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Adult learners, Authentic learning, Behavioral health workforce, Cohort model, Cultural attunement, Excellence in teaching, Experiential learning, Frontier Alaska, Growing our own, Learning community, Lilly Arctic Institute, Native Elders, Rural Alaska, T
In rural and frontier Alaska, the root network of our entire health services system is a collective of local paraprofessionals. Historically, however, beyond the paraprofessional level relatively few Alaska Natives have held credentialed or degree level positions. Enveloped in Alaska Native cultures and in concert with the wisdom of Elders, the University of Alaska Fairbanks has developed a successful and progressive education pathway for growing our own culturally competent or attuned behavioral health providers. As result of nearly 20 years of workforce development experience in Alaska, the Lilly Arctic Institute on Innovations and Excellence in Teaching was established to enhance educators and trainers skills in helping adult learners advance in their respective health careers. Setting this institute apart from most other similar conferences is the dynamic guidance of its respected Native Elders.