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Category: Healthy Homes and Communities


Providing sustainable public health infrastructure for our Alaska Native communities, such as water and sanitation services, requires partnership across many organizations. ANTHC works with our Tribal health partners, communities, government representatives and project partners to introduce the challenges and opportunities of rural sanitation construction that can have profound impacts on the health of our people. Recently, Rear Admiral Chris Buchanan, Acting Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS), traveled to the Interior Alaska communities of Allakaket and Rampart to participate ...


Chevak is a growing community of 1,200 people located along the west coast of Alaska, and has been a valued member of ANTHC’s Alaska Rural Utilities Collaborative (ARUC) program since its inception in 2008. Since 2013, Chevak utility customers have seen a 50 percent decrease in their water and wastewater utility fees. Due to the community’s continued growth, a new position was recently added to the water utility team to sustain the cost savings for the whole community. In May ...


A team of ANTHC staff recently visited the southwest Alaska village of Newtok, which is in the process of moving nine miles downriver to Nelson Island and a new village site, Mertarvik. The move will help ensure the sustainability and safety of the community, which currently faces frequent storm-driven erosion. Staff from various departments completed a multipurpose site visit, serving ANTHC’s commitment to a holistic approach to community planning, infrastructure design and providing health services to the people of Newtok. ...


This Memorial Day weekend marks a time to remember military members who have died in service to the United States. Memorial Day also marks the unofficial start to summer and boating season. As the summer days grow longer, our Alaska Native people will spend more time on the water – whether it’s on boats or shores, fishing or for recreation. However, every year, water related accidents and fatalities affect our Native community. On average, 17 Alaska Native people drown each ...


ANTHC’s partnership with Maniilaq Association to convert Kotzebue’s Maniilaq Health Center to a renewable energy system earned a Green Champion Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The awards honor HHS employees and Alaska Native and Native American Tribal members involved in outstanding sustainability projects and demonstrate measurable results in sustainability practices. Environmental sustainability is an important part of the work in the Alaska Tribal Health System. A healthy environment is the basis for the health ...


Thomas Norris, ANTHC Apprentice Electrician, recently passed the State of Alaska Certificate of Fitness Exam for Electrical Journeyman, making him the first graduate of the ANTHC Environmental Health and Engineering Apprenticeship Program. This program was developed in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship and Alaska Vocational Technical Related Studies Program. The four-year program requires 8,000 hours of on-the-job learning, in addition to many required hours of instruction. During his time as an apprentice, Norris worked on ...

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