January 23, 2004:Diary Entry

Yesterday I had substantial meetings with our Congressional Delegation. We let them know the ONLY priority we are focusing on for congressional appropriation funding is for the Community Health Aide/Therapist Program.

We have before us the opportunity to make huge improvements in our Native Health Care Arena and to substantially impact the health status of our people.

Senator Murkowski is holding a hearing on March 15, 2004 on education. I will request to testify on the Community Health Aide/Therapist Program Training and Education opportunities.

An important contact mentioned funding through the Department of Labor for the Health Aides. I’m sending her language on the CHA/P Training today so we can get that funding increase for several million in FY05 – or immediately.

Life for many has the opportunity to improve.

Published by Trudy Sobocienski

My blog, "Beyond Leadership" is a creative place to share my personal feelings and thoughts while working in leadership roles for a variety of Alaska Native organizations, both for and not-for profit entities. An incredible leader and mentor of mine once asked while we were in Washington, DC, "What happened to you between the ages of 7-10 that motivated you to serve in a native leadership capacity". I was struck by that poignant thought and as such, include actual entries from my mother and my diaries beginning in the early 1970's. I enjoy sharing these excerpts because it captures the parallels she and I were experiencing throughout life, from two separate worldviews. Hers as a young mother of four and mine as her eldest child. I have never came across a book on leadership that lays bare a leaders personal feelings, thoughts, hopes, fears and dreams they were experiencing. So for me, my goal is two-fold: 1. Share the incredible life my parents created for my siblings and I growing up in remote Alaska; and, 2) Sharing my humanity, through my personal diaries and journals, while serving as the youngest-ever President/CEO for the Alaska Native Health Board. There are passages that will include significant policy issues I was working on throughout my career and travels. There are many more passages that do not. I cannot speak for my mom's passages, because I am reading them as I share them here, with you; with her permission of course.

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