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Influenza (flu) and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) season is upon us and it is important to take precautionary measures to keep ourselves and those around us healthy and safe from infection. Ensuring you get a flu vaccination, practicing proper hand hygiene and staying home if you are sick will help protect you and those around you.  “The best way you can protect your baby from getting sick is to wash or sanitize your hands before you touch him or her, ...

The Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation (HANF), the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s (ANTHC’s) charitable arm, is currently accepting nominations for the 2023 Luminary Awards. The Luminary Awards recognize individuals and organizations for their dedication and outstanding contributions to the Alaska Tribal Health System and community. This year’s award categories are:  The Luminary Awards Nomination Form can be found on HANF’s website at healthyalaskanatives.org/2023-ravens-ball.The nominations deadline for the 2023 Luminary Awards is 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. All nominations will be ...

Join the ANTHC Board of Directors and Consortium leaders at the ANTHC Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. The meeting will be in-person and also streamed virtually via Zoom. The ANTHC Annual Meeting is an opportunity for our people and our Tribal partners to learn about our work and share feedback with ANTHC leadership. Throughout the year ANTHC works in service to our communities to strengthen the well-being of all. Please join us and learn more about our work and ...

Congratulations to ANMC DAISY Award winner, Ashley Irmen, RN III NC. DAISY Awards are considered from nominations received directly from patients and colleagues. Irmen was nominated by a patient. ANMC’s nurses provide culturally appropriate, family-centered care in a unique hospital environment, and they are constantly seeking ways to improve services and care we provide. In an effort to further recognize the outstanding work of our nurses, ANMC partnered with the DAISY Award, an international program that celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and ...

Every year, the Alaska Native Health Campus observes the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout – an event encouraging smokers to start their journey toward a smoke-free life.  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 for quitting tobacco, including over the phone and virtual consultation.  You can also contact the ANTHC Tobacco Cessation program at (907) 729-4343. ...

We are excited to announce the opening of our new ANMC Outpatient Imaging Center, located at the University Lake Medical Center (ULMC) at 3801 University Lake Drive, Suite 102. This is the same building where the ENT, Ophthalmology and Audiology Clinics, and the Ambulatory Surgery Center are also located.  The new Outpatient Imaging Center is equipped with the latest state-of-the-art imaging equipment and technology, including two MRI machines, a 3 Tesla and a 1.5 Tesla; a dual energy CT machine; ...

A partnership between the Alaska Native Medical Center hospital kitchen and University of Alaska Fairbanks Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center resulted in some delicious traditional foods to help heal our patients.  On Oct. 3, staff from the ANMC kitchen visited the farm in Palmer, where they harvested about 240 pounds of Tlingit and Haida potatoes.  ANMC Executive Chef Amy Foote said the potatoes will be served to our patients to help them heal while staying at the hospital.  “We ...

The Alaska Hospital and Healthcare Association (AHHA) Healthcare Champion Awards are presented each year to encourage, recognize and reward individuals and teams taking progressive and effective steps to improve patient care and outcomes across Alaska. Member health care facilities are invited to submit nominations in the summer, and a committee selects awardees to be honored at AHHA’s annual conference, which was held this year on Sept. 21. Several of Dr. Paton’s colleagues were in attendance to celebrate his achievement. Jake ...

Summer brings internship opportunities to ANTHC’s Division of Environmental and Health and Engineering (DEHE). The program offers undergraduate and graduate engineering and environmental health students a variety of experiences as they work with engineers and community health professionals on projects around the state.  This year, DEHE welcomed six interns who participated on projects, traveled to rural communities and found new inspiration and motivation for their chosen career paths. Jarvie Arnold is currently entering his senior year at South Dakota School of ...

Julia McConkey was recently hired as ANTHC’s regional liaison for the Copper River (Ahtna) area. McConkey grew up in Copper Center (Kluti-Kaah) where she has continued to reside and serve her community. McConkey is eager to lend her knowledge and assistance to the people of her community in this new role. Prior to working for ANTHC, McConkey worked for the Copper River Native Association and helped Tribal members with Purchased Referred Care. As an enrolled member of the Native Village ...