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ANTHC in the news

June 8, 2020

News and information from ANTHC programs are highlighted in local media recently. In case you missed them: Rhythm, routine, and rituals: How to protect your mental health while self-isolating Traditional knowledge and telehealth in the time of COVID-19 KTUU is featuring a series of Healthcare Heroes, and chose to feature one of our fantastic nurse managers. Read her inspiring story here. ANTHC continues to listen and respond to needs of our Tribal health partners around the state with additional testing ...


Washing your hands and physical distancing are helping us prevent COVID-19 spread, just like keeping up on immunizations helps prevent many other dangerous illnesses. Immunizations are key to maintaining children’s health. From babies to teenagers, if your child is scheduled for a routine vaccination, don’t wait! Well-child visits and routine immunizations are important, especially now. Children keep growing and it’s important that they stay on track with checkups and vaccinations. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and clinics have taken ...


Understanding the COVID-19 virus can be confusing and difficult as we continually learn about this virus and how it can be passed along within our communities. This means that the information we have about the virus and how it can be detected with testing and prevention measures can change over time as we learn more. Here is what we know about the risks from COVID-19: Like the flu virus, COVID-19 can affect some people more severely than others.COVID-19 can spread ...


ANTHC recognizes that people who are experiencing violence in their families and relationships may also be experiencing increased isolation and danger during the COVID-19 health mandates, which require all Alaskans, except critical and essential workers, to remain in their place of residence as much as possible and practice social distancing. Survivors often have specific needs around safety, health, and confidentiality, which are becoming harder to access due to the need for social distancing. However, it is important for all victims ...


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 ...