Hansen honored for healthcare contributions
Kotzebue's Paul Hansen was recognized for his service to a healthy Alaska over the weekend, when he received the Legacy and Leadership Award from the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation.
The foundation is the charitable arm of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Hansen, who is the Deputy Health Administrator for Maniilaq Health Services, was presented with the award as a reflection of his work to improve that region's healthcare.
"Mr. Hansen has developed relationships with tribal partners," said a recent Consortium release. " (He) gained the respect of many, and led the Maniilaq Association toward being a full service healthcare provider.
"He assumed all available programs and funds in the region and carries out a comprehensive health care delivery system. Paul has provided invaluable technical assistance to Maniilaq representatives and members of the tribal caucus on a broad range of funding issues that affect all tribal health providers around the state. His sharp analytical mind, even-keeled demeanor, friendly manner, and broad depth of expertise in the tribal health system is well recognized and has been of tremendous value to all members of the tribal caucus."
The leadership award and three other Luminary Awards are given at the annual Raven's Ball, and highlight individuals from around the state who have shown dedication to the Alaska Tribal Health System and those they serve.
Dr. David Mather of Mather and Associates was given the President's Award for the financial advice and counsel that has led to success and reliable funding for the consortium.
Norton Sound Health Corporation's John Salmon is a Physician Assistant whose specialty expertise has made him an invaluable resource to his region, and earned him the Distinguished Provider Award.
Beverly Hoffman, a Volunteer Coordinator at Bethel's Mike Inguut Elitnaurviat School, was given the Community Spirit Award for the passion she's shown for safety and wellness in her region.