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Read the story of Jared Hanson, who was in an ATV crash that was felt by the entire community in Helmets On part 1: Community of New Stuyahok shaken following near-fatal crash. In a vehicle or transportation crash incident, there are three types of damage: to the vehicle, to the human body and to vital internal organs. Traumatic brain injuries are caused by a blow, bump, jolt or other head injury that causes damage to the brain.  From 2012 to ...


Christmas is a cherished time to spend with our family and friends. Many of our patients who are visiting Alaska Native Medical Center for their care come from rural communities across the state and, unfortunately, are away from their loved ones during the holidays. For our patients visiting from out of town, and those in the Anchorage area who would like to join us as we celebrate, each year ANTHC hosts a number of events throughout the holiday season. We ...


Alaska Native leaders, Tribal partners and community members from across the state joined ANTHC’s Board of Directors and executive staff for the Consortium’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the Dena’ina Civic Center in Anchorage. The Annual Meeting is an exciting event that allows us to discuss our accomplishments and challenges in the last year, while also getting a chance to connect and communicate face to face with our people.  This year’s annual report featured the theme “Health Within ...


New Stuyahok sits on the quiet, rolling hills above the Nushagak River in the Bristol Bay region of southwest Alaska. Like many rural areas in the state, New Stuyahok residents rely on skiffs, snowmachines and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) for their subsistence hunts and day-to-day travel within the community. There are trucks in New Stuyahok, but they are about as rare as tall trees on the tundra. As the hunting seasons change, so too do the ways residents reach these lands. ...


While many of the leading health indicators (LHI) in the Healthy Alaskans 2020 have made progress, the following four made significant improvement for both population groupings of All Alaskans and Alaska Native peoples. These improvements come from the hard work of various health and wellness partners across the state who implemented evidence based strategies for each issue. The recommended strategies were created using teams of experts and County Health Rankings to ensure they are the best practices for Alaska specifically ...


Join the ANTHC Board of Directors and Consortium leaders at the ANTHC Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage. The ANTHC Annual Meeting is an opportunity for our people and our Tribal partners to learn about our work and share feedback with ANTHC leadership. The meeting will include an overview of ANTHC accomplishments from fiscal year 2019. There will also be educational displays on various ANTHC programs and our efforts to improve access, quality and ...


The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s largest division, the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC), was recently deemed “Meritorious” for outstanding quality scores in eight surgical care outcome areas. Nationwide, the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) recognized 88 of the 592 eligible hospitals participating in the adult program this year. ANMC was the only hospital recognized in Alaska. ACS NSQIP participating hospitals are required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures in ...


ANMC’s Anesthesia department has grown significantly, recently expanding services and access for our patients. The complexity of surgical cases being seen at ANMC called for innovation in services provided, as well as continued coordination and communication among health care providers. The ANMC Anesthesiology department has nine physician anesthesiologists and 45 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) – three of our anesthesiologists and two CRNAs are Tribal members. In addition to anesthesia services for surgical procedures, the department cares for obstetrics patients ...


When your car starts making a weird noise, how do you determine what the problems are? You first see what warning lights show up, then you might pop the hood and investigate further based on what you see. Those warning lights or indicators of your car’s well-being are similar to the Leading Health Indicators that the Healthy Alaskans project uses to measure the state’s health as a whole. Every decade, the Healthy Alaskans project chooses a certain number of health ...


NOW OPEN: Nominations for the13th Annual Raven’s Ball Luminary Awards The Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s charitable arm, will host the 13th annual Raven’s Ball on Saturday, March 28 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage. The Raven’s Ball is one of Alaska’s premier black tie parties and dynamic fundraising events, and in 2020 we will continue its tradition of philanthropy that benefits the Foundation’s three key initiatives: improving medical care; strengthening wellness and prevention ...