Portugal. The Man and PTM Foundation are celebrating the resilience of their neighbors, supporting Alaska Native Health and the organizations working to keep Alaska's communities of Indigenous Peoples healthy and safe.
Today, they share the short film ‘Pass The Mic: Alaska Native Health’ to increase awareness of the unique needs and challenges of Indigenous communities in Alaska, encourage donations in support of Alaska Tribal Health, and increase donations to the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation (HANF) and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), to support relief efforts in Alaska.
PTM Foundation also announces a limited edition fashion capsule collection, with a newly designed Alaska state seal by artist Nicholas Galanin and Portugal. The Man’s John Gourley, to raise funds for the HANF. The 5 piece collection is available exclusively in PTM Foundation’s store. 100% of proceeds go to support Alaska’s communities of Indigenous Peoples.
The 'Pass The Mic' film captures candid stories and testimonials about the unique strength and resilience Alaskans face, bringing a human face to their adversity due to government neglect while also spotlighting the strength they turn to within and in their community to withstand trying times. The film and associated campaign was made possible through generous donations from Rasmuson Foundation and Portugal. The Man.
Alaskans are an unparalleled culture that stands as a demonstration of integrity to behold the world over as a source of inspiration. Alaskans have persevered through the toughest challenges and the PTM Foundation commends them for that and turns to them as well for inspiration.
"I am so honored to be able to go home to Alaska and visit these beautiful communities. Their strength and resilience is incredible and something we can all learn from." - John Gourley, Portugal. The Man
"It was an honor to collaborate with PTM Foundation and Alaska Native communities for this film. We learned more about the ways health impacts Alaskan communities and advocate for the continued sovereignty of indigenous storytelling." - Josué Rivas, Co-Director + PTM Foundation Community Advisory Board Member
“When it comes to health, access and equity are key indicators of success for Native communities, especially when faced with the extreme terrain of Alaska. By amplifying Alaskan Native voices, the PTM Foundation and Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) are effectively creating processes that actually benefit the people they want to serve. People need to hear that this model of advocacy and allyship actually exists.” - Samantha Hanlin, Co-Director and Producer
“At PTM Foundation we strive to learn from our collaborators as much as show up in support. Working with ANTHC on this level and for this reason, has been an amazing experience for us. It goes to show that when one organization shows up for another, the channels of education and allyship are exchanged with equal reciprocity. When we do these kinds of projects it is not one entity giving from one side to another, it is rather the building of relationships upon which to raise a new shared paradigm of health.” - Aaron Brown, Co-Director + PTM Foundation Community Advisory Board Member
To get involved in supporting Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, visit - https://www.anthc.org/
To donate to the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation, visit - https://healthyalaskanatives.org/
ABOUT PTM FOUNDATION
Launched in early 2020, the PTM Foundation serves as Portugal. The Man’s primary vehicle to engage, advocate for, and reinvest in the communities they grew up in, in Alaska, and currently belong to and care for. PTM Foundation’s work is focused on universal issues related to human rights, community health, and the environment, with an emphasis on causes directly impacting Indigenous Peoples. They have previously contributed to efforts for Get Out the Native Vote and COVID-19 Relief in Native Communities. To learn more about PTM Foundation, visit http://www.PTMFoundation.org
ABOUT HEALTHY ALASKA NATIVES FOUNDATION
The Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation’s (HANF’s) purpose is to support Alaska Native people, Tribes, and Tribal Health Organizations in pursuit of Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s (ANTHC’s) vision that Alaska Native people are the healthiest in the world. HANF does this through board-led, donor-centric fundraising and grant making in support of Alaska Native people under three initiatives: Healthy Kids, Healthy Patients, and Healthy Communities.
ABOUT ALASKA NATIVE TRIBAL HEALTH CONSORTIUM
The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium is a non-profit Tribal health organization designed to meet the unique health needs of Alaska Native and American Indian people living in Alaska. In partnership with the Alaska Native and American Indian people that we serve and the Tribal health organizations of the Alaska Tribal Health System, ANTHC provides world-class health services, which include comprehensive medical services at the Alaska Native Medical Center, wellness programs, disease research and prevention, rural provider training and rural water and sanitation systems construction. The Consortium co-manages the Alaska Native Medical Center with Southcentral Foundation.
The Consortium is the largest, most comprehensive Tribal health organization in the United States, and Alaska’s second-largest health employer with more than 3,000 employees offering an array of health services to people around the nation’s largest state.
ABOUT RASMUSON FOUNDATION
Rasmuson Foundation’s mission is to promote a better life for Alaskans through Arts & culture, health, social services, housing, and the promotion of philanthropy. Rasmuson supports nonprofits that are focused and effective in the pursuit of their goals. The Foundation supports accountability, clarity of purpose and cautious use of resources.