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Category: Health Advocacy


For years, Alaska Native leaders negotiated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for permission to serve traditional foods to those who benefit from their healing and comforting effects. Healthy eating is one of the building blocks for a healthy life. ANTHC’s Tribal leadership has helped place traditional foods in a prominent place in our health care and services. ANTHC has long been at the forefront of advocating for the positive aspects of harvesting and eating traditional foods – and permission ...


ANTHC and Alaska Pacific University (APU) hosted the first-ever Alaska Indigenous Research Program (AKIRP) in Anchorage. The theme for the program, which was held in May, was Promoting Resilience, Health and Wellness. The research program aims to increase cultural humility and sensitivity of health researchers with emphasis on the importance of Tribally-driven and culturally responsive research as well as support and grow Indigenous researchers and scholars. The program included three weeks of courses designed for all levels of research and ...


After you or a loved one return home from a visit to the Alaska Native Medical Center, you will receive a survey via mail, text or email from Press Ganey, asking you to answer some questions about your visit. You may have wondered why you received an email or text – and if you should answer. Previously, only adult inpatients received mail surveys for feedback after a hospital stay. Now, in addition to adult inpatients who were recently discharged, our ...


ANMC Purchased and Referred Care (PRC) offers limited benefits to eligible Alaska Native and American Indian people to help with emergency medical care while traveling out of Alaska.  Who is eligible? Patients who meet ANMC’s eligibility criteria and residency requirements. To meet residency requirements, the individual must not have been absent from Alaska for more than 180 days; and intend to live in Alaska indefinitely. Other criteria for eligibility includes: must provide proof of Tribal enrolment or descent, legal dependents ...


Claude “Bob” Bocatch was recently hired as ANTHC’s first Regional Liaison. After spending a few weeks at ANTHC’s offices in Anchorage, Bocatch started in Dillingham the week of June 17. ANTHC recognized the need to better support our partners by providing service locally. The diversity of services that ANTHC provides can make it difficult for a Tribal health organization to navigate. It can be a challenge to know and understand all that ANTHC does, let alone who to contact to ...


This spring, Alaska-based Partnering for Native Health Program was one of five global programs awarded at the World Justice Challenge: Access to Justice Solutions, a global competition aimed to “identify, recognize and promote good practices and successful solutions to improve access to justice.” A collaborative effort between the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC), and Alaska Pacific University (APU), Partnering for Native Health Program trains health providers to screen patients for potentially health-harming legal needs ...

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