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ACT Welcomes New Team Member

Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT) is excited to announce the addition of Andrew Cutting to our team this week as Children’s Health Program Fellow.

Andrew Cutting

Thank you to the Annie E. Casey Foundation and The David & Lucile Packard Foundation for their support of the position, which will support the work ACT is doing related to data (i.e., KIDS COUNT Alaska) and children’s health care. The role will include data analyses, report writing, assistance with outreach and coalition building efforts, and direct advocacy.

Andrew is no stranger working with communities with difficult problems, having spent eight years with The Foraker Group, where he worked with a large array of organizations and issues from all across the state.

As Foraker’s research director, Andrew oversaw all data collection and worked within Foraker and with many nonprofits to turn data into information, which could then be acted upon.

Prior to Foraker, Andrew spent eight years as the community engagement manager at REI, where he shared his love of the outdoors with individuals and groups around the state, with a heavy focus on getting kids outside.

Before joining REI, Andrew worked for a diverse range of businesses, including managing a ski shop in Wyoming, wilderness instructor for the University of Alaska Anchorage, industrial and commercial painter, and commercial fisherman.

In a world swimming in data, Andrew helps people understand what matters most, and how to use inquiry to lead you to make better decisions.

When not staring at data or sharing interesting insights, Andrew can be found riding single-track in the mountains or lost in a cloud of sawdust in his woodshop.

 

Why Alaska nonprofits need to pay attention to the healthcare debate

Note from Alaska Children’s Trust: The Foraker Group is a statewide organization dedicated to supporting Alaska nonprofits, including ACT. We wanted to share this article from their blog on why healthcare is critical to many of the nonprofits we as Alaskans support and depend on.

Last night was one of many tense nights in the ongoing debate about healthcare in our country. There is a lot at stake for getting it right, and no easy solution for Alaskans.

One sliver of hope was the impact that many individuals and organizations in our state had when they raised their voices to engage in a way forward to a healthcare solution. I am proud to see so many Alaska nonprofits urge the U.S. Senate to engage in a clear, bipartisan process. We all need to unite in the goal of providing access to quality, affordable healthcare coverage to more Americans.

If your organization has been on the sidelines so far, there are still many opportunities in the coming weeks and months to engage. Here are 3 reasons to come to the table:

  1. Charitable nonprofits make up 12 percent of the workforce in urban Alaska and more than 50 percent in rural Alaska. In short, nonprofit organizations are an economic engine in communities throughout the state – and particularly in rural areas. Healthcare organizations represent the largest employers in Alaska’s nonprofit sector.
  2. Every Alaskan will feel an impact from these decisions. In particular, the people served by health and human services nonprofits are deeply affected by the legislation – especially those who rely on Medicaid or receive insurance through the individual market. Without thoughtful legislation, Alaskans will be in greater need – and we as organizations will not be able to fill the gaps.
  3. The ability of the nonprofit sector to offer health insurance coverage has an impact on every hire we make. Often it is the “make or break” decision for people who agree to take a job or stay in their job. Alaska’s nonprofits need to provide quality, affordable health insurance to recruit and retain talent.

The road ahead is going to be long. We all need to raise our voices to get to a bipartisan solution that benefits all Alaskans. We applaud the efforts of many nonprofits leaders who have raised their voice – it is an issue that affects ALL of us.