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ANTHC’s Lieutenant Max Goggin-Kehm Earns Ian K. Burgess Young Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Engineer of the Year Award


Lieutenant Max Goggin-Kehm receives Ian K. Burgess Young Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Engineer of the Year award.

Photo Courtesy of ANTHC

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Associate Engineer Lieutenant Max Goggin-Kehm was recently named the Ian K. Burgess Young Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Engineer of the Year for his energy efficiency upgrades and emergency response work with rural Alaska water and sewer systems. This award recognizes U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) engineer officers that have demonstrated exemplary work that supports the mission of the USPHS. Lieutenant Goggin-Kehm’s innovative and hands-on work embodies the mission of USPHS, Indian Health Service and the unique work and vision of ANTHC.

In the past year, Goggin-Kehm managed teams of plumbers, electricians and local laborers and executed projects in Chevak and Savoonga while also supporting emergency response efforts following flooding in Kotlik, all of which improved sanitation facilities and services for more than 2,500 Alaskans.

A one-time Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, Goggin-Kehm is originally from Wisconsin. He moved to Alaska to work for ANTHC five years ago and splits his time between the office and the field, where he sees his ideas come to life.

“A lot of the engineers sit behind a desk and do a lot of work on computers – it’s a necessity of the job,” he said. “But really getting out to the communities and working with the operators is by far the most rewarding part of the job. It’s cool to see the final product come together and see the impact of the jobs you worked on for a long time. It’s also nice having the knowledge that I am making a direct impact on people’s lives.”

Goggin-Kehm says that for as long as he can remember, he always enjoyed putting things together and figuring out how things worked. That curiosity led him to become an engineer who is now known for his innovative ideas, non-stop energy and passion for his work.

“Max is a phenomenal engineer and a really caring person, and that comes together to help our communities,” explained John Nichols, ANTHC’s Alaska Rural Utility Collaborative Manager. “Max’s heart is in whatever he does. He takes his design experience and his hands-on experience to make some really excellent designs.”

Goggin-Kehm added, “We have a monumental task that we are trying to accomplish at ANTHC, and we are being successful in preventing diseases, keeping people out of the hospital and providing a good, healthy basis for communities to grow.”

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