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Category: Healthy People and Prevention


Suicide remains a sensitive and urgent topic around Alaska, which is why Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium continues to develop new ways to provide resources dedicated to shifting this painful trend. Part of that work includes communicating positive messages to those having thoughts of suicide, struggling with depression or need a listening ear. To help promote September’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and beyond, ANTHC developed the Tell Your Heart Story public service announcement for our Alaska Native people, and people ...


Water is a resource vital to the health and wellness of our people. To help guide Alaska Native and American Indian communities managing and operating their water systems, the National Tribal Water Center (NTWC) has created an interactive, online resource: Our Water toolkit. NTWC developed the Our Water toolkit to help educate and support action planning in order to ensure sustainable access to safe water and maximize health benefits in our Native communities. The Our Water toolkit is designed to ...


This month, multiple cases of laboratory-confirmed mumps have been reported to the Alaska Section of Epidemiology, originating in Anchorage. Alaska public health officials believe there is potential for wider community exposure, putting non-immune individuals at risk for infection. Mumps has caused several large outbreaks in the US recently. Mumps is prevented by the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Two doses of MMR are recommended for all children; the first dose at 12-15 months and the second dose at 4-6 ...


Each year, the Alaskan Plants as Food and Medicine symposium, hosted by ANTHC’s Health Promotion program, helps promote traditional plant knowledge, ethical harvesting and traditional ways of gathering and growing our own food. This is an important way to share our traditional knowledge; as the reliance upon imported foods has increased over recent generations and as educational dynamics have shifted, a gap in the knowledge, skills and practice related to Alaskan plants as food and medicine has widened. This year, ANTHC ...


Knowing the right immunization schedule for you and your family can help keep you protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. ANTHC works with statewide partners to support the health and wellness of our people, such as the statewide Healthy Alaskans 2020 initiative, which monitors leading health indicator data. Healthy Alaskans 2020 encourages and supports work with local and statewide partners to increase the proportion of Alaskans who are protected from vaccine-preventable infectious diseases. National Immunization Awareness Month is an annual observance held ...


The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s HIV/STD Prevention Program is launching a new Alaska Native Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer (LGBTQ) Initiative as part of its www.iknowmine.org outreach and education efforts. iknowmine is an statewide health and wellness resource website for Alaska Native youth, parents, educators and providers. The goal of this new initiative is to help develop educational materials, prevention messages, programs and resources for Alaska Native youth and adults who identify as LGBTQ and their health care ...

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