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Category: Healthy People and Prevention


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 ...


Alaskan plants as food and medicine – Benefits of the fall harvest Alaska Native people have lived in harmony with living things for thousands of years, including our traditional plants. This is the time of the year when our many varieties of berries become ready to pick. Berries and plants harvested in the fall provide an abundance of high-quality nutrients. “Our Alaskan berries are full of fiber and antioxidants like Vitamin C, that help keep our bodies healthy,” Marcia Anderson, ...


Behavioral Health Aides/Practitioners (BHA/Ps) provide critical and ongoing services across Alaska, often with limited on-site resources or support. To help BHA/Ps provide behavioral health services in their uniquely Alaskan context, the Behavioral Health Aide Manual (BHAM) is now available electronically. The BHAM provides fundamental information and best practices for addressing many of the issues and concerns identified during client care visits. It is also intended as a guide for other providers who work with BHA/Ps; it will help providers to ...


Celebrating ANTHC’s 20th year: During 2018, ANTHC is celebrating its 20th year of operations. ANTHC has marked new achievements to improve Alaska Native health care through our Board-led Tribal self-governance and leadership. If you have stories to share about ANTHC or the history of the Alaska Tribal Health System, send an email to news@anthc.org. This story originally ran in the April-June issue of the Mukluk Telegraph. When Tribal health organizations across the state came together to form the Alaska Native ...


For years, Alaska Native leaders negotiated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for permission to serve traditional foods to those who could most benefit from their healing and comforting effects. ANTHC is a long-time advocate for the positive aspects of harvesting and eating traditional foods – and the ability to serve them to our patients and visitors at the Alaska Native Medical Center. ANMC Food and Nutrition Services currently serves a variety of traditional foods to our people who are ...

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