Healthy Communities & Wellness

Northwest Alaska is remote and essential services are often difficult to provide.  Residents in the Maniilaq service area (all villages in the Northwest Arctic Borough and Point Hope) have limited access to ancillary services, behavioral health and tertiary health care.  Improving access to outpatient care and addressing behavioral health will improve the well being of communities and support the workforce.

NWALT currently supports:

  • Fixing the Gap: Establishment of advanced appropriations for the Indian Health Service - Stabilization of funding for Indian Health Service (IHS) programs, thus maintaining consistent, quality patient care;
  • Construction of a Kotzebue outpatient care clinic to improve care to local Kotzebue residents and to all residents in the Maniilaq Service area;
  • Development and construction of a regional behavioral health facility to be managed by Maniilaq Association;
  • Increase IHS funding for Long Term Care


NWALT members supported Maniilaq Association in working to secure funding to complete the Utuqanaat Inaat Maniilaq Elder Care Center, a 15,000 sq.ft , 18 bed, skilled nursing facility.