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The Winter 2021 Mukluk Telegraph newspaper is now online! Featuring these stories: ANMC staff receive first COVID-19 vaccinations in AlaskaChevak: A success story in Tribal utility partnership‘Don’t let me have gone through this for nothing.’ Son shares mother’s legacy after her passing from colorectal cancer Also check out these videos: Protecting Our People: COVID-19 info in five Alaska Native languagesVideo 2020 Year in Review Or this recipe for caribou soup and share with others how to keep a healthy home! ...


When Chevak joined the Alaska Rural Utility Collaborative (ARUC) in 2004, the program was in its infancy. Chevak, and a handful of other communities in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region, recognized the advantages of working together to manage, operate and maintain their water and sewer systems. For Chevak, the partnership with ARUC has resulted in nearly 50 percent reductions in water and sewer costs for residents, a robust reserve account and a more efficient and self-sustaining system. Each ARUC community operates their ...


Alaska has been a leader in telemedicine innovation and more recently with dramatically improved video teleconferencing capability. ANTHC is conducting research with patients who are 18 an older and diagnosed with a chronic disease and who are being seen by a specialist to complete a brief survey about telemedicine visits.  The study is open to people meeting these eligibility criteria, whether you have used telemedicine services or not. Participation is voluntary. Volunteers will be given a small gift for participating. ...


History in the making. A step toward normalcy. An amazing feat of science and technology. These are just some of the ways people have described how they feel about the COVID-19 vaccine. Twelve months into the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, Alaska received its first shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday, Dec. 13, and deliveries were made safely to three Anchorage health care facilities the next day. Alaska Native Medical Center was the first Alaska facility to receive the COVID-19 ...


After spending time in Anchorage attending new employee orientation and learning about resources available to support Tribal members, Nastasia Kassel returned to Bethel to serve as ANTHC’s second regional liaison for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC) regional area. Kassel is of Yup’ik heritage and is an enrolled member of the Kasigluk Traditional Council. She has lived in Bethel for the last three years. Before moving to Bethel, Kassel lived in Kasigluk where she is originally from. Before accepting this new ...


The Alaska Native Medical Center is experiencing a significant increase in patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Concurrently, the rising numbers of people impacted by community spread of COVID-19 is impacting the staffing levels of essential health care workers, who must quarantine or isolate after infection or exposure. If this trend continues, our hospital will not have the physical bed space or staff available to provide the level of care our community will likely need.“The best and most efficient way to increase ...