NRC Who We Are
The mission of Alaska’s National Resource Center for Alaska Native Elders is to identify, elaborate, and produce resources that are useful to Alaska Native Elders and their loved ones and key supporters in promoting positive aging across Alaska.
Alaska’s National Resource Center for Alaska Native Elders gains recognition as the principal provider of resources for Alaska Native Elders and their loved ones as well as key supporters for advancing positive aging across Alaska and its villages, hubs, boroughs, and cities.
What We Seek to Do in Alaska
Alaska’s National Resource Center for Alaska Native Elders is unique in its orientation and focus. It undertakes training, action projects, research, and collaboration for building the resource base supporting positive aging across the state. Its focus on positive aging makes it distinctive. Even though elders and their families and key supporters may face numerous challenges, the center places these challenges in its own process of resource development. From concept to action, the center stands for inclusion of Alaska Native Elders in the process of creating, disseminating, and fostering use of the practical resources the use of can promote positive aging.
The center measures its success through the following:
- Generating Ideas and concepts supporting positive aging within and across Alaska Native communities. In partnership with those communities, the center identifies new concepts for supporting positive aging. Those concepts will speak to the resources Alaska Native communities want and need to support their elders.
- Translating those ideas and concepts into tangible and useful resources for promoting and supporting positive aging within and across Alaska Native communities. The translation process will hinge on Alaska Native communities and their elders assessing and evaluating how those resources work from a cultural standpoint and the practical outcomes they produce from the perspective of Alaska Native elders, their loved ones, supporters, and advocates.
- Disseminating those resources for promoting and supporting positive aging across Alaska’s Native communities to build awareness among Alaska Native elders, their loved ones, supporters and advocates. Measures of dissemination effectiveness will include broad based awareness and knowledge acquisition to use those resources.
- Supporting the utilization of those resources at individual, family, community, regional and state levels. Utilization or use means that individuals, families, communities, supporters and advocates find value in the resources the centers develops and disseminates since they have practical value in advancing the quality of life of Alaska Native elders.
- Locating funds to support the resource development project. Those funds come from the active grant writing by center staff and their partners, collaboration with other systems of human services, and close collaboration with Alaska Native communities and their grassroots groups and key institutions.
The center’s value cycle is: