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It has been almost one month since the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation made the hard and right decision to cancel their 2020 Raven’s Ball fundraising event. The annual gala raises awareness and funding for health initiatives that further the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s vision that Alaska Native people are the healthiest people in the world. Funds generated by the Raven’s Ball provide support across the Alaska Tribal Health System for healthy patients, healthy kids and healthy communities. During this ...


ANTHC expanded our testing capabilities and we urge you to seek testing if you have any symptoms that might suggest COVID-19. COVID-19 has not yet reached Alaska in great numbers. We have a chance to take action and slow this virus in our communities. To achieve this, we must detect infections early. COVID-19 may begin with mild common cold symptoms: cough, runny nose, headache and sore throat. These respiratory symptoms can also become more severe with fever, body aches and ...


The COVID-19 pandemic is creating a lot of stress and anxiety in communities around the world. We understand this can be a very stressful time for all Alaskans and especially our rural communities, where medical resources and infrastructure are limited due to geographic isolation. If you or a family member is showing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath), ANTHC recommends getting tested. Earlier this week, ANTHC sent out forty rapid-testing machines and 2,400 coronavirus test kits for use ...


The health, safety and well-being of our people is our top priority. One of the best ways we can prevent the spread of illness as a people is by regularly keeping physical distance between ourselves and others when we must be in public spaces for necessary reasons. According to health officials, physical or social distancing means staying home when you can, avoiding large gatherings (of more than 10 people), and maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from others ...


The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a disease that affects the respiratory system, which primarily includes your lungs and your ability to breathe. Smokers and people using vape pens or e-cigarettes may have less efficient lungs and may be hit harder by breathing issues resulting from the virus. ANTHC and the State of Alaska have resources available for quitting smoking, vaping and other tobacco product use. Contact the Alaska Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) to learn more about free services ...


During the COVID-19 quarantine, people are spending even more time in their homes than usual. Make sure your home stays healthy as well! The most important tips to stay healthy from COVID-19 and other illnesses are to practice routine hand-washing and household cleaning. It is also important to keep the air inside your home healthy while using cleaning products, especially for those with respiratory conditions that affect lungs or breathing such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Many cleaning ...


Want to use your time at home to help protect patients in the hospital? Put your crafting skills to work to combat COVID-19 infection among our hospital community. There are a few ways the community can help to address COVID-19. First, stay home and practice social distancing. If you are not experiencing any symptoms, give blood if possible. Consider making masks for patients and surgical caps for staff.  At this time ANMC has a sufficient supply of surgical masks and ...


In mid-March, Jasmin Akeya escorted her daughter to ANMC for ear surgery. She returned home to Savoonga, where she knew she wasn’t going to be home for very long as she was expecting her third daughter in early April. At the advisement of her medical provider, they made arrangements for her to return to Anchorage to await the arrival of her newest baby. Jasmin traveled back to Anchorage, alone this time, and arrived to Patient Housing late into the evening ...


Spending time in isolation and missing regular support groups and other recovery services can be difficult. Self-isolation can lead to boredom, which can be a trigger for addictive behaviors. The ANTHC Substance Misuse Prevention Program is committed to providing support resources during this time while continuing to celebrate your recovery path through Sobriety Awareness Month. If you are feeling lonely and overwhelmed by COVID-19 news, here are a few suggestions on how to remain connected to friends, family and recovery ...


The Warren Weaver/Richard Penna Award is granted annually by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) in two categories, individual and organization. Recipients are recognized for outstanding voluntary contributions to the advancement of BPS board certification of pharmacists. The award was recently presented to ANMC by Brian Lawson, Senior Director, Professional Affairs and International Engagement with the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. Lawson stated that ANMC was unanimously selected as the 2020 winner for their work to advance health care by promoting ...