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ANTHC hosts guests from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

July 8, 2016

Last week, ANTHC providers and infectious disease researchers hosted national representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Division of Tuberculosis Elimination. Care at the Alaska Native Medical Center is one part of the continuum of care that treats patients with tuberculosis (TB) and protects public health through preventing spread of the disease. ANTHC was invited to participate through our partnership with the State of Alaska Infectious Disease Program.

The Alaska site visit included tours in Nome and Teller to illustrate the challenges and opportunities for our Alaska Tribal Health System (ATHS). The CDC team was given overviews of ANTHC’s work, the Alaska Tribal Health System and ANMC, as well as visits to our neighbors at the CDC Arctic Investigations Program and the Alaska Area IHS office.

Historically, Alaska experienced some of the highest rates of TB morbidity and mortality seen anywhere in the world, at any time, in the early and mid-20th century. The health of our people has been particularly impacted by past TB outbreaks and is a continuing concern in some parts of the state. The CDC team was able to see the role the ATHS and the resources of our comprehensive system to support the patient and their family, from the moment a case is identified through the completion of their treatment and follow-up. At all levels, we work closely with Public Health Service members in Alaska to protect the health of our people from infectious disease risks.

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