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ACT on the Trail is back supporting the health and wellness of our Alaska Native people along the route of the Last Great Race. For the second-straight Iditarod season, ANTHC is pleased to partner with Alaskans Changing Together (ACT), an initiative for all communities across Alaska to come together with a shared hope and vision for wellness. Led by two Kotzebue Iditarod mushers, Katherine Keith and John Baker, the aim of ACT on the Trail is to empower Alaskans to ...


ANTHC’s work in promoting healthy homes and communities involves many aspects of public health infrastructure that support the health of our people. Our Environmental Health and Engineering work began with health prevention through access to water and sewer, and has evolved to understand the complete needs for community wellness. This progress with our community partners has adapted over the years to include a new approach to project planning. ANTHC, along with funding and agency partners, is in development of a ...


Every year, nearly 1,700 babies are born at ANMC. The safety and health of every baby delivered at our hospital is important and we want to provide families who choose to deliver at ANMC with the best resources to ensure the well-being of their child. With help from a generous Rasmuson Foundation grant for ANMC’s Family Birthing Services, ANTHC’s Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation funded 1,700 HALO SleepSack Swaddle wearable blankets for the infants born here in one year. The HALO ...


On Jan. 25, board members from the Maniilaq Association and Kotzebue Electric Association (KEA) conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the completion of an innovative energy project constructed in cooperation with ANTHC. The Maniilaq Health Center, located in Kotzebue and the region’s only hospital, is now experiencing the cost- and energy-saving benefits of its new wind-to-heat energy system. The new system utilizes excess wind energy from KEA’s 3-megawatt wind turbine farm and directs this extra energy to a 450-kilowatt ...


Heart disease is the number one killer of people in the U.S. and affects Alaska Native and American Indian people at even higher rates than the national average. February is American Heart Month and the month brings focus to the American Heart Association’s work to save lives and beat heart disease. The death rate from heart disease in the U.S. has fallen dramatically since the 1960s; however, despite this progress, heart disease remains a leading cause of death for both ...


ANTHC staff with the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center participated in and provided technical assistance at a multi-day gathering Jan. 17-19 in Bethel. This event was sponsored by the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation’s Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative project, Calricaraq. This homegrown program funded by the Indian Health Service aims to stimulate discussion and reflection on trauma, specifically substance abuse, suicide and violence. It draws on the wisdom of Elders, Yup’ik values, and stories of overcoming trauma from staff, Elders and other ...


On Thursday, Feb. 23, Alaska children are invited to participate in PLAAY Day, which kicks off with Alaska’s first simultaneous student physical activity event. Schools and other youth organizations are invited to participate from 10 to 10:30 a.m. in a synchronized exercise routine that will be broadcast from ANTHC’s Anchorage office. For more information, visit http://plaay.org/plaay-day/. ANTHC is also supporting the PLAAY (Positive Leadership for Active Alaskan Youth) Summit Feb. 24-25 in Anchorage. This conference is a tremendous opportunity for ...


The Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s (ANTHC) charitable arm, will host the 10th annual Raven’s Ball on March 25 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage. The Raven’s Ball is one of Alaska’s premier black tie celebrations and dynamic fundraising events. This year’s ball will continue a tradition of success that benefits the Foundation and its three key initiatives: improving medical care; strengthening wellness and prevention efforts; and promoting healthy village environments. A highlight of ...


ANTHC partners with a variety of educational programs to bring the best professionals into our Tribal health system. In 2016, ANTHC and our Tribal health partners welcomed two physicians from the University of Washington Global and Rural Health Fellowship, a new program designed to provide clinical training and education in traditionally underserved health care systems. ANTHC’s partnership for this new program with the University of Washington (UW) began in 2015. Recognizing that physicians in internal medicine or emergency medicine rarely ...


ANTHC’s Rural Energy Initiative was recently awarded a National Director’s award from the Indian Health Service for its energy efficiency project work to improve the sustainability and reduce operating costs of rural sanitation systems and health care facilities across Alaska. The program was recognized for its accomplishments in identifying and implementing energy efficiency and renewable solutions through partnerships with rural communities, funding agencies and utility companies. The Rural Energy Initiative brings substantial benefit to the IHS portfolio of public health ...

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