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Category: Health Advocacy


Earlier this month, advocates for Tribal diabetes prevention and treatment programs met with federal lawmakers and their staff to share the value of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI), a vital program helping improve the health of our people. The meetings were arranged by the National Indian Health Board to advocate for continued congressional funding of the program. The 19 Tribal health organizations receiving SDPI funding are represented at the national level by ANTHC Board Vice-Chair Lincoln Bean, Sr. ...


ACT on the Trail is back supporting the health and wellness of our Alaska Native people along the route of the Last Great Race. For the second-straight Iditarod season, ANTHC is pleased to partner with Alaskans Changing Together (ACT), an initiative for all communities across Alaska to come together with a shared hope and vision for wellness. Led by two Kotzebue Iditarod mushers, Katherine Keith and John Baker, the aim of ACT on the Trail is to empower Alaskans to ...


Heart disease is the number one killer of people in the U.S. and affects Alaska Native and American Indian people at even higher rates than the national average. February is American Heart Month and the month brings focus to the American Heart Association’s work to save lives and beat heart disease. The death rate from heart disease in the U.S. has fallen dramatically since the 1960s; however, despite this progress, heart disease remains a leading cause of death for both ...


On Thursday, Feb. 23, Alaska children are invited to participate in PLAAY Day, which kicks off with Alaska’s first simultaneous student physical activity event. Schools and other youth organizations are invited to participate from 10 to 10:30 a.m. in a synchronized exercise routine that will be broadcast from ANTHC’s Anchorage office. For more information, visit http://plaay.org/plaay-day/. ANTHC is also supporting the PLAAY (Positive Leadership for Active Alaskan Youth) Summit Feb. 24-25 in Anchorage. This conference is a tremendous opportunity for ...


We are all saddened by the loss of one of our great Alaska Native leaders, H. Sally Smith. ANTHC joins friends and colleagues in offering our deepest sympathy and prayers to the Smith family. Sally’s passion for the health and wellness of Alaska Native people will be greatly missed. She was an advocate for our Native community for nearly 50 years and was instrumental in helping shape the Alaska Tribal Health System, negotiating the transfer of health services from the ...


Two vibrant new television ads promoting the health of our Alaska Native people are now running on various channels, including GCI cable, ADN.com, ANMC TV, Patient Housing at ANMC, YouTube and other ANTHC social media. Each 30-second spot promotes a theme of Native health care provided at ANMC and ANTHC: a comprehensive, holistic view of health and cutting-edge technology. Click the links to view the ads on YouTube: Holistic Health: https://youtu.be/CcNtj2zGiPc Modern Technology: https://youtu.be/oOZMOUl7YLQ “Holistic Health” takes you on a ...

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