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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Alaska Native Medical Center will host activities all month long to help our Alaska Native community learn more about mental health and practice ways to promote mental wellness. Below is a list of events open to public. The month will be split into weekly themes: May 1-5: Speak Up and Motivate May 8-12: Food and Mood May 15-19: Move May 22-26: Laugh and Relax Download a printable PDF of the schedule here.   May ...


National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 23-29, is a time to honor the more than 300,000 medical laboratory professionals across the nation who perform and interpret 10 billion laboratory tests every year that save lives and keep people healthy. The ANMC lab team consists of pathologists, medical technologists, medical laboratory technicians, histologic technicians and laboratory assistant/phlebotomists. They use state-of-the-art technology to detect unknown health problems and aid in the diagnosis and treatment of existing conditions by giving accurate, timely test ...


On April 13, ANTHC Environmental Health and Engineering staff traveled to Seattle, Washington to attend the 4th Annual Arctic Encounter Symposium, the largest annual Arctic policy event in the United States. The two-day symposium, themed Shifting North: A New Era in the Arctic, brought together a number of individuals and nonprofit organizations from Iceland, Greenland, Canada, Russia, Norway, and the United States to discuss developing scientific and geo-political issues concerning the future of the Arctic. Alaska Senators Dan Sullivan and ...


The ANMC Laboratory, Southcentral Foundation Anchorage Native Primary Care Center (ANPCC) Laboratory, and the ANMC Pathology department recently underwent their biennial unannounced inspections by the American Association Blood Banks (AABB) and College of American Pathologists (CAP). The AABB develops standards for blood banks and transfusion services. As an AABB accredited facility, ANMC ensures the quality and safety of our work meet these requirements and there were no deficiencies found in the ANMC Transfusion Service. A few weeks later, a four-member ...


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 winner, Rachel Campanella, RN in the Critical Care Unit and eight-year ...


If you live in rural Alaska and you need medical attention, you go to the clinic and see a community health aide. But if your local environment needs attention, you will want to see a local environmental professional. Across our state, you can find them working in Tribal and city government offices, identified by a variety of titles: environment manager, water plant or solid waste operator, IGAP or Brownfields coordinator. Although they have different titles and different jobs, they all ...


The Raven’s Ball, the signature fundraising event of ANTHC’s Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation, continued its tradition of unique, powerful and entertaining fundraising by raising an estimated $519,184 in sponsorships and cash contributions that will be directed to the unmet health needs of Alaska Native people and the Alaska Tribal Health System. A sellout crowd attended the black-tie gala at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage on March 25. Each spring, the Raven’s Ball raises awareness and funding to further ANTHC’s ...


On April 8, ANTHC was recognized by the American Diabetes Association, Alaska as the recipient of the 2017 Golden Rose Award, an honor for an individual or organization who has made a significant impact in the field of diabetes in Alaska. Key programs of the ANTHC Diabetes Program were highlighted as examples of high-quality care for preventing diabetes and improving the health of people with diabetes. Program staff are a multidisciplinary team of diabetes content experts who work in partnership ...


ANTHC is committed to strengthening our Alaska Native and American Indian workforce and developing future Alaska Tribal Health System leaders. Last summer, Karolyn Ceron from Kodiak worked as a First Alaskans Institute Intern in ANTHC’s Wellness and Prevention department and Alaska Native Epidemiology Center (EpiCenter). During her internship, she helped support both departments in a number of ways including preparing for the Alaskan Plants as Food & Medicine Symposium and conducting a literature review about behavioral economics and incentivizing patient ...


Each spring as part of the ramp-up to construction season around Alaska, ANTHC’s Environmental Health and Engineering leaders host an annual safety conference for construction staff. Along with honing safety knowledge and skills, ANTHC construction personnel share institutional knowledge and recognize staff achievements in projects to serve our rural community partners. The conference was held the week of March 27. Forty-five superintendents, tradesmen, construction managers and project managers were in attendance on any given day during the week. Most of ...

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