|Hans Hansen was named Tribal Member of the Year by the|
Native Village of Kotzebue.
Hansen graduated cum laude from the UAA Community & Technical College in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation. Following graduation, he attended Pacific University where he obtained his doctoral degree in physical therapy.
His decision to return to his home village of Kotzebue was motivated by his desire to give back to the community that supported him while he pursued his undergraduate and graduate education.
“It is true that local providers who are born and raised are few and far between,” said Hansen. “I hope to inspire other Alaska Native and local Alaskans to get an education and to return home to give back to their communities.”
Hansen currently works for Maniilaq Association, a tribally-operated, nonprofit, health and social services organization. As one of the village’s own, he is able to provide care that is both medically and culturally relevant to his patients.
|A photograph of Hans Hansen's certificate of recognition|
for Tribal Member of the Year.
In his free time Hansen enjoys dog mushing and hunting with friends and community members. He also continues to invest in his alma mater, serving on the Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation Advisory Committee.
Congratulations on your success, Hans!
Story by Clarice Dickess, Grants and Research Specialist, UAA Community & Technical College.