Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation announces 2014 Luminary Award recipients

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The Community Spirit Award will be presented to Darren Lieb, shown here with his son Hayden and daughter Ava.

The Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation (HANF), the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s (ANTHC) charitable arm, will host the seventh annual Raven’s Ball on March 22 at the Hotel Captain Cook. The Raven’s Ball is one of Alaska’s premier black tie parties and dynamic fundraising events. This year’s ball will continue a tradition of success that benefits the foundation and its three key initiatives: improving medical care; strengthening wellness and prevention efforts; and promoting healthy village environments.

The 2013 Ravens Ball raised $394,500, with $37,000 directed to support mothers and children at the Alaska Native Medical Center with the purchase of a diagnostic ultrasound machine to help high-risk mothers and to establish the first Alaska Native and American Indian Child Life Program in the country.

One of the 2014 Raven’s Ball highlights will be the presentation of the Luminary Awards, which annually recognize individuals for their dedication and outstanding contributions to the Alaska Tribal Health System (ATHS) and their communities. The Foundation Oversight Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Raven’s Ball Luminary Awards:

The President’s Award will be presented to James Armbrust, retired Director of the Office of Tribal Programs for the Indian Health Service. Armbrust is recognized for his significant contribution to the development and success of the Alaska Tribal Health System (ATHS) since its earliest days, for being instrumental in stabilizing the relationship between the Indian Health Service (IHS) and the Tribal health programs in Alaska, and for ensuring the success of the Alaska Tribal Health Compact.

The Legacy and Leadership Award will be presented to H. Sally Smith, Chair of the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation and representative on ANTHC’s Board of Directors. Smith is recognized for being a health leader and advocate for more than 45 years, bringing awareness of the health challenges and success stories of Alaska Native people to government leaders, policy makers, funding agencies, academic institutions and to the Alaska Native and American Indian people.

The Distinguished Provider Award will be presented to Dr. Robert P. Onders, provider for the Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA). As a physician champion, Dr. Onders redesigned KANA’s care processes when KANA was undergoing the  adoption of a new electronic health record system. The system has significantly improved the provision of screening services, allowed the organization to be the first in Alaska to reach target performance for all 21 measures defined by the IHS, and generated high patient satisfaction.

The Community Spirit Award will be presented to Darren Lieb, Bethel Regional High School Athletics director and coach of the wrestling team. Lieb creates a culture of excellence among Bethel youth and inspires the community to embrace volunteerism and create healthy opportunities for children in a way the region has never seen before.

For more information on the 2014 Raven’s Ball Luminary Awards, Raven’s Ball sponsorship and table information, or the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation, please call (907) 729-5652 or visit www.inspiringgoodhealth.org.

About the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation
ANTHC’s charitable arm, the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation works with donors and volunteers to raise awareness and funding for the unmet needs of the Alaska Tribal Health System and Alaska Native people. Together, we can inspire good health and improve medical care, promote wellness and prevention, and support healthy village environments. For more information on the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation, call (907) 729-5652 or please visit www.inspiringgoodhealth.org.

About the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium is a non-profit health organization owned and managed by Alaska Native tribal governments and their regional health organizations. For more information, please visit www.anthc.org

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