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Category: Health Advocacy


On November 17, the ANTHC Tobacco Prevention and Control Program participated in the Great American Smokeout (GASO), a national tobacco cessation event organized by the American Cancer Society. Tobacco users are encouraged to use the date to make a plan to quit or to plan in advance and quit tobacco on the day of the GASO. This year’s GASO held special importance— it is also the 10th anniversary of the Alaska Native Health Campus becoming tobacco free. Both events were ...


Tobacco and drug use among Alaska Native people have been on the decline for many years, but there continue to be challenges to motivate people to quit and remain nonusers. To promote a unified message that celebrates the healthy choices that our people make every day, ANTHC recently launched the “We Are” media campaign, targeting Alaska Native and Native American people aged 11 to 25. The campaign is based on social norms theory, which shows much of people’s behavior is ...


When Gov. Walker expanded Medicaid in Alaska last year, there was also a push to reform the program to better meet the health needs of those being served. Representatives of the Alaska Tribal Health System (ATHS) have been key partners with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) to jointly develop a package of Tribal Medicaid Reform recommendations that both improve the quality of care and create efficiencies in costs of the program. The recommendations are driven by ...


The new issue of the Mukluk Telegraph, ANTHC’s quarterly newspaper, will be arriving to clinics and readers across Alaska soon. The cover story highlights construction projects on the Alaska Native Health Campus, including photos of the new Internal Medicine, Podiatry and Pulmonology clinics at the Healthy Communities Building. Other stories include results from ANMC’s recent donor drive for the Bone Marrow Donor Registry, new federal regulations on e-cigarettes that protect youth, a photo essay of challenges to a water and ...


This week, ANTHC hosted a meeting of the Indian Health Services Facilities Appropriation Advisory Board attended by members representing Tribes from across the United States. The Facilities Appropriation Advisory Board (FAAB) is established as a standing committee of Tribal and Indian Health Service (IHS) representatives. The primary purpose of the FAAB is to make recommendations to the IHS Director on matters involving all Office of Environmental Health and Engineering (OEHE) programs. OEHE operates comprehensive programs that are funded under the ...


In recent years, abuse of heroin and other opioid drugs has increased to epidemic levels. Drug abuse affects many parts of our communities from emergency health services and addiction treatment to family support and public safety. In response to the need for coordinated efforts in these areas, the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, and Alaska Department of Health and Social Services are convening the Alaska Opioid Policy Task Force. ANTHC is participating as ...

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