From logo creation to orientation materials to the mobile first website, TFMC ensures training and technical assistance is culturally humble, relevant, and accessible to grantees.
It starts with the acknowledgement that this work matters. We have team members located in Alaska supporting grantees as well as participating in cultural and contractual events. While in person engagements have decreased during the pandemic TFMC successfully pivoted to a virtual TA model and the team is anxious to get back into the communities.
Supporting Primary Prevention
Through our longtime partnership with Sitkans Against Family Violence, ICF Senior Manager and Alaska resident, Gretchen Clarke provides tailored training and technical assistance to support evidence-based and informed primary prevention strategies. As an evaluation consultant to the local primary prevention coalition, Pathways to a Safer Sitka, Gretchen conducts in-person and virtual trainings to build capacity for strategic planning and using data for continuous quality improvement. In addition, as a member of the Alaska Pathways to Prevention Statewide leadership team since 2006, she works with tribal elders, local shelter representatives, State of Alaska partners, and community members to align training and technical assistance with community needs.
At the heart of it all
Our project teams appreciate the weight of their responsibility to those they serve. So, we prioritize culturally informed approaches to program implementation. At the same time, we’ve helped introduce creative solutions to complex challenges posed by lack of resources, extreme weather, limited broadband, difficult terrain, and overwhelmed victim service providers.
The challenge is immense. But resilience and optimism remain strong in Alaska, with a population of fewer than 800,000--about 10 percent of whom come from the state’s 229 federally recognized tribes.