The Spring 2021 Mukluk Telegraph newspaper is now online!Featuring these stories: ANMC staff celebrates our nurses!ANMC Surgical System technologyMental Health Awareness Month activities Also, check out these health tips: ATV SafetyBoating Safety Or this recipe for bok choy with moose stir-fry and a special recap of the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation’s Raven’s Resilience Celebration. The Mukluk Telegraph is the official newspaper of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. We are continuously working to protect and care for our community throughout Alaska while we address the COVID-19 pandemic and ...

Wellness includes having a positive purpose in life, satisfying work, play, joyful relationships, a healthy body, living environment, and happiness. To honor May as Mental Health Awareness Month, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium will promote wellness activities to improve both mental and physical health! Starting Monday, May 3, these activities will be located on ANTHC’s website at https://anthc.org/mentalhealthawareness/ along with a digital activity toolkit. Be sure to follow ANTHC on Facebook and Instagram to join in and recognize Mental Health Awareness Month. WEEK 1: MAY ...

The Alaska Native Medical Center recently purchased technology that allows additional capabilities in our operating room, allowing for minimally invasive surgical procedures for our patients. The da Vinci XI Surgical System, also referred to as a surgical robot, assists surgeons with laparoscopic surgery, allowing them to do more detailed, complex surgeries. When a patient has a minimally invasive surgical procedure, it often means less pain and pain medications, shorter recovery times, reduced hospital stays, and getting back to their daily ...

Being a nurse under normal circumstances is hard work. And during this last year, working as a nurse during the COVID-19 pandemic added multiple unique challenges. Nurses at the Alaska Native Medical Center provide high-quality, patient-and-family-centered care. Our nurses display their commitment and excellence through professional development, evidence-based practice, and innovations in their professional nursing practice at ANMC. And in addition to their work and education, many of ANMC’s nurses participate in shared governance which shapes the work they do ...

This year’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is on April 24. In line with this national event, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s Substance Misuse Prevention Program is committed to assisting rural Alaskan communities to develop local solutions to address and prevent the misuse of unused or expired medication.  FREE safe medication disposal bags and buckets are available for immediate shipment at iknowmine.org/shop. Safe medication disposal products are a great solution to safely dispose of old, expired, or unused medicines and ...

Chief Clinical Consultants are appointed by the Chief Medical Officer of the Indian Health Service (IHS) to serve as advocates for improved patient care across the Indian health care system for a term of three years. Commander (CDR) Molly Rutledge, ANMC Speech and Language Pathologist in the Pediatrics Department, received her Master of Arts degree in speech-language pathology (SLP) from the School of Health Professions at the University of Kansas and completed her clinical fellowship year in Ewa, Hawaii. She ...

The Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation will host the 14th annual Raven’s Ball this spring. This year the Foundation has transformed the gala into a virtual event we call the Raven’s Resilience Celebration. The celebration will take place online and run for three full days, April 20-22.  The event raises funds in support of Alaska Native people, Tribes and Tribal health organizations in three priority areas – Healthy Patients, Healthy Kids, and Healthy Communities. A highlight of the event is the ...

Starting Monday, April 12, the ANMC COVID-19 testing call center will change its hours to noon to 4 p.m. daily. Patients should only expect to be contacted with positive COVID-19 test results All patients can continue to access their test results via the MyHealth online portal at any time once they register. If you have not received a result, the call center can be reached at (907) 729-2999 during the new hours of noon to 4 p.m. Testing for COVID-19 ...

Approximately 3,300 homes in over 30 communities in rural Alaska lack in-home piped water, leading to low in-home water use. Community facilities, such as washeterias, help bridge gaps in household water access where piped water may not be immediately accessible. Washeterias are core and essential community facilities that play an important role in critical hygiene activities, such as bathing and laundry, for these locations and help increase sufficient water usage to protect health. Ease of water access and increased usage ...

Small changes can make a big impact for you and your family. Choose healthy drinks for a variety of healthy lifestyle benefits.One of the easiest changes to make is to swap out sugar-sweetened beverages for healthier drinks such as water.  By choosing water more often, we can prevent tooth decay, diabetes and obesity.When focusing on health, parents often try to switch out sugary foods but are often unaware of how much added sugar their children (and themselves) are consuming through what we drink. ...