Healthy Traditions: Ask Me Why I’m Wearing Teal or Blue

Attention Alaskans: April is National Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Southcentral Foundation’s Family Wellness Warriors Initiative (FWWI) will host engaging and empowering activities that you can be a part of.

Annually, 6.6 million children are referred to state child protective services, with half of all cases of abuse substantiated.  Sexual abuse is also a huge issue we face. In the last 25 years, Alaska has ranked within the top five states for forcible rape with 18 of those years ranking number one. What is FWWI doing about it? FWWI’s goal is to end domestic violence, child sexual abuse, and child neglect in this generation, and you can help bring your voice and impact through your participation this month. Donating new or clean, gently used items to Abused Women’s Aid In Crisis or Standing Together Against Rape.

Throughout April, FWWI will be providing information about their trainings in a booth in the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center (ANPCC) lobby, Mondays–Thursdays, noon–2:00 p.m. Please join us, introduce yourself, and get information about learning circles available to you in Anchorage and Wasilla. Additionally, join us during the awareness fair, held on April 7, 14, and 21 in the ANPCC lobby from 10:00 a.m.–noon, where community agencies will share information and resources.

In conjunction with the Friday awareness fairs, FWWI will host organizations that work to end domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault within Alaska. The presentations will be in the Sophia Chase Boardroom from noon–1:00 p.m. and feature topics and resources around National Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. On April 28, we invite you to join us as we learn to make traditional fry bread! This is a great activity that can be done with your family at home. Please contact FWWI to RSVP, by calling (907)729-5440.

You can hashtag #healthytraditions during the month of April through social media. We want to see you participating in healthy activities with your family.  We look forward to meeting you, so stop by our booth in the ANPCC and ask us why we are wearing teal or blue! Share support, resources, and information with others who may have a need, so please join us as we wear teal and blue, highlight agencies, and share booths during the awareness fair. See you there.  #healthytraditions

-FWWI Team

We cannot do what we do without our donors, a special thanks to everyone:

  • Alaska Federation of Natives
  • Alaska Native Health Board
  • Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association
  • Bristol Bay Native Association
  • ChangePoint
  • Cornerstone Church
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Fishing CO of Alaska Inc.
  • Indian Health Service
  • J. Murdock Charitable Trust
  • Mary Byron Project
  • Neeser Construction
  • Open Hearts Ministry
  • Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
  • Rasmuson Foundation
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Southcentral Foundation
  • State of Alaska
  • Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation
  • U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
  • U.S. Dept. of Health & Social Services
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • Additional private donors