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Category: Healthy People and Prevention


When Tlingit artist Benjamin Schleifman was presented with the opportunity to create murals for Chilkat, the Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API) adolescent unit, he answered yes without hesitation. “I had no idea what the scope was,” Schleifman said. “It was totally unexpected. When I found out it was for the youth wing and something that was being funded for suicide prevention – something I’ve battled with my entire life – I really just felt the need to do it.” Last year, ...


The effects of suicide reach every corner in Alaska. Help us raise awareness for suicide prevention throughout September during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. ANTHC will participate in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of Darkness Walk on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Chuck Albrecht Ball Fields, 4781 Elmore Road, in Anchorage from noon-2 p.m. ANTHC will have an informational booth from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. along the trail behind the Consortium Office Building, 4000 Ambassador Drive, and will hand out ...


Recently, the ANTHC Tobacco Prevention Program graduated its first cohort of the Online Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training, hosted on ANTHC’s Distance Learning Network. The ANTHC Tobacco Prevention Program worked with our Tribal health partners to offer the online training to reduce the time and cost necessary to participate. The training teaches health care professionals the necessary skills to provide effective, evidence-based interventions for individuals who are ready to quit using tobacco. “If you can help even one person quit tobacco, ...


In the last decade, the ANTHC Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) has steadily grown its reach to provide nutritious food to our Alaska Native people. In its first year, 2008, the FDPIR program shipped an average of 9,000 pounds of food a month to the rural communities it served. Today, through a partnership with the Food Bank of Alaska, the program averages 59,000 pounds a month. To put that into perspective, an adult male moose can weigh anywhere ...


When we’re making a quick trip to the store. Helmets on. When we’re going to bring our auntie some smoked salmon. Helmets on. When we’re scouting a caribou herd for the fall harvest. Helmets on. In Alaska, we use many types of transportation for all kinds of reasons and many of us rely on all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), or four-wheelers, to get from point A to point B. When traveling anywhere, anytime, everyone should wear a helmet – even if it’s ...


Many of us know or have heard a story about the impacts that non-immunized Alaskans, specifically children, have on others. National Immunization Awareness Month is an annual observance held to provide information on the benefits of immunization and the risks of foregoing important recommended immunizations. The State Health Improvement Plan, Healthy Alaskans 2020, works with local and statewide partners to raise awareness about the importance of immunization as an effective means of infectious disease prevention across the state. The associated ...

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