Native Medical Center, Cook Inlet Region, Inc., Cook Inlet Native Association, and the University of Washington. The fourth group contains training and recruitment audio visual media produced for or used by the ANHC Program such as A Taste of Medicine, Why Not Medicine, video tapes of Cody Bear Paw, Health Career Opportunities Program audio cassettes, University of Washington WAMI recruitment and training films, and the Alaska Federation of Natives Health Career Program.

Arrangement: The collection is divided into three groups: organizational papers, reports and papers of associated organizations, and training and recruitment films and audio. Organizational papers and training and recruitment films and audio are divided by material type. Reports and papers of associated organizations are in alphabetical order by the organization.

Digitized copies: Digital copies of collection material not available online. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Preferred citation: UAA. Alaska Native Health Career Program records, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Current records: For current records related to the Della Keats Summer Enrichment contact UAA’S WWAMI Biomedical Program.

Custodial history: This collection was presented to the Archives by Katherine Johnson, Director of Alaska Native Health Career Program, in 1986.

Processing information: This collection was arranged and described in 1995 and assigned the collection number HMC-0022. In 2011, Mariecris Gatlabayan updated finding aid format, classified the collection as a university record, and assigned it the collection number UAA-0094.

Container list:


Box/Folder

Description

Date

1/1-1/13

Organizational records

1974-1986

1/14-1/47

Reports and publications of associated organizations

1972-1985

2/1-3/15

Training and recruitment films and audio

1977-1978

4-7

Oversize training and recruitment films and audio

undated