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Category: Healthy Homes and Communities


Residents of the Southwest Alaska community of Eek now have residential water service for the first time, thanks to a new community water distribution and low-pressure sewer collection system construction project by ANTHC with our community and funding partners. This project has developed over the last 12 years through many phases. Prior to the current project phase, a new sewer lagoon was built and a new water intake into the Eek River was installed. Previous additions also include a new ...


On the north bank of the Kuskokwim River, 401 miles from Anchorage, lies the community of Oscarville, Alaska. In December 2014, the Oscarville Traditional Council volunteered the village to serve as the pilot community for the implementation of a holistic approach project, with the goal of creating healthy, thriving and sustainable communities by bringing together important communal pieces, including culture, housing, energy, infrastructure, water/sewer, community health and economic development. Oscarville’s candidacy for the pilot project stemmed from the sanitation, environmental ...


During the week of June 26, the National Tribal Water Center (NTWC) partnered with the Northern Cheyenne Tribe to participate in Water Week as part of the Water is Life project. Through a collaboration with the Northern Cheyenne Department of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources, Chief Dull Knife College, and the Northern Cheyenne Utility Commission, the Water is Life project’s aim is to promote pride and ownership of the Tribal drinking water system and celebrate the Northern Cheyenne cultural values ...


ANTHC is committed to strengthening our Alaska Native and American Indian workforce and developing future Alaska Tribal Health System leaders by offering a number of summer internships. ANTHC’s Environmental Health and Engineering interns are in the swing of a busy summer. Six interns are traveling across the state and working on a variety of projects, from energy audits to operator training. Katrina Brown, from Anchorage, is one of two interns serving in the Environmental Health and Engineering’s project management department. ...


Providing clean water and sewer for remote communities with no road access in extremely cold climates presents unique challenges, including exceedingly high energy usage and high energy costs. ANTHC’s Environmental Health and Engineering division’s Rural Energy Initiative develops and implements alternative energy retrofits in rural community water systems to address these issues. Through partnerships with rural communities, funding agencies and utility companies, ANTHC’s Rural Energy Initiative develops heat recovery systems that transfer excess heat from local power plants to public ...


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 ...

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