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Category: Health Advocacy


Understanding the COVID-19 virus can be confusing and difficult as we continually learn about this virus and how it can be passed along within our communities. This means that the information we have about the virus and how it can be detected with testing and prevention measures can change over time as we learn more. Here is what we know about the risks from COVID-19: Like the flu virus, COVID-19 can affect some people more severely than others.COVID-19 can spread ...


The health, safety and well-being of our people is our top priority. One of the best ways we can prevent the spread of illness as a people is by regularly keeping physical distance between ourselves and others when we must be in public spaces for necessary reasons. According to health officials, physical or social distancing means staying home when you can, avoiding large gatherings (of more than 10 people), and maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from others ...


The 2020 Census is underway and every Alaskan counts. It is especially important for Alaska Native people to be accurately counted for the benefit of ourselves, our families, our communities and our Tribes. ANTHC encourages every Alaskan to participate in the 2020 Census. Hospitals, clinics and other health programs across the state rely on accurate data from the census to receive adequate financial assistance to provide care to uninsured, low-income children (Denali KidCare/CHIP), pregnant women, and seniors who meet income ...


Crystal Duncan, Tlingit and an enrolled member of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska, was recently hired as ANTHC’s Regional Liaison for SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). After spending time at ANTHC’s offices in Anchorage learning about the ANTHC resources available, Duncan has returned to Sitka to support patients in her region. Duncan is located on the SEARHC campus in Sitka at 223 Tongass Drive (small house across from Mount Edgecumbe Medical Center). ANTHC’s wide range of services can make ...


On Jan. 21, Lizzie Chimiugak, an Elder from Toksook Bay, was the first person counted in the 2020 U.S. Census: Toksook Bay elder is first person counted in 2020 US census. Now the 2020 Census is officially underway, the counting began with residents in rural Alaska. This once-a-decade population count is used as the basis for distributing more than $800 billion in federal funds annually to states, boroughs, and communities to support resources such as schools, hospitals and fire departments. ...


Healthy Alaskans is a set of goals to improve the health and wellness of all Alaskans that was originally created in 2000 and is updated every decade. This collaborative partnership between the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is unique in that it is the only state health improvement plan in the nation co-sponsored by state and Tribal governments that share health improvement goals. “This one of a kind partnership ...