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In mid-March, Jasmin Akeya escorted her daughter to ANMC for ear surgery. She returned home to Savoonga, where she knew she wasn’t going to be home for very long as she was expecting her third daughter in early April. At the advisement of her medical provider, they made arrangements for her to return to Anchorage to await the arrival of her newest baby. Jasmin traveled back to Anchorage, alone this time, and arrived to Patient Housing late into the evening ...


Spending time in isolation and missing regular support groups and other recovery services can be difficult. Self-isolation can lead to boredom, which can be a trigger for addictive behaviors. The ANTHC Substance Misuse Prevention Program is committed to providing support resources during this time while continuing to celebrate your recovery path through Sobriety Awareness Month. If you are feeling lonely and overwhelmed by COVID-19 news, here are a few suggestions on how to remain connected to friends, family and recovery ...


If you have symptoms or exposure to COVID-19: If you or a family member has flu-like symptoms (fever, cough or shortness of breath), or believe you may have been exposed to coronavirus, you should: Remain home and call your primary care provider. Calling ahead helps to determine the most appropriate care. Refrain from visiting hospital emergency departments, urgent care or outpatient clinics to avoid spreading the virus. If you need to visit the ANMC Emergency Department with symptoms, call ahead ...


In support of our vision that Alaska Native people are the healthiest people in the world, the Consortium’s Board of Directors established a fund to offer 10 educational scholarships for $5,000 each to qualified Alaska Native and American Indian students who are interested in health care careers. ANTHC will accept applications until April 15, 2020 for the 2020-21 academic year. This scholarship may be used for tuition, books and fees for higher education degrees in the pursuit of an Associates, ...


The Warren Weaver/Richard Penna Award is granted annually by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) in two categories, individual and organization. Recipients are recognized for outstanding voluntary contributions to the advancement of BPS board certification of pharmacists. The award was recently presented to ANMC by Brian Lawson, Senior Director, Professional Affairs and International Engagement with the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. Lawson stated that ANMC was unanimously selected as the 2020 winner for their work to advance health care by promoting ...


Photo above: Stop the Bleed training attendees at Maniilaq Health Center in Kotzebue practice packing a wound. Bleeding is the leading cause of preventable death after injury. In an emergency, someone can bleed to death in as little as three minutes with no intervention. In rural Alaska, the reality of this hits hard, as the isolated locations and lack of medically trained first responders can be a big factor. In many rural Alaska communities, first responders are often your friends ...


Alaskans are coming together to celebrate Sobriety Awareness Month in March. By celebrating sobriety, we are celebrating all individuals in all stages of their recovery path. This month provides an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate those who actively chose to live without using harmful substances. Show your support by wearing a white Sobriety Awareness Ribbon throughout March—free awareness ribbons can be picked up at the ANMC Information Desk and ANTHC’s Healthy Communities Building, Suite 201. The statewide observance educates Alaskans ...


The 2020 Census is underway and every Alaskan counts. It is especially important for Alaska Native people to be accurately counted for the benefit of ourselves, our families, our communities and our Tribes. ANTHC encourages every Alaskan to participate in the 2020 Census. Hospitals, clinics and other health programs across the state rely on accurate data from the census to receive adequate financial assistance to provide care to uninsured, low-income children (Denali KidCare/CHIP), pregnant women, and seniors who meet income ...


Crystal Duncan, Tlingit and an enrolled member of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska, was recently hired as ANTHC’s Regional Liaison for SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). After spending time at ANTHC’s offices in Anchorage learning about the ANTHC resources available, Duncan has returned to Sitka to support patients in her region. Duncan is located on the SEARHC campus in Sitka at 223 Tongass Drive (small house across from Mount Edgecumbe Medical Center). ANTHC’s wide range of services can make ...


On Jan. 21, Lizzie Chimiugak, an Elder from Toksook Bay, was the first person counted in the 2020 U.S. Census: Toksook Bay elder is first person counted in 2020 US census. Now the 2020 Census is officially underway, the counting began with residents in rural Alaska. This once-a-decade population count is used as the basis for distributing more than $800 billion in federal funds annually to states, boroughs, and communities to support resources such as schools, hospitals and fire departments. ...