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.

NET (Networking & Educating for 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 primary way the group advances this work right now is through leading arm-linking workshops that support professional networking.

Some of the group’s work:

Amplify Newsletter: School Edition

Amplify Newsletter: Healing Communities Edition

Trainings on Trauma & Resilience Available in Alaska


After a year and a half of successful advocacy and policy change efforts as its own group, this group merged with the advocacy work being led by Andrew Cutting, Senior Policy Fellow for the Alaska Children’s Trust, for broader reach. To get involved with this work, contact Andrew at (907) 248-7376.

Here are some of the successful efforts of the policy workgroup:

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 - Andrew Cutting

NET (Networking & Educating for Trauma-Informed Systems Change) - Barb Jewell