KOTZEBUE (AP) -- More than 300 people from around Alaska attended the 2001 Rural Providers Conference to focus attention on traditional Native values and the prevention of substance abuse.
The conference was intended to provide clinical tools to providers of drug and alcohol treatment and prevention, said Marian Estelle, key coordinator with Rural Alaska Community Action Program, one of the primary organizers of the conference.
''We are trying to equip people with real-world tools,'' she said. ''The emphasis is on using real-world tools from traditional Native cultures and on hiring local people for implementation.''
The Rural Providers Conference was formed in 1984 with the objective of ending alcohol and drug abuse in Native communities. The original funding agencies, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development, sponsor the conference. Kotzebue will host the conference again next year.
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