Family Wellness Warriors Initiative (FWWI) seeks to address the devastating problems of domestic violence, abuse, and neglect in the Alaska Native community. Its purpose is to equip organizations and individuals to effectively address the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical effects of domestic violence, abuse, and neglect. It is our desire to encourage wellness in each of these areas in the individual, the family, the community, and the world in which we live:
- Families and Communities
- With hearts open to change
- Working together with others through education and training
- Instilling hope for restoration and wellness
Family Wellness Warriors Initiative targets the Alaska Native and American Indian populations of Alaska, but all individuals, regardless of race, gender, or religion are encouraged to apply for our events.
In 2010, the Alaska Public Health Association awarded FWWI a Community Service Award for Health, an award that recognizes an organization, business or group typically outside of the public health tradition.
The Mary Byron Project awarded FWWI with the Celebrating Solutions Award in 2010 – one of four recipients nationwide. The award recognizes local innovations that demonstrate promise in breaking the cycle of violence.
Alaska State Governor Sean Parnell honored FWWI with his administration's Shirley Demientieff Award in 2010. The award is given each year at the Alaska Federation of Natives by the governor of Alaska for advocacy on behalf of Alaska Native women and children.
FWWI received The National Indian Health Board Regional / Area Impact Award in 2009 for demonstrating a positive impact on the health of Native families.
FWWI was highlighted on a TV series as a national model for impacting men's health by the National Aboriginal Health Organization in Ottawa, Ontario in 2009.
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