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Category: Healthy People and Prevention


Since April 11, 2019, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed 555 individual cases of measles in 20 states, with 90 new cases recently reported. U.S. outbreaks are linked to travelers who brought measles back from other countries where large measles outbreaks are occurring. The majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated. There have been no cases of measles reported in Alaska this year as of April 16, 2019. Measles is prevented by the measles, ...


Following the lead of our people than two decades ago, as the Alaska Native Sobriety Movement at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, more Alaskans are celebrating sober living and trying to break down stigmas that might surround sobriety – both for those who are in addiction recovery and those who don’t choose to use drugs or alcohol at all. In Alaska, March has been designated as Sobriety Awareness Month, an opportunity to celebrate living sober, healthy lifestyles and encourage ...


Protecting our families at home is important to us all. While there are many ways people protect their homes from outside threats, there are many things inside our homes that can harm our families. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s Substance Abuse Prevention Program and Injury Prevention Program want you to think about keeping your home and family safe during National Poison Prevention Week, March 17-24. A growing risk to our health is accidental or unintentional poisonings, especially from substances people ...


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 ...


The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) urges hospitals and birthing centers to meet the national standard of care by providing a universal birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine in order to provide infants with protection against the disease from a variety of types of exposures. In 2018, newborns were administered the hepatitis B vaccine before leaving the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) hospital at an average rate of more than 90 percent, protecting them from chronic hepatitis B infection and liver ...


Jumping, dancing and fun await 10,000 Alaskan children from Ketchikan to Kotzebue and all points in between on Feb. 21 – the statewide PLAAY Day, an event celebrating the importance of incorporating physical activity into our daily routines. At 10 a.m. on Feb. 21, elementary-aged students will be led in a series of synchronized exercises and adaptable body movements aimed to keep Alaska children active and healthy. Positive Leadership for Active Alaska Youth, or “PLAAY” Day, partners with ANTHC, University ...

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