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Category: Healthy Homes and Communities


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 funding for the project, the Denali Commission, ANTHC and NVC are moving quickly into the next phase of the ...


As community water utility systems have aged and climate change challenges have become apparent, the focus on utility sustainability and maintenance operations is an important Alaska Rural Utility Collaborative (ARUC) function. The ARUC Advisory Committee, composed of representatives from ARUC member communities, recently met in Anchorage to discuss sustainable water and sewer system operations, finances and collaborate with community and regional representatives. Arctic boxes (pictured below), which contain water service line connections to homes, were a focal point of the ...


This year, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) is recognizing ANTHC Environmental Health and Engineering’s work to improve the health of Alaska Native people with four awards. The Newtok Relocation to Mertarvik Sustainable Planning Team received an Indian Health Services (IHS) Director’s Award, which recognizes efforts beyond regular duty requirements resulting in significant benefits to IHS programs, customers, or fulfillment of the IHS mission. The project is in the early stages of helping the community of Newtok ...


May 6-12 is National Drinking Water Week and to celebrate the National Tribal Water Center, a program of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, teamed with Alaska Native and American Indian celebrities for the Drink More Water campaign. Visual artist and activist Bunky Echo-Hawk is the first celebrity to be featured in the campaign encouraging our people to enjoy the health benefits that come with drinking water. Here are 10 reasons to Drink More Water! Keeps your skin looking good ...


Health and safety are important aspects of the work done by ANTHC Environmental Health and Engineering, especially on the job. ANTHC Engineering Services and Construction Field Operations group recently held its annual Safety Conference for Construction Field Staff to prepare for the summer construction season. ANTHC construction field staff includes 37 superintendents and other construction trades including electricians, plumbers, mechanics, utility operators and crew leaders. The conference related job safety to the ANTHC vision that Alaska Native people are the ...


Asthma is a chronic disease that causes irritation and swelling of the airways, impacting the lungs and breathing. Asthma can affect Alaska Native people of all ages and in all parts of the state. It is a condition that makes daily activities, such as hunting, fishing or cooking traditional foods, difficult. For some people, asthma is a minor annoyance, but for others, it can be a life-threatening condition. The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Healthy Homes Program helps people recognize ...

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