Workgroups allow us to put our heads together to articulate and work toward the vision of what we need for our state. For example:

  • Which policies or budget decisions would support our goals?

  • What kinds of communication tools would be most effective in our communities?

  • How can we facilitate coordinated changes in systems such as schools or hospitals across Alaska?

These are questions we answer best by coming together.

Trauma-Informed Systems Change

This group researches collects, amplifies and connects people to trauma-informed, culturally-responsive approaches, tools, resources, and experts across Alaska. Those who are using the science and ancestral knowledge of trauma and resilience to create change in policies, practices, environments, language, and social norms are featured. The group uses this to help drive system change through technical assistance, training, and advocacy. Some of the group’s work:

Amplify Newsletter: School Edition

Amplify Newsletter: Healing Communities Edition


This group works on both legislative and administrative policy changes that support the common goals of the initiative. Tasks include identifying potential policy needs and solutions, analyzing policies to determine whether or not they advance a trauma-informed perspective for the well-being of children and families, providing technical assistance to policymakers and their staff on trauma-informed policy analysis, crafting tools for advocacy such as talking points or call scripts, crafting ideal policies, and determining how to evaluate the effectiveness of a policy. This group played a major role in making Alaska one of the firsstates to pass a trauma-informed approach to government into statute.

Op-Ed from 2018 Session

Statute Advocated for by Policy Workgroup and Passed in 2018 session

National webinar on our advocacy for trauma-informed government statute

Get Involved

If you’d like to become involved with a workgroup, please contact the Chairs:

Policy - Samuel Ohana

Trauma-Informed Systems Change - Barb Jewell