|DR. GARY FERGUSON :: HEALTHY COMMUNITIES CONSULTANT|
Healthy Communities ConsuLting
Greetings and Happy Spring!
I've been enjoying the past few months of transition in my career, as I develop my consulting business. Coming up with a title for my consulting work was a challenge, as my practice is holistic and varied depending on the community, organization or individual I'm working with. Healthy Communities Consultant resonated as the best title for my overall work as a catalyst across Alaska (and beyond). Many have asked what my consulting looks like, so below is a summary of the kind of work that I do:
Some of my current passions include:
Social, Economic, Cultural and Environmental Determinants of Health (Population Health)
Nutrition, Food as Medicine
Indigenous approaches to health & well-being
Botanical Medicine and especially the traditional medicines of indigenous peoples
Incorporating botanical, integrative medicines into Tribal Health System pharmacies
Tribal Self-determination, self-funding and offering of Integrative Medicine, Traditional Healing
Addressing the "Silver Tsunami", making sure our Elders have wellness-based healthcare and advocacy
Trauma-informed Care and non-pharmacologic therapies for resolving trauma
Addressing Homelessness, Housing First
My current bio:
Dr. Gary Ferguson is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor living in Anchorage, Alaska. For the past 16 years, Dr. Ferguson has worked across Alaska to address the social, economic, cultural and environmental factors that contribute to the health, well-being of Alaskans. He is a facilitator, motivational speaker, and technical consultant to communities, agencies, and individuals around how to more deeply address contributing factors to health, well-being. He is Aleut/Unangan, originally from the Shumagin Islands community of Sand Point, Alaska. Dr. Ferguson’s past positions include providing clinical services to his home region at Eastern Aleutian Tribes and serving at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium as Wellness & Prevention Director and Senior Director of Community Health Services. His most recent work includes serving at the Rural Alaska Community Action Program as Chief Executive Officer prior to becoming a Healthy Communities Consultant.