Alaskans live free from the consequences of alcohol misuse, so we are empowered to achieve our full potential.
Reducing excessive alcohol use and harm.
We do this through:
Partnering with organizations and individuals dedicated to reducing the harm associated with alcohol misuse as well as connecting those who need treatment/information to the help they need.
ELEVATING THE CONVERSATION
Raising awareness of the negative impacts of excessive alcohol consumption and advocate for legislation and policies that will help reduce alcohol misuse.
Reducing the stigma associated with alcohol misuse through positive messaging and programs.
Partnering statewide to reduce risks and promote protective factors for youth and adults.
Together we are greater than the sum of our parts.
Affirming every person’s inherent worth.
Alaskans working together can impact the wellbeing of our state.
Alaskans have long known that our state has an alcohol problem that needs to be addressed. Alcohol overuse has a yearly economic impact of approximately $1.2 billion for our state, has been identified as the top health issue for Alaskans and directly and indirectly affects individuals, their loved ones and society.
Recover Alaska is a coalition with the goal of addressing the harm caused by excessive alcohol consumption in Alaska. It is an organization that is exclusively dedicated to combatting the problem of alcohol misuse. Through various initiatives such as changes to systems, policies and social practices, we are focused on long-term improvements. But we cannot tackle this alone. Our partners include the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, the Mat-Su Health Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, Providence Alaska, State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and Southcentral Foundation.
Our belief is that change is not possible unless we get to the root of the alcohol overconsumption problem. We hope to do this by increasing understanding of the effects of excessive alcohol use, changing social norms, improving access to information about treatment and capturing data that will allow us to see where improvements in services and resources are needed. From investigative media partnership projects to analysis of Alaska’s alcohol statutes to sharing personal stories of individuals in recovery, we strive to break the cycle of alcohol misuse so that all Alaskans feel empowered to achieve their full potential.
Tiffany was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. After graduating from Bartlett High School, she explored the country for 12 years and returned to Alaska in 2012. She comes to Recover Alaska with a bachelor’s in classics from Pomona College, a master’s in public administration from the University of Oregon, and 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector in fundraising, program development, public relations, and government affairs.
She serves on the board of the U.S. Alcohol Policy Alliance, and is an alumna of both Leadership Anchorage and Catalyst for Nonprofit Excellence. Tiffany has been recognized as one of Alaska’s 2016 Top 40 Under 40, University of Oregon’s 2019 Distinguished Recent Alumna, and Grantmakers in Health 2021 recipient of the Andy Hyman Award for Advocacy.
Tiffany loves to spend time with her family and friends, especially her daughter Margaret, and is grateful to live on the land of the Dena’ina people. Her personal story of recovery can be seen in Recover Alaska’s Day 001 video series.
Contact Tiffany at 907-249-6644 or at email@example.com.
Jess is originally from Nashville, Tennessee and made her way to Alaska permanently in 2007, by way of Olympia, Washington, where she studied liberal arts at the Evergreen State College. With a penchant for social justice and a lifelong love of the natural world, Alaska has been home for just over a decade now. In 2009, she took a position with Anchorage School District’s Title VI/ Indian Education program, where she advocated for Alaska Native and Native American families and students, working with grant initiative Project Ki’L as well. Her work with Title VI/ Indian Education won her a Denali Award in 2011.
With a keen awareness of the inefficiencies of people-serving systems, and a strong desire to create change, Jess pursued a Master’s of Arts in Education degree through Goddard College, based in Vermont. She brought those same values to her work at YWCA Alaska as a Youth Empowerment Manager. Her work continues with Recover Alaska, where she manages programs, including Education and Prevention.
Jess is mother to a precocious nine-year-old son. Jess and her son enjoy fishing, visiting relatives, and adventuring. They are also the proud owners of three wonderful cats.
Sara grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and received a bachelor’s in communication from the University of Missouri. Having a passion for meeting new people from different cultures, Sara has lived in 3 different states and 6 different countries. She has done everything from teaching English in Ecuador and South Korea to working as a behavioral health clinician at a rehabilitation center for youth in Kenya.
Sara holds a master’s in marriage and family therapy and has spent the last 12 years in the behavioral health world, including advocating for those who have experienced domestic violence and sexual assault, working as an integrated health specialist, providing individual and group therapy, and overseeing admissions and early interventions for a community behavioral health clinic that provides both outpatient and residential services for substance usage disorders.
Sara arrived in Alaska four years ago and feels grateful for the opportunity to call Alaska her forever home. She has a passion for connecting individuals, families, and providers to each other, to themselves, and to shared goals in order to improve well-being for all Alaskans. Sara is super excited to join the Recover Alaska team and continue to journey with people on the road to recovery.
Shape legislation and policies that help to reduce alcohol misuse and build constituencies for change. Recover has successfully advocated for changes to minor consumption laws, the composition of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, and most recently led the passage of an alcohol tax in Anchorage.
On October 15, 2020, Recover Alaska hosted an advocacy training led by three industry leaders that discussed the following:
1) Differences between education and lobbying to help understand what is legal for nonprofit organizations, from Mike Walsh with Foraker Group
2) Coaching on how to tell your personal story in a way that is compelling, connected to a solution, and succinct, from Teri Tibbett with the Alaska Mental Health Trust/ABADA
3) Explanation of requirements around reporting, from Tom Lucas with Alaska Public Offices Commission
A recording of the advocacy training can be found HERE.
Positive Social Norms
Launch campaigns that leverage positive messaging to improve social norms around alcohol consumption among key audiences. Be [You] is a statewide media campaign that seeks to prevent and reduce underage drinking among youth by challenging the misconception that most teens drink alcohol. View Be [You].
Day 001: Voices of Recovery celebrates the true stories of Alaskans overcoming alcohol addiction. An eight-part video and radio series, Day 001 features a diverse range of Alaskans telling their inspiring personal stories of recovery, from professionals to students to artists. View Day 001.
Each year, Recover Alaska works with partners around our state to address and prevent alcohol misuse. Our mini-grantmaking strategy is grounded in our values and aligned with our mission while remaining responsive to the identified needs of the communities.
Who We Fund
We created the Changemaking in Alaska page so people can see the projects we fund, the amazing work youth and organizations in Alaska are doing, and find inspiration for potential ideas for your own communities. On our interactive map, click on pins and use the filters on the map to specify programs or years or both, click here to get started!
United to prevent alcohol misuse and promote community wellness.
Recover Alaska houses the Alliance, a collaborative effort of multiple diverse partners across Alaska who recognize the impacts of alcohol misuse on individuals and communities. This work is funded by a Comprehensive Behavioral Health Prevention and Early Intervention Services grant from the Department of Health and Social Services.
Visit the Alliance’s website at Alaska-Alliance.org
ALCOHOL AND ME
Alcohol & Me is a place for Alaskans to talk about alcohol in their lives. If you lost friends. If you found sobriety. These are your stories in your own words. View Alcohol and Me.
DATA-JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIP: TELLING ALASKA’S ALCOHOL STORIES THROUGH DATA
In January 2015, Recover Alaska partnered with the Alaska Press Club to provide a week-long fellowship lab for working journalists to gain skills analyzing and visualizing publicly-available data to build enterprise stories related to alcohol in Alaska. View series.
PATHS TO RECOVERY: FINDING SOLUTIONS TO ALASKA’S LONG-RUNNING ALCOHOL PROBLEMS
In July 2015, Recover Alaska kicked off a partnership with the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner to focus on solutions to the alcohol issues in Alaska. View Paths to Recovery.
STATE OF INTOXICATION
Recover Alaska partnered with the Anchorage Daily News to underwrite coverage of one of our state’s most pressing issues, excessive alcohol consumption. Reporter Kyle Hopkins and photographer Marc Lester conducted an in-depth journalistic examination of the effect of excessive use of alcohol on Alaska. View State of Intoxication.
Funding and support for Recover Alaska has been generously provided by a consortium of funding partners. These include:
Funding and support is also provided by the following partners:
Sultana New Ventures (a service of The Foraker Group)
Department of Health and Social Services, State of Alaska
Past Chair, Rasmuson Foundation
Chair, Mat-Su Health Foundation
University of Alaska Anchorage
Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority
University of Alaska Fairbanks
State of Alaska, Health and Social Services
University of Alaska Anchorage
Alaska Mental Health Trust
Norton Sound Health Corporation
Set Free Alaska
Mat-Su Health Foundation