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Wednesday, September 28, 2022  |  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Care closer to home, closing the health disparities gap in Alaska

Marilyn Andon
Deputy Health Services Director, Tanana Chiefs Conference
Kathleen Benoit, NCIDQ, CHID, LEED AP BD+C
Project Manager, Architects Alaska
Heather Fenniman
Principal / Senior Medical Planner, HOK
Karen Stephens, AIA
Project Manager, Architects Alaska

The Tanana Chiefs Conference, Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center in Fairbanks, Alaska supports regional and sub-regional clinics for a 235,000 square-mile catchment area around the Yukon and Tanana rivers. The Conference is an Alaska Native non-profit corporation and traditional tribal consortium, charged with advancing Tribal self-determination. The new 108,000 sq. ft. Ambulatory Care Center fills a significant void in the patient service area. Prior to the planning and construction of this facility, patients were required to travel up to 360 miles, limiting access to crucial diagnostic and interventional treatment services. Incorporating Tanana Chiefs culture into the center was also imperative for success and acceptance of the planning and design. Cultural committee and patient representatives participated throughout the entire design process. This presentation demonstrates the health systems drive to reduce health disparities while prioritizing an inclusive and interactive approach.

1: Understand the unique point of view of the Tanana Chiefs, their relationship to the Alaska region and their partnership with the healthcare system
2: Discuss patients access to diagnostic and treatment services and how the new facility will help close the gap on health disparities for the community
3: Demonstrate how indigenous culture influences planning / design and setting the tone for the project
4: Lessons learned for engaging, hearing, and incorporating the culture on this unique patient population