What We Do
The Alliance is here to do the work that no one organization can do alone. We seek to influence structural and systemic change and work to support those who are delivering a shared message of health and healing across communities and whole systems. We acknowledge the factors of risk for alcohol misuse that serve to harm our communities and plan for a vision of a well and just Alaska. The heart of our work is the relationships we form and an unrelenting commitment to equity.
We align our efforts around our Primary Goal and:
Six Intersecting Modes of Action
Connecting and Convening
Conduct an assessment of prevention and health promotion networks and
coalitions, to find connections and amplify the collective impact.
We value GROWING CONNECTIONS as a focus area for Alliance because we believe
- That we can go farther together and
- That building trust with communities and disparate interests will bring new partners to the table with valuable views and perspectives.
Build communities of practice* in areas important for prevention.
We value WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT as a focus area for Alliance because we believe
- The Alliance has a role in furthering trauma informed care and practice across the state.
- The prevention workforce fills a unique role in Alaska as an asset to communities. Therefore, the Alliance has a responsibility to invest in this workforce.
Sharing Evidence** and Learning
Centralize the data and story collection that provides real information that agencies can trust and can use in their communities.
We value DATA as a focus area for the Alliance because we believe good data will
- Provide a baseline that helps us understand the change we have made.
- Ensure our work should have an impact and that impact should be described in terms of positive changes made over time.
- Help us tell the story of our work to different audiences including agencies and organizations who can fund this work and who work in communities.
- Identify assets and successes to inform a more accurate picture of our state.
Addressing Resource Flows
Address the barriers that are experienced by rural and marginalized communities trying to access resources, e.g.: resource flows from state and other funders.
We value ADDRESSING RESOURCE FLOWS as a focus area for Alliance because we believe
- Equity should be a priority across all funding applications and
- That we can support the coordination of efforts to
- Reduce duplication
- Enhance communication and
- Support small communities by lifting barriers and providing access to resources.
Framing the Conversation
Develop and disseminate media that shifts social norms, amplifies community efforts, and re-writes the narrative of a healthy and healing Alaska.
We value FRAMING THE CONVERSATION as a focus area for the Alliance because we believe
- That understanding the lived experience of people and communities surfaces unmet needs, underlying reasons, and untapped assets.
- Re-writing the narrative of communities will destigmatize misuse and encourage help-seeking.
- That by focusing on the stories we, and others, tell about alcohol misuse we can engage a broader group of stakeholders including media and advertising.
Advocacy and Policy Change
Organize and listen to the voices of people currently not being heard and include them in decisions that affect them. Change systems to operationalize inclusion and equity.
We value ADVOCACY/POLICY as a focus area for Alliance because we believe policy change starts at the individual level and that the Alliance has a responsibility to advocate to include people and communities who have had their voices and perspectives marginalized
*A community of practice (CoP) is a group of people who share a craft, a profession, a concern, or a passion for something they do, and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. Members are brought together by a learning need they share, and their collective learning becomes a bond among them over time.
**Evidence is defined along a spectrum of different types that can be considered in decision-making.