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#10 Top Story of 2018: Our Tradition of Health: ANTHC celebrates 20 year milestone of first program services

December 20, 2018

This story was one of ANTHC’s top news items in 2018. The original story was published in June 2018. On June 1, 1998, Tribal health in Alaska changed dramatically when the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) signed a contract to assume responsibility for the operations of the majority of the Indian Health Service Alaska Area office’s programs. After decades of fighting for self-governance, Alaska Native people now controlled our health care. In June 1998, ANTHC began management of Community Health Services, professional recruiting for positions across the Tribal health system, business office services, and maintenance and improvement funds for Tribal health facilities. These program services have grown and expanded under ANTHC Tribal management to positively impact the health of our people. Today, ANTHC and the Alaska Tribal Health System (ATHS) provide the passion and dedication that make us the embodiment of self-determination for Alaska Native people. This year, ANTHC celebrates its history and the improvements to Alaska Native health care that have been accomplished through our Tribal leadership and ownership by our people. ANTHC Board and Tribal leadership make it possible to design programs and services that serve the Alaska Native health needs identified by our people. ANTHC’s Tribal leadership has worked to make meaningful changes to the way services are delivered, create new programs to address the emergent health needs of our people and develop priorities focused on positive health outcomes. Throughout 2018, look for more stories and highlights from ANTHC’s 20 years of operations. If you have stories to share about ANTHC or the history of the Alaska Tribal Health System, send an email to OUR TRADITION OF HEALTH 20 Years of Tribal Self-Governance and Leadership:   Related story: Our Tradition of Health: 20 years of Tribal self-governance and leadership

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