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The Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation will host the 15th annual Raven’s Ball on April 19 and 20. For the safety our partners, the Foundation has transformed the event into the Raven’s Ball Online Auction and Virtual Celebration. The Raven’s Ball raises funds in support of Alaska Native people, Tribes and Tribal Health Organizations. An annual highlight of the event is the presentation of the Luminary Awards. Each year, individuals and groups are recognized for their dedication and outstanding contributions to ...

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and the Vermont Center on Behavior and Health at the University of Vermont (UVM) have a study to help Alaska Native pregnant women stop smoking.  This study is for: Alaska Native women,who are pregnant,smoke cigarettes,are 18 years or older,own a smartphone, andwant to join a study to help them quit smoking. The study will take place during your pregnancy and for six months after your baby is born. We will ask you to do breath ...

The Alaska Native Medical Center was recently reverified as a Level II Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). ANMC was Alaska’s first Adult Level II Trauma Center – first receiving verification in 1999. ANMC first received verification as a Pediatric Trauma Center in 2018. These achievements recognize ANMC’s dedication to providing optimal care for both adult and pediatric ...

Congratulations to ANMC DAISY Award winner, Mary Ann Rowen, NP. DAISY Awards are considered from nominations received directly from patients and colleagues. ANMC’s nurses provide culturally appropriate, family-centered care in a unique hospital environment, and they are constantly seeking ways to improve the services and care we provide. In an effort to further recognize our nurses for their outstanding work, ANMC partnered with the DAISY Award, an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care ...

Alysha Richardson was recently hired as ANTHC’s regional liaison for the Unalaska/Dutch Harbor communities. Richardson was born in Idaho, but has lived in Unalaska for roughly 25 years. Having worked previously with the Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska, Richardson worked alongside the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to her community which she found very rewarding and added to her decision to become a regional ANTHC liaison. In addition, Richardson became very familiar with the Alaska Tribal health system ...

ANMC Purchased Referred Care (PRC) offers limited benefits to eligible Alaska Native and American Indian beneficiaries to help with emergency medical care while traveling outside of Alaska. Patients who meet ANMC’s eligibility criteria and residency requirements qualify. To meet residency requirements, the individual must not have been absent from Alaska for more than 180 days; and intend to live in Alaska indefinitely. Other criteria for eligibility include proof of Tribal enrollment or descent. Legal dependents of beneficiaries, including foster children, ...

Recognizing behavioral health services can be difficult to access in Alaska, ANTHC’s Behavioral Health Wellness Clinic (BHWC) offers patients video telehealth appointments for easy connection to compassionate care in communities across the state from the privacy of their own homes The clinic’s goal is to promote Alaska Native wellness by offering immediate access to culturally attuned and evidence-based behavioral health care. With this telehealth clinic, staff are specifically focused on serving people living in rural and remote areas of the ...

ANTHC and Alaska Pacific University (APU) are again hosting the Alaska Indigenous Research Program (AKIRP) in Anchorage on the APU campus. The theme for the program, which is being held annually in May, is Promoting Resilience, Health and Wellness. AKIRP aims to increase cultural humility and sensitivity of health researchers with emphasis on the importance of Tribally driven and culturally responsive research as well as to support and grow Indigenous researchers and scholars. This free in-person program also offer college ...

Each year the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium recognizes teams andindividuals for their special contributions to ANTHC and the Alaska NativeMedical Center. ANTHC President/CEO Val Davidson announces our employees andteams of the year, and the President’s Service Awardee for 2021. Please join us in congratulating our honorees for their contributions andoutstanding work this past year! The 2021 employees of the year: • Alyssa Krosbakken, ANTHC Grants and Development • Conor Ferguson, ANTHC Human Resources • DeAngelo Hatton, ANMC Patient Housing ...

Even though events and hospital visits may have been postponed over the last few years, colorectal cancer screening is essential and should not be delayed. Alaska Native men and women are two times more likely to get diagnosed with colon cancer than non-Natives. The good news is that colorectal cancer can be prevented through early screening and detection. Alaska Native people should get checked for colorectal cancer starting at age 40, or earlier if you have a family history of ...