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We Once Were Here

November 11, 2019

The town of Newtok, Alaska, named for the vast delta grasses and the sound they make in wind, clearly hears another sound: the river. Newtok, Yup’ik for “rustling of the grass,” is located within the 19 million-acre Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, a spongy lowland dotted with rivers, sloughs, streams and lakes. Water is everywhere. When it was established in the 1940s, Newtok was well inland, located near a sweeping bend of the Ninglick River. However, over the last 40 ...


Join the ANTHC Board of Directors, Consortium leaders and program directors at the ANTHC Annual Meeting on Monday, Dec. 2 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage. The ANTHC Annual Meeting is an opportunity for our people and our Tribal partners to learn about our work and share feedback with ANTHC leadership. The meeting will include an overview of ANTHC accomplishments from fiscal year 2019. There will also be educational displays on various ANTHC programs and our efforts to improve access, ...


Bleeding is the leading cause of preventable death after injury. In an emergency, someone can bleed to death in as little as three minutes before help arrives. Due to the vast geography of our state and our penchant for outdoor activities, Alaskans tend to live pretty adventurous lives – which puts us at a higher risk for injury. Unfortunately, we also live in a world where mass shootings and terrorist attacks are real threats to us all. Why not be ...


What are the things that indicate good health? We might think of good health as eating traditional foods, exercising, or getting the flu shot. We might also think of poor health indicators that we want to avoid, such as being in the hospital, getting injured, or having an illness like cancer or diabetes. Looking at these health indicators are just a few of the ways the Healthy Alaskans program is helping improve health for all Alaskans. Healthy Alaskans is a ...


Karolyn Ceron, was recently hired as ANTHC’s Regional Liaison for the Kodiak Area Native Association. After spending a few weeks at ANTHC’s offices in Anchorage learning about the ANTHC resources to support Tribal members, she returned to Kodiak to support her people. Ceron, an enrolled member of the Sun’aq Tribe and shareholder of Koniag and Afognak Native Corporation, is located in the KANA main building in Kodiak. ANTHC recognized the need to better support our partners by providing service locally. ...


After a successful first year as a direct host site for AmeriCorps VISTA members, ANTHC is again hosting VISTAs who will support our vision that Alaska Native people are the healthiest people in the world. AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members devote a year of their time to tackling pressing issues in rural communities impacted by poverty. This year, ANTHC hosts seven members who will work on projects spanning the state. They will work with a variety of ...


Missed appointments increase costs and delays for the Alaska Tribal Health System. We all make our medical appointments for health care with the best intentions to be there on time. But sometimes things come up, and we skip our appointment or show up late. No harm done, right? Unfortunately, missed appointments or late arrivals have a broader reach than just one appointment and your own health care needs. Missed and late appointments also harm our health system, fellow community members ...


NOW OPEN: Nominations for the13th Annual Raven’s Ball Luminary Awards The Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s charitable arm, will host the 13th annual Raven’s Ball on Saturday, March 28 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage. The Raven’s Ball is one of Alaska’s premier black tie parties and dynamic fundraising events, and in 2020 we will continue its tradition of philanthropy that benefits the Foundation’s three key initiatives: improving medical care; strengthening wellness and prevention ...


Flu season is upon us in Alaska and it’s time to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones. Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself, your family and your community from the flu. If you live in the Anchorage area, the ANMC Anchorage Native Primary Care Center (ANPCC) is hosting a flu vaccine clinic every Saturday in October (Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26). The ANPCC is located right ...


Community. Culture. Connections. In Kwethluk, Alaska, a larger-than-life painting celebrates all this and more. The colorful mural is the result of a nationwide project called Water is Life and is one of many pieces of art that have sprung up in Tribal community centers and on water storage tanks in communities in Alaska and Montana. The murals are a celebration of the importance of water in Alaska Native and American Indian traditions and history. But it is not the only ...