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Today, the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), which accredits all U.S. education programs for dentists and dental hygienists, granted accreditation to a dental therapy education program for the first time, acknowledging the successful program at Iḷisaġvik College in Utqiaġvik. This is a victory for community-driven and equity-focused health policy, which instead of imposing solutions on communities, lifts up the solutions communities devise for themselves. Dental therapists are now working or authorized in at least some settings in ...


The State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) are pleased to announce that the draft state health improvement plan, Healthy Alaskans 2030, is now open for public comment on the State of Alaska Public Notice website at http://notice.alaska.gov/199049 until Sept. 2, 2020, at 5 p.m. Healthy Alaskans is a long-standing partnership and joint effort of DHSS and ANTHC to provide data-driven objectives for ambitious — yet achievable — goals ...


Please join us at our Raven’s Resilience Online Auction!Raven’s Resilience Online Auction is a virtual auction hosted by the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation in lieu of our annual Raven’s Ball Gala. The auction will raise funds for the purchase of five to seven neonatal cardiac heart monitors for the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC). The neonatal cardiac monitors provide essential medical information and make it easier to identify key vital signs, which allows for faster recognition and response from the ...


Thank you to ANTHC staff member Danielle Larsen for sharing her first-hand experience with COVID-19. The story below is shared with her permission to help raise awareness about how easily this virus can be spread and precautions she recommends our community members take. Let me first tell you, I always wore a mask when I left my house and religiously used hand sanitizer. I work in health care and knew all the precautions to take after months of creating materials ...


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 ...


Intro note: As we begin to put dates back on our calendars, remember to put your health care appointments and preventive screenings back in too. ANMC has safely reopened its specialty care clinics for cancer screenings and other health care needs difficult to complete over telehealth video appointments. Call your provider about options available and learn about what we’re doing to keep patients and staff safe during COVID-19. This story shares the importance of early colorectal cancer screening for Alaska ...


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 ...


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 ...