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Chew on this: A new study released by the University of Washington shows that children in our Alaska Native communities who are served frequently by Dental Health Aide Therapists (ADTEPs) had lower rates of tooth extractions and more preventative care than residents in communities not receiving ADTEP services. ADTEPs provide culturally appropriate dental education and routine dental services in Alaska Native communities, usually their home village, within the scope of their training. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium introduced the first ...


Recently, a State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin was released that details patterns in life expectancy in Alaska from 1990 to 2015. The Bulletin was published with information from ANTHC’s Alaska Native Epidemiology Center and examines the racial disparities in life expectancy in Alaska Native and American Indian people, and non-Alaska Native or American Indian people in the state. The electronic Bulletin can be found at http://www.epi.alaska.gov/bulletins/docs/b2017_20.pdf. The good news for the health of all Alaskans is that a slow but ...


This month, multiple cases of laboratory-confirmed mumps have been reported to the Alaska Section of Epidemiology, originating in Anchorage. Alaska public health officials believe there is potential for wider community exposure, putting non-immune individuals at risk for infection. Mumps has caused several large outbreaks in the US recently. Mumps is prevented by the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Two doses of MMR are recommended for all children; the first dose at 12-15 months and the second dose at 4-6 ...


On July 28, ANTHC Pharmacy staff was recognized for its commitment to patient safety with a National Director’s award from the Indian Health Service (IHS). The National Director’s award of the IHS recognizes individuals or groups of employees whose special efforts and contributions, beyond regular duty requirements, have resulted in significant benefits to IHS programs, priorities, or customers and fulfillment of the IHS mission. “I couldn’t be prouder of the pharmacy staff at ANTHC and the wide array of services ...


ANMC’s Magnet nurses provide culturally appropriate, family-centered care in a unique hospital environment, and they are constantly seeking ways to improve the services and care we provide. In an effort to further recognize our nurses for their outstanding work, ANMC partnered with the DAISY Award, an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Congratulations to ANMC DAISY Award recipient, Kim Tantanella, RN on ANMC’s fifth floor Medical-Surgical Unit. Tantanella ...


Each year, the Alaskan Plants as Food and Medicine symposium, hosted by ANTHC’s Health Promotion program, helps promote traditional plant knowledge, ethical harvesting and traditional ways of gathering and growing our own food. This is an important way to share our traditional knowledge; as the reliance upon imported foods has increased over recent generations and as educational dynamics have shifted, a gap in the knowledge, skills and practice related to Alaskan plants as food and medicine has widened. This year, ANTHC ...


Residents of the Southwest Alaska community of Eek now have residential water service for the first time, thanks to a new community water distribution and low-pressure sewer collection system construction project by ANTHC with our community and funding partners. This project has developed over the last 12 years through many phases. Prior to the current project phase, a new sewer lagoon was built and a new water intake into the Eek River was installed. Previous additions also include a new ...


Knowing the right immunization schedule for you and your family can help keep you protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. ANTHC works with statewide partners to support the health and wellness of our people, such as the statewide Healthy Alaskans 2020 initiative, which monitors leading health indicator data. Healthy Alaskans 2020 encourages and supports work with local and statewide partners to increase the proportion of Alaskans who are protected from vaccine-preventable infectious diseases. National Immunization Awareness Month is an annual observance held ...


The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s HIV/STD Prevention Program is launching a new Alaska Native Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer (LGBTQ) Initiative as part of its www.iknowmine.org outreach and education efforts. iknowmine is an statewide health and wellness resource website for Alaska Native youth, parents, educators and providers. The goal of this new initiative is to help develop educational materials, prevention messages, programs and resources for Alaska Native youth and adults who identify as LGBTQ and their health care ...


Dr. Renee Steffen, DNP, RN, recently joined ANMC as Chief Nurse Executive. Steffen has more than 30 years of strong leadership experience within both small rural and large urban health care facilities, providing demonstrated success in identifying patient needs and uncovering potential problem areas through assessment and analysis and implementing innovative solutions to meet those needs. Steffen has been a nurse since 1981. She received her Master of Nursing, Clinical Nurse Specialist, in 1991 and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice ...

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