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Category: Healthy Homes and Communities


With cold weather encouraging people to stay inside near a warm fire, now is a good time to think about how the proper maintenance of our woodstoves can protect our safety and health, as well as the longevity of the stove. It’s important to keep tabs on what you are burning and how it burns. For instance, a black, soot-filled window on your woodstove can be an indication that maintenance is needed, or burning practices need to be changed. A ...


In mid-2018, the Northwest Arctic Borough (NAB) partnered with ANTHC and Maniilaq Association to create a regional utility assistance program known as the Community Utility Assistance Program (CUAP). The program has ambitious goals to make water and sewer affordable, reduce water/sewer system emergencies, provide training and support for operators and administrators, and help communities become more competitive for construction grants. Data from the first six months of this partnership is encouraging. Nine of 10 communities in the borough joined the ...


Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that can be a serious health hazard among people who are constantly exposed. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., after smoking. During January’s Radon Action Month, our Alaska Native people are encouraged to learn more about radon, which is formed through the decay of uranium beneath the earth’s surface. It escapes through soil and can seep into homes that are built directly on the ground, have basements, or ...


This story was one of ANTHC’s top news items in 2018. The original story was published in January 2018. As of 2017, 42 communities and more than 3,000 Native households in rural Alaska still lack sanitation infrastructure and access to safe drinking water. Even though steady progress has been made since 1970 in providing modern piped infrastructure to rural communities, these unserved communities and households are still reliant on the honey bucket. For 31 Alaska communities, new challenges to providing ...


This story was one of ANTHC’s top news items in 2018. The original story was published in June 2018. Press release from the Denali Commission, www.denali.gov. Related story from ANTHC: Mertarvik relocation project ramps up as ANTHC staff visit Newtok. The Newtok Village Council (NVC) has signed a resolution selecting the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) as overall manager of the project to relocate the village of Newtok to new safer ground at Mertarvik. With new federal and state ...


Recently, ANTHC construction crews installed a new ocean sewer outfall on the coast of Sand Point in the Aleutians East Borough. A sewer outfall is a large pipe anchored to the bottom of the ocean that disperses treated sewage a safe distance away from a community. Built in the 1980s, Sand Point’s original outfall anchors failed and caused it to float twice, making replacement necessary. Typically, outfalls are assembled 20 feet at a time on the shore from where the ...

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