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In recent weeks, the number of people with active cases of COVID-19 has steadily increased across Alaska (read more at State of Alaska data hub). As COVID-19 infection rates increase, so does the need for medical intervention. As a result, there is an increased number of patients requiring hospitalization at Alaska’s hospitals, including at the Alaska Native Medical Center. Increased spread of COVID-19 has decreased other hospital and public health resources meaning: Fewer hospital beds availableDecreased capacity for public and ...


At the Alaska Native Medical Center, we’ve been busy continuing to care for our people during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve also made some changes since your last visit. The next time you visit our campus, be aware: All patients are screened at the door and asked to wear face coverings. Please bring yours with you.Staff are wearing face coverings at all times.Clinic waiting room spaces are rearranged to ensure proper physical distancing.The rotunda remains closed and other public seating areas ...


Thanks to the generous support of NANA, Akima and the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation (HANF), the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Community Health Aide Program secured supplies and equipment to make 1,000 Elder Self Care Kits to distribute to Alaska Native Elders throughout the state. Each kit contains a small vinyl bag and includes a pulse oximeter to assess oxygen saturation and pulse; a thermometer to assess temperature; a small Vital Signs Card; an Individual Monitoring Log; a mask ...


Missing out on regular activities is a common story across Alaska. As we begin to put dates back on our calendars, remember to put your health care appointments back in too. Chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure don’t take a break during a pandemic. Children still need their well-child visits and immunizations to be protected from diseases. Cancer can still spread undetected and heart attacks can still strike. Your health is important. Protect it now and in the ...


The Mukluk Telegraph is the official newspaper of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. At ANTHC, we are continuously working to protect and care for our community throughout Alaska while we address the COVID-19 pandemic and other health concerns. As of now, the Mukluk has moved from a print edition to an online format. Previously the paper was published quarterly and distributed at no charge to patients, employees and partners of ANTHC statewide. Additionally, we distributed the Mukluk across ANMC ...

ANTHC in the news

June 8, 2020

News and information from ANTHC programs are highlighted in local media recently. In case you missed them: Rhythm, routine, and rituals: How to protect your mental health while self-isolating Traditional knowledge and telehealth in the time of COVID-19 KTUU is featuring a series of Healthcare Heroes, and chose to feature one of our fantastic nurse managers. Read her inspiring story here. ANTHC continues to listen and respond to needs of our Tribal health partners around the state with additional testing ...


Washing your hands and physical distancing are helping us prevent COVID-19 spread, just like keeping up on immunizations helps prevent many other dangerous illnesses. Immunizations are key to maintaining children’s health. From babies to teenagers, if your child is scheduled for a routine vaccination, don’t wait! Well-child visits and routine immunizations are important, especially now. Children keep growing and it’s important that they stay on track with checkups and vaccinations. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and clinics have taken ...


Understanding the COVID-19 virus can be confusing and difficult as we continually learn about this virus and how it can be passed along within our communities. This means that the information we have about the virus and how it can be detected with testing and prevention measures can change over time as we learn more. Here is what we know about the risks from COVID-19: Like the flu virus, COVID-19 can affect some people more severely than others.COVID-19 can spread ...


ANTHC recognizes that people who are experiencing violence in their families and relationships may also be experiencing increased isolation and danger during the COVID-19 health mandates, which require all Alaskans, except critical and essential workers, to remain in their place of residence as much as possible and practice social distancing. Survivors often have specific needs around safety, health, and confidentiality, which are becoming harder to access due to the need for social distancing. However, it is important for all victims ...


It has been almost one month since the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation made the hard and right decision to cancel their 2020 Raven’s Ball fundraising event. The annual gala raises awareness and funding for health initiatives that further the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s vision that Alaska Native people are the healthiest people in the world. Funds generated by the Raven’s Ball provide support across the Alaska Tribal Health System for healthy patients, healthy kids and healthy communities. During this ...