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This story was originally published in the April-June 2018 issue of the Mukluk Telegraph. Read it and others online by clicking here.   This year, the Community Health Aide Program turns 50! Alaska Community Health Aides and Practitioners (CHA/Ps) are the frontline of health care in their communities. For many people living in rural areas, CHA/Ps are providing the preventative care that is helping to improve the health of all Alaska Native people. Establishing the Community Health Aide Program The ...


The Alaska Native Medical Center hospital recently received the Get With The Guidelines®-Resuscitation Silver Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association (AHA) for the treatment of patients who suffer cardiac arrests in the hospital. According to the AHA, more than 200,000 adults and children have an in-hospital cardiac arrest each year. The Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation program was developed with the goal to save lives of those who experience in-hospital cardiac arrests through consistently ...


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 ...


The Alaska Native Medical Center was recently verified as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes ANMC’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured pediatric patients. “Injury is the leading cause of death and disability for Alaska Native children,” said Dr. Frank Sacco, ANMC Chief of Surgery. “As a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, ANMC ...


In just two years, the ANTHC Palliative Care Program has taken many steps to ensure that our Alaska Native people have access to resources in order to receive the care they choose. For their efforts, the program has been honored with the Indian Health Service Director’s Award for extending Advance Care Planning resources to the Alaska Tribal Health System. According to IHS, the award “recognizes service significantly advancing the IHS mission and goals through work focused on IHS priorities: People, ...


ANTHC’s pharmacists continually go above and beyond to provide the best care to our people. The ANTHC Pharmacy Team and two ANTHC pharmacists were recently recognized for their outstanding efforts by the Indian Health Service (IHS). The ANTHC Pharmacy Team won the national IHS Fostering Relationships Award for providing Nighthawk Inpatient Pharmacy Services in conjunction with Norton Sound Health Corporation (NSHC) and SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). Through the partnership between NSHC and ANTHC pharmacies and SEARHC and ANTHC ...


On June 1, 1998, Tribal health in Alaska changed dramatically when the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) signed a contract to assume responsibility for the operations of the majority of the Indian Health Service Alaska Area office’s programs. After decades of fighting for self-governance, Alaska Native people now controlled our health care. In June 1998, ANTHC began management of Community Health Services, professional recruiting for positions across the Tribal health system, business office services, and maintenance and improvement funds ...


May is National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month, which acknowledges hardworking critical care health care staff. Every day, our pediatric and adult Critical Care teams make a difference in the lives of our patients and their families. ANMC’s Inpatient Pediatrics has a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with 12 beds, and four dedicated beds in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), which can flex up to eight beds if needed. A pediatric hospitalist and specialized nurses care ...


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 ...


To help improve the quality of care for our people, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium offers ongoing educational opportunities for providers across the state. One such opportunity was a free provider training for the care of burn patients. ANTHC, in cooperation with the University of Washington Regional Burn Center at Harborview Medical Center, hosted the Care and Management of the Alaskan Burn Patient: A learning symposium for health care providers to improve patient outcomes. The symposium was May 7-8 at ...

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