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The ANTHC Health Research Review Committee is pleased to announce the 5th Alaska Native Health Research Conference at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, Oct. 17-18. The conference provides a forum to share current health research projects within Alaska Native communities. The preconference workshop, which takes place Oct. 16, provides research ethics training, with a focus on research review across Alaska Tribal health organizations. Continuing Education credits pending.   Call for abstracts and sponsors is open. Please visit the conference ...


ANTHC staff with the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center participated in and provided technical assistance at a multi-day gathering Jan. 17-19 in Bethel. This event was sponsored by the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation’s Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative project, Calricaraq. This homegrown program funded by the Indian Health Service aims to stimulate discussion and reflection on trauma, specifically substance abuse, suicide and violence. It draws on the wisdom of Elders, Yup’ik values, and stories of overcoming trauma from staff, Elders and other ...


Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and partners were awarded a five-year, $20 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to address health disparities facing Native communities in Alaska and Montana. The grant will fund the American Indian-Alaska Native Clinical and Translational Research Program. Montana State University will be the home institution for this project. Partner organizations include Blackfeet Community College, University of Montana, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alaska Anchorage and Southcentral Foundation. The center will focus ...


Every baby born in Alaska undergoes a series of tests just before they leave the hospital to go home. A small blood sample is collected from the baby’s heel and sent to a laboratory for testing that targets about 50 conditions. These routine tests are done to identify any possible disorders in the baby’s body chemistry. In July, the State of Alaska launched a new DNA test to better identify babies born with a gene variant known as CPT1A Arctic ...


Last week, ANTHC Epidemiology Center staff led a workshop at the AFN Elders and Youth Conference in Fairbanks, Alaska. During the workshop, participants shared their experiences and ideas on promoting health in their communities. EpiCenter staff also participated in the AFN Health Fair and provided information on Healthy Alaskans 2020, an initiative to improve health statewide using a framework that measures 25 leading health priorities. For more information on Healthy Alaskans 2020 please visit hss.state.ak.us/ha2020. Additionally during the AFN convention, ...


Since 2013, more effective drug therapies for treating hepatitis C have increased the rate at which our people are completing treatment that leads to a cure for the deadly virus. Joining a family of highly effective direct acting antiviral therapies available at ANMC is a newly licensed drug consisting of sofosbuvir and valpatasvir (Epclusa®, Gilead Sciences, Inc.). This is a fixed-dose combination tablet that covers six hepatitis C virus genotypes and is approved for use in persons with serious liver ...

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