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The Alaska Native Tumor Registry, housed within the ANTHC Alaska Native Epidemiology Center, has been awarded a first-place award for data quality by the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program for the first time. The award, given for the 2018 data year, is awarded to cancer registries that meet all 14 data quality metrics outlined by the SEER program. The Alaska Native Tumor Registry is a collection of cancer information going back to 1969 on all ...


Grants are an important resource for the work of the Alaska Tribal Health System, but navigating the process of grant writing can be overwhelming. In August, ANTHC’s Alaska Native Epidemiology Center sponsored 29 Tribal health professionals from around the state for a two-and-a-half-day grant writing training session with national experts from the Office of Minority Health Resource Center. Representatives from 13 different Alaska Tribal organizations attended the training, which helped participants improve their grant-writing skills. The training included elements needed ...


The 2018 ANTHC Scholarship was recently awarded to 10 qualified Alaska Native or American Indian students who are pursuing higher education in health care-related professions. ANTHC’s Human Resources department received 120 applications during the 2018 application period, representing great promise for the future health care workforce in our state. The Scholarship Selection Committee selected recipients based on their grade point average, major field of study, strength of character illustrated in their letters of recommendation, and the honesty and sincerity of ...


The ANTHC Environmental Health and Engineering safety program recently completed work on a mobile app, found at https://www.excavation-safety.net, to improve excavation safety. Excavation work is a frequent part of ANTHC’s construction projects to bring water and sanitation services for the health of rural communities. ANTHC developed the application with funding from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Susan Harwood Grant, which provides funding for worker safety training across the U.S. on a competitive basis. When excavation is in progress on ...


When Tlingit artist Benjamin Schleifman was presented with the opportunity to create murals for Chilkat, the Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API) adolescent unit, he answered yes without hesitation. “I had no idea what the scope was,” Schleifman said. “It was totally unexpected. When I found out it was for the youth wing and something that was being funded for suicide prevention – something I’ve battled with my entire life – I really just felt the need to do it.” Last year, ...


ANMC’s Magnet nurses provide culturally appropriate, family-centered care in a unique hospital environment, and they are constantly seeking ways to improve the services and care we provide. In an effort to further recognize our nurses for their outstanding work, ANMC partnered with the DAISY Award, an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Congratulations to ANMC DAISY Award honoree, Matt Brown, RN on ANMC’s Inpatient Surgery Unit. Brown was ...


On a hillside above the community of Akutan in the Aleutian Islands, an ANTHC Environmental Health and Engineering crew is using hand tools to build an 8-foot-tall concrete dam and accompanying 860-foot-long pipeline to capture community drinking water. The new concrete dam and pipeline, funded by the City of Akutan and the USDA Rural Development, will replace the former plywood structure and leaky pipeline. At the community’s request, the ANTHC crews have avoided using heavy equipment and all-terrain vehicles to ...


The effects of suicide reach every corner in Alaska. Help us raise awareness for suicide prevention throughout September during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. ANTHC will participate in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of Darkness Walk on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Chuck Albrecht Ball Fields, 4781 Elmore Road, in Anchorage from noon-2 p.m. ANTHC will have an informational booth from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. along the trail behind the Consortium Office Building, 4000 Ambassador Drive, and will hand out ...


Recently, the ANTHC Tobacco Prevention Program graduated its first cohort of the Online Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training, hosted on ANTHC’s Distance Learning Network. The ANTHC Tobacco Prevention Program worked with our Tribal health partners to offer the online training to reduce the time and cost necessary to participate. The training teaches health care professionals the necessary skills to provide effective, evidence-based interventions for individuals who are ready to quit using tobacco. “If you can help even one person quit tobacco, ...


In the last decade, the ANTHC Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) has steadily grown its reach to provide nutritious food to our Alaska Native people. In its first year, 2008, the FDPIR program shipped an average of 9,000 pounds of food a month to the rural communities it served. Today, through a partnership with the Food Bank of Alaska, the program averages 59,000 pounds a month. To put that into perspective, an adult male moose can weigh anywhere ...

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