YKHC Tobacco Prevention VISTA (Bethel, AK)

Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation

About the organization

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is a privately owned, non-profit 501(c)(3) tribal health organization in Bethel AK with a board of elected members representing various tribal communities within the region. The southwest region is comprised of 58 federally recognized tribes from 48 village locations ranging in population size of 28 to 1,133 residents. The urgent need for additional resources and tobacco prevention activities in the YK Delta are clear with 41% of Alaska Native adults using tobacco products. The YK Delta also has some of the highest poverty and unemployment rates in the country. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death, and has been strongly linked with several forms of cancer. The 2014 Surgeon General’s Report on the Health Consequences of Smoking estimated that the number of premature deaths attributed to smoking and secondhand smoke exposure exceed


The VISTA member help YKHC break the cycle of poverty by developing successful efforts to reduce youth initiation of tobacco and adult use of tobacco in the region which will reduce costs (both direct and indirect) associated with tobacco use in low income households across the region. Member will develop an alternative to the suspension program for youth violating school district tobacco free policies. The VISTA member will create a culturally relevant K-12 tobacco prevention curriculum and campaign that promotes the YK regional "This is Quitting" program. Other projects will include establishing and supporting youth tobacco prevention leadership opportunities for low income youth.


The candidate must posses the ability to work as part of a diverse team.


$1.226.96 a month, eligibility for a Segal Education Award, relocation reimbursement, and some housing costs covered..

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