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A new study published today indicates that successful ongoing vaccination efforts appear to have nearly eliminated hepatitis A virus infections among the Alaska Native population in Alaska. Hepatitis A is a short-term liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. Adults are more at risk than children of developing severe illness, which can cause liver failure and even lead to death. Before the introduction of an effective vaccine in the 1990s, the hepatitis A infection rate was high in the ...


Intro note: As we begin to put dates back on our calendars, remember to put your health care appointments and preventive screenings back in too. ANMC has safely reopened its specialty care clinics for cancer screenings and other health care needs difficult to complete over telehealth video appointments. Call your provider about options available and learn about what we’re doing to keep patients and staff safe during COVID-19. This story shares the importance of early colorectal cancer screening for Alaska ...


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 ...


What are the things that indicate good health? We might think of good health as eating traditional foods, exercising, or getting the flu shot. We might also think of poor health indicators that we want to avoid, such as being in the hospital, getting injured, or having an illness like cancer or diabetes. Looking at these health indicators are just a few of the ways the Healthy Alaskans program is helping improve health for all Alaskans. Healthy Alaskans is a ...


On Monday, Aug. 19, representatives from the National Institute of Health (NIH) programs visited the Consortium where staff from clinical and research services facilitated a presentation and panel discussion focused on issues ranging from mental health to suicide prevention to research training and career development. Principal researchers and research administrators from ANTHC, University of Alaska Anchorage and University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Pacific University and the FAST lab at APU co-sponsored the event. Panel members provided participants with opportunities to ...


Gastric cancer, commonly known as stomach cancer, is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the lining of the stomach. Alaska Native people experience higher rates of gastric cancer than other groups in the United States. This past July, the Consortium hosted a two-day panel of Alaska Native community leaders, health care providers and gastric cancer experts from around the globe. The goal of the meeting was to identify the best methods to combat the disease Alaska Native ...