During the summer of 2021, the residential area of Stebbins, in northwest Alaska, saw homes throughout the community installed with 10 Mini Portable Alternative Sanitation Systems (PASS).  Watch the following video about the installation of this important new system and the significance of clean water in rural Alaska. You can also view photos and read additional information on the MINI PASS system and its set up here:  https://anthc.org/mukluk-telegraph-summer-2021/#Mini-PASS

Important update for our ANMC Sleep Center Patients who use a Philips Respironics CPAP or BiPAP device for sleep apnea: your device may have been recalled due to possible break-down of sound-insulating foam inside these devices which may cause health problems. Please contact your Durable Medical Equipment provider (or DME, where you get your device supplies) as soon as possible to find out what you should do next about your equipment. You can call Philips at 877-907-7508 for additional help and support.You can visit their ...

The ANTHC Behavioral Health Wellness Clinic (BHWC) is now open! The BHWC is here to meet your everyday behavioral health needs and our goal is to promote Alaska Native and American Indian wellness through compassionate and easy-to-connect to behavioral health services. All services are provided via telehealth online. The BHWC serves Alaska Native and American Indian individuals and families throughout the state of Alaska. Clients will be able to begin care quickly and with minimal paperwork. All services will be provided ...

In early summer 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) relaxed their indoor mask mandates for those individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. However, those relaxed measures do not apply to hospitals, public transit or congregate settings or businesses that still require masks upon entry. There has been some confusion regarding masks and why they are still required upon entry to all Alaska Native Medical Center buildings and clinics. Currently, there is limited data on vaccine protection in people ...

Thanks to modern medicine and Tribal health advancements, many diseases that were once devastating are no longer common in the United States. However, diseases can still spread quickly if we stop vaccinating against them. The 2019 measles outbreaks are a reminder of how quickly diseases can spread when children are not vaccinated. We recognize August as National Immunization Awareness Month and an opportunity to talk about safe, effective immunizations that have saved countless lives. Immunizations for all ages are a ...

Students in the Alaska Dental Therapy Education Program of Iḷisaġvik College started their education in a new instructional facility on the Alaska Native Health Campus last week, marking new growth for the successful program providing oral health care for rural communities. Since 2004, dental health aide therapists have expanded access to oral health care for 40,000 people living in Alaska’s Tribal communities. In August 2020, the program became the first accredited dental therapy program in the United States when it ...

The health, well-being and safety of our patients, their families, and our staff is our top priority and we are working to keep our patients and staff as safe as possible. Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in our community and to reduce the risk of infection and exposure, we are limiting visitors to our inpatient units and emergency department. Effective August 2, there are no visitors permitted in the Emergency Department or to our inpatient units. The goal ...

ANTHC commits to a fully vaccinated workforceThe health and safety of the people we serve, our workforce and our community are the top priority of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. A fully vaccinated workforce is a necessary component of providing a safe workplace as we return to normal operations. To date, the Centers for Disease Control has reviewed the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccinations and has identified these vaccines as an important tool to help stop the spread of ...

Talking to teens about sensitive topics is never easy, but it’s important to talk openly and honestly. Text the word “EMPOWER” to 97779 and you’ll receive weekly tips via text message, covering sexual health, pregnancy, STDs and consent! Discussing relationships, consent, safe dating, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and other topics related to sexual wellness helps to form the skills youth need to express boundaries. You’ll receive up to three text messages per week with conversation starters, tips, video demonstrations ...

Summer in Alaska, means making the most of time spent outdoors, especially fishing and soaking up as much of the midnight sun as we can. While enjoying the outdoors, wearing proper eyewear can help reduce the risk of suffering an eye injury. The majority of freshwater and saltwater fishing-related eye injuries seen at ANMC are preventable with ballistic protective lenses, which are designed to protect your eyes from small projectiles and fragments. Our ophthalmologists recommend protective glasses be used at ...