Healthcare is one of Alaska’s fastest growing industries. Because of the state’s lack of infrastructure and its rural nature Alaska’s healthcare systems have found innovative solutions to some of these challenges including telemedicine, healthcare exchanges, traveling healthcare professionals, and mobile clinics. It’s widely acknowledged that healthcare costs are high in Alaska and the state’s key stakeholders continue to explore methods to lower healthcare costs.
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Lower coronavirus case rates in Mat-Su coupled with the availability and effectiveness of vaccines allowed reopening.
The Vaccine Rollout in Rural Alaska—Coordination and Communication Made Getting Back to Business Possible
According to Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges, the planning, coordination, communication, and dedication that made vaccine distribution in rural Alaska a success story is striking.
A signed parental/guardian consent form is required for youth age 12 to 17 to be vaccinated, and the presence of a parent/guardian is preferred.
Vaccine Week will bring free, accessible vaccine clinics, prizes, and celebratory events to Anchorage during the first week of May. We’re going to #DoItForSummer.
These grants represent a significant step in efforts led by the Trust, in partnership with the Alaska Department of Health and Human Services and community partners, to improve systems that respond to Alaskans in crisis.
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Alaska Problems Require Alaska Solutions
On January 16, a fire destroyed the water plant and washeteria in the southwest Alaska village of Tuluksak. For the village of about 350 people, it was a devastating blow. The water plant was the only source of drinking water in the village, in which the primarily Yup’ik residents lack indoor plumbing and rely on honey buckets, not uncommon in the flat, swampy region.