About Us

littlefeetOur Purpose

The Alaska Native community faces many challenges, from health care access to decreased Federal funding. Launched as the fundraising arm of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) in 2007, the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation (HANF) was created to bridge these gaps and ensure that families across Alaska have access to modern health care, healthy environments, and educational programs that promote living healthy lifestyles.

We believe that health care truly goes beyond treating those who are sick —we want to help Alaskans stay out of the hospital in the first place. That’s why we support key initiatives that deliver sustainable, effective and culturally-relevant health care, from providing improvements at medical facilities that serve Alaska Natives, to supporting wellness and prevention programs that impact Alaska Native populations, to advancing healthy village environments around Alaska. By facing the greatest health challenges head on, we can lead healthy lifestyles and avoid long-term health issues.

The Foundation prioritizes and focuses on the greatest health challenges Alaska Native individuals and communities face, including:

Area of Greatest Need
Healthy Communities
Healthy Kids
Patient Care

By working collaboratively toward a common vision that Alaska Natives are the healthiest people in the world, we can improve lives and inspire good health.

You can be part of this bridge to health by contributing to any one of the three key initiatives or to support the Foundation’s work in general. Your donation is tax deductible and we are committed to making every dollar count. (Tax ID#92-0162721)


Our Leadership

The Foundation is guided by the HANF Oversight Committee, which is comprised by ANTHC board members and other community members who support our fundraising efforts. Members are appointed by the Chair of the ANTHC Board of Directors.

Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation Oversight Committee:

Charlene Nollner, Chair (Copper River Native Association)

Marissa K. Flannery, Partner (Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Flannery, LLP)

Roald Helgesen, ANTHC CEO (Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium)

Robert Henrichs (Native Village of Eyak)

Esai Twitchell (Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation)

Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation Staff:

carrieCarrie  Irwin Brown, Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation Director

Carrie is a life-long Alaskan from interior Alaska of Athabascan and Irish descent, and is a tribal member of the Nenana Native Tribe and Tanana Chiefs Conference. She has been employed by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium since 2009 as the Director of the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation, raising funding and awareness for the unmet and unfunded needs of the Alaska Native Medical Center and statewide programs that promote wellness, prevention, and healthy village environments. Carrie has been a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals since 2010. Prior to joining ANTHC, Carrie was the Executive Director of the Alaska Natives Arts Foundation, and Senior Vice President of First Alaskans Institute. A graduate of Nenana High School, Carrie first attended the University of Hawaii and then Nagoya Gakuin University in Nagoya, Japan, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management/International Business from Alaska Pacific University. In 2016, she completed the master’s-level Alaska Native Executive Leadership Program at APU and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration at APU. Carrie has served on the board of many Alaskan non-profits, including the Foraker Group, the Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Koahnic Broadcast Corporation, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Alaska Chapter, and currently serves as the Board Chair for Toghotthele Corporation, a for-profit ANCSA-village corporation. Carrie was honored as one of Alaska’s “Top 40 Under 40” by the Alaska Journal of Commerce, and has been featured in several books, including Growing Up Native in Alaska (The CIRI Foundation) and Alaska at 50 (Alaska Humanities Forum).

Trina Brosnan, Communications Specialist

Trina is a life-long Alaskan from interior Alaska, and has been employed by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium since 2010 as the Communications Specialist for the Foundation. Trina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public Communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage.


In loving memory of Ray Alstrom, the first, and long-time Chair of the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation’s Oversight Committee.

In Memory Ray


We Are the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation

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2016 in review

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