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March 12-18 marked Patient Safety Awareness Week, an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). ANMC’s Quality Department worked to create awareness on campus by utilizing NPSF educational resources to educate hospital staff and patients. This year’s theme was “United for Patient Safety: Every Day is Patient Safety Day.” The focus of the campaign is to highlight and reinforce that everyone within the health care system has a role to ...


The St. Michael water and sewer system froze in mid-January, leaving the entire community without water or sewer service. Local operators, supported by ANTHC’s Alaska Rural Utility Collaborative (ARUC), started thawing water and sewer mains immediately. Unfortunately, it soon became obvious that thawing the entire 10 miles of water and sewer lines would not be possible until early summer. Community leaders, operators and regional partners took action to assist community residents during the crisis. The Bering Straits Regional Housing Authority ...


The ANTHC HIV/STD Prevention program is partnering with the University of Washington STD Prevention Training Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to host the “Prevent, Treat, Educate Conference: Working Together to Reduce HIV, STDs, Viral Hepatitis and TB in Alaska” in Anchorage, May 8-10. Registration is now open at www.pte-conference.eventbrite.com. The conference invites public health professionals and health care providers to learn how to best reach, treat and educate those at greatest risk for HIV and STDs, ...


Whether we live in rural Alaska or a large city center, protecting our families at home is important to us all. While many think of protecting our homes from outside threats, there are many things inside our homes that could harm our families. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s Behavioral Health and ANTHC Injury Prevention want you to think about keeping your home and family safe during National Poison Prevention Week, March 19-25. A growing risk to our health is accidental ...


When the Iditarod starts this weekend, ANTHC will be on the trail through our partnership with ACT on the Trail to support the health and wellness of our Alaska Native people along the route of the Last Great Race. Our partnerships with Alaskans Changing Together (ACT), an initiative for all communities across Alaska to come together with a shared hope and vision for wellness, will have ANTHC staff visiting select communities for pop-up health fairs. For more information about the ...


Our growth at ANMC is not only focused on improving access to care for our people, but also seeks to improve the quality and experience of the care we provide. The ANMC hospital turns 20 years old this fall and over the past several years, our Strategic Access team has been making needed improvements and expansions to the hospital. The latest project is an expansion project of ANMC’s Critical Care Unit (CCU), now underway at the ANMC hospital. The CCU ...


A severe cold snap in January wreaked havoc on several water systems around the state. In the community of Koyuk, water plant operators discovered a frozen raw water line and an underground leak that nearly drained their water storage tank. Their quick action and assistance from ANTHC’s Tribal Utility Support staff helped maintain the system and avoid costly repairs. The frozen line and water leak impeded water flow through the system. Without adequate water circulating through the system, the other ...


Alaska health care providers looking for local continuing education options are now able to participate in the education options offered by the Alaska Federal Health Care Partnership (AFHCP). Featuring guest speakers from across Alaska and the U.S., the AFHCP quarterly offerings are a convenient way for all physicians and health care providers to gain valuable and timely knowledge to improve patient care throughout our state. ANTHC is a member of the Alaska Federal Health Care Partnership network, which means all ...


SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is now live with a shared electronic health record (EHR) system for the organization’s hospital and clinics after the partnership with ANTHC’s Health Information Technology department began last year. SEARHC joins ANMC and other Tribal health partners on the Cerner EHR system, which improves patient care through increased communication between our organizations and providers. For the patients referred to care at ANMC or seen by ANMC specialists at field clinics, the shared electronic health ...


The Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation is gearing up for its biggest annual event: The Raven’s Ball. The 10th annual Raven’s Ball is Sat., March 25, at the Hotel Captain Cook. This event is one of Alaska’s premier black-tie 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. An annual highlight of the Raven’s Ball is the ...

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