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Category: Health Advocacy


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 ...


On June 1, the Indian Health Service (IHS) announced a comment period on a draft policy statement that, if implemented, would begin a process to expanding the use of community health aides at IHS-operated and Tribally managed facilities across the U.S. The success of the community health aide model in the Alaska Tribal Health System is noted for its role in increasing access to care at our Tribally managed hospitals and clinics. Comments from Tribes are due July 29, 2016. ...


Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new regulations that extend its authority to include new products that meet the definition of “tobacco products.” The new regulations now include the sales and health evaluation of e-cigarettes, cigars and hookah, among others. More information on the new regulations can be found in this article from the FDA: “Extending Authorities to All Tobacco Products, Including E-Cigarettes, Cigars, and Hookah”. These new regulations go into effect on August 8, 2016. ...

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