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U.S. Public Health Service presents Cummings Award to ANTHC engineers

September 12, 2017

On Aug. 17, Admiral Randall Gardner, Chief Engineering Officer for the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), visited ANTHC to present the Cumming Award to the Division of Environmental Health & Engineering’s Engineering Services group. This award recognizes outstanding contributions in public health engineering and science and is named in honor of former Surgeon General Dr. Hugh S. Cumming, USPHS. ANTHC was awarded the plaque in 2005 in recognition of the Alaska Rural Utility Cooperative’s (ARUC’s) Rural Utility Cooperative Demonstration Project.

In addition to presenting the award, Admiral Gardner listened to many presentations about the work ANTHC engineers do every day to better serve customers. Presentations covered topics including first time sanitation service in Akiachak, Kwethluk, and Eek, deployment of the Portable Alternative Sanitation System (P.A.S.S.) in Kivalina, the Manillaq Health Center’s wind-to-heat energy project in Kotzebue, and the community of Newtok’s move to the new townsite of Metarvik. Admiral Gardner recognized ANTHC’s passion for assisting customers and working towards providing the highest quality health services for Alaska Native people across the state.

Community visits keep ANTHC connected to our statewide partners and help illustrate the rural health challenges for national partners such as the U.S. Public Health Service.

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