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Category: Health Advocacy


A new medical-legal partnership program aims to improve the health of our Alaska Native patients at Alaska Native Medical Center by reducing hardships brought on by social or environmental factors, which can negatively impact wellness. ANMC will partner with Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) to provide the services, which can include: decision-making matters (such as power of attorney, guardianship, and Advance Directives), public benefits (such as denial, reduction or termination of Medicaid, SNAP, or Social Security), safety concerns (such as ...


Photo caption: Annette Island Service Unit (AISU) leadership and ANTHC patient experience met on March 31 during a visit to the Metlakatla Indian Community in southeast Alaska. Pictured from left to right, Melody Leask, AISU Medical Records Director; Lisa Allen, RN, AISU Director of Nursing; Carol Dunn-Hale, ANTHC Manager of Travel Management Office; Tammy Philemonof, ANTHC Supervisor of Customer Service; Allison Knox, ANTHC Vice President of Customer Experience; Rachael Askren, AISU Service Unit Director; Amanda Dauti, ANTHC SR. Patient Travel ...


March was Professional Social Work Month, which raised awareness about professional social workers and their commitment to improving social conditions and quality of life opportunities for everyone. Professional Social Work Month provides an opportunity to recognize ANTHC’s dedicated social workers and the valuable services they provide at the ANMC hospital. The ANMC hospital has nine medical social workers – Deanna Thomas, LCSW; Stephanie Locus, MSW; Rachel Yablon, LCSW, work in the adult inpatient units; Cynthia Burton, LCSW, works in Maternal ...


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 ...

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