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ANTHC’s efforts have helped make water and sewer service more affordable for the residents of Chevak and Noorvik, two Alaska Rural Utility Collaborative (ARUC) member communities in western Alaska. Monthly water and sewer rates in Noorvik decreased from $175 to $157.50 per month in the last year, while Chevak rates decreased from $165 to $85 per month in the last two years. Reduced energy costs and more customers were key to lowering rates. Both communities saw large cost savings from ...


The ANMC Ophthalmology Clinic recently celebrated Allied Ophthalmic Personnel (AOP) Week, which recognized our highly trained and dedicated ophthalmic technicians. The ANMC Ophthalmology Clinic currently has seven ophthalmic technicians. Six of the ophthalmic technicians are currently Certified Ophthalmic Assistants (COA), with one working on their COA credential. An additional technician is working toward their Certified Ophthalmic Technician credential. Our ophthalmic technicians play an important role in the examination process by working under the direction of board-certified ophthalmologists. Our technicians are ...


Patients now have greater access to their limited health record and health care team thanks to MyHealth. MyHealth is a health management tool provided by Cerner® and a way for patients to access some of their health records online. MyHealth is Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) compliant and provides you with the ability to securely view, store, and share your health information, and conveniently communicate with your health care provider. Organizations of the Alaska Tribal Health ...


The Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation and the ANTHC Injury Prevention program are pleased to present “Thrive! Live Comedy Event” with sketch comedy group the 1491s on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown. The 1491s, a sketch comedy group self-described as, “a gaggle of Indians chock full of cynicism and splashed with a good dose of indigenous satire.” The 1491s have a prominent voice in popular culture and media, including on a Daily Show segment about the use of ...


Join hundreds of Alaskans in celebrating the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout (GASO)! Tobacco users are encouraged to use the date to take an important step toward a healthier life by making a plan to quit, or by planning in advance and quitting tobacco that day. By quitting, even for one day, tobacco users can make significant improvements to their health, such as reducing cancer risk. Here are some helpful tips in becoming tobacco free: Find your reason. Get ...


The fall season often means the return of moose stew, moose burgers and moose meat. Thanks to a generous donation by a local hunter, ANMC patients will get to enjoy these comforting foods that help in the healing process. Joe Schuster, from Sportsman’s Air Service, Alaska Professional Hunting Association Board Member, donated four moose quarters to ANMC’s Traditional Foods Program on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Executive Chef Amy Foote (left), ANMC VP of Professional and Support Services Vivian Echavarria (middle right) ...


When thinking of dangerous household poisons, your first thoughts might be of the old “Mr. Yuck” stickers and cleaning products under the kitchen sink. However, if taken improperly, medications and alcohol can also potentially act as lethal poisons. Accidental poisoning from prescription medications, especially opioids, has been on the rise in Alaska. These harmful poisons are having a devastating impact in our Native community. From 2002-2011, all types of prescription and illicit drugs accounted for 51 percent of poisoning deaths ...


In order to create positive health outcomes, we first must be well informed about the overall health of our people. The Alaska Native Epidemiology Center, also known as the EpiCenter, recently published the second edition of the Alaska Native Health Status Report, which covers a range of health indicators and provides data for Alaska Native people. The report provides a statewide overview of the health status of Alaska Native people living in Alaska. The data can help demonstrate significant health ...


In recent years, Alaska has seen an increase in substance abuse among both adults and adolescents. October’s National Substance Abuse Prevention Month raises awareness of how our state can reduce and prevent substance use and abuse. Healthy Alaskans 2020, a joint project of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, works with local and statewide partners to raise awareness and prevention around important health issues across the state by tracking selected health ...


ANMC’s Magnet nurses provide culturally appropriate, family-centered care in a unique hospital environment, and they are constantly seeking ways to improve the services and care we provide. In an effort to further recognize our nurses for their outstanding work, ANMC partnered with the DAISY Award, an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Congratulations to ANMC DAISY Award honoree, Elizabeth Hesse, RN, in ANMC’s Critical Care Unit (CCU). Hesse ...

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