Elizabeth Aarons, RN wins the AFN Health AwardDecember 8, 2022
Congratulations to Elizabeth Aarons, Iñupiaq, ANTHC Registered Nurse, on receiving the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Health Award! Aarons is a registered nurse in the Alaska Native Medical Center’s Oncology and Infusion Center. For more than two years, she was a supervisor and frontline health care worker for the CDC Foundation and contracted to work at ANMC’s COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing Program.
This award is given to an Alaska Native in the health field who has improved the health outcomes of Native people through their competence and commitment. Aarons was nominated by Bering Straits Native Corporation and recognized at the 2022 AFN Convention.
Aarons demonstrated her commitment to Alaska Native people’s health and well-being by working long hours and sacrificing time to lead testing and contact tracing efforts. Aarons has worked diligently throughout the pandemic under challenging conditions to ensure the health and safety of Alaskans. Aarons continues to demonstrate a dedication to providing the best health care to Indigenous people. Her objective in life is to increase quality of life for all Alaskans, through self-empowerment on an individual, community and policy level. Aarons is an enrolled Tribal member of the Native Village of Unalakleet.