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Category: Health Research and Data


With four years to go before the target date of 2020, new data from the Healthy Alaskans 2020 initiative shows progress is being made on meeting the ten-year goals for improving the health of all Alaskans. Of the 25 leading health priorities tracked, Alaska has met, or is on target to meet, 14 of the scorecard goals. The leading health priorities include: reducing the rates of cancer, suicide, and interpersonal violence and sexual assault; decreasing alcohol, tobacco, and drug use; ...


During the past six years, ANTHC Clinical & Research Services and the Mayo Clinic, in collaboration with Southcentral Foundation (SCF), have been conducting the MAW (Biomarker Feedback to Motivate Tobacco Cessation in Pregnant Alaska Native Women) Study. In the first phase of the study, we demonstrated that prenatal smoking exposes infants in utero to nicotine, the addictive component of tobacco, and NNK, a tobacco-specific carcinogen. In phase two, we presented these findings to pregnant and postpartum women to obtain their ...


Recently, 14 health related manuscripts, three research proposals and nine abstracts were submitted for review by the ANTHC Abstract, Manuscript, and Proposal Review Committee (AMP-RC). This internal committee reviews submissions in advance of our Health Research Review Committee (HRRC) meeting. HRRC is an ANTHC Board committee charged with final review of all health related manuscripts and all research proposals. Throughout the course of a year, more than 100 such submissions are received, each with the goal of positively impacting the ...


Last week, ANTHC providers and infectious disease researchers hosted national representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Division of Tuberculosis Elimination. Care at the Alaska Native Medical Center is one part of the continuum of care that treats patients with tuberculosis (TB) and protects public health through preventing spread of the disease. ANTHC was invited to participate through our partnership with the State of Alaska Infectious Disease Program. The Alaska site visit included tours in Nome and ...


Soon, Alaska Native people receiving cancer treatment at ANMC will have the opportunity to participate in cancer clinical trials. The new Clinical Trials Program is a cooperative effort between the ANMC Oncology Clinic and ANTHC Clinical and Research Services. Clinical trials are research studies that look for new ways to find or treat cancer. Before a new cancer therapy is used, it is tested in clinical trials with many people to make sure it is safe and it works. Up ...


The Alaska Native Tumor Registry and the Alaska Native EpiCenter recently released a new publication, “Cancer Among Alaska Native People: An Executive Summary of the Alaska Native Tumor Registry’s 45-Year Report.” This publication summarizes data from the Tumor Registry’s 45-year report in 16 pages and provides an easy to read format with which to share important information about cancer among Alaska Native people. The Executive Summary, as well as the full report, can be found at: http://anthctoday.org/epicenter/antr/.

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