Rural public health

YKHC consists of a regional hospital in Bethel. Photo Courtesy of YKHC.
Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation operates a regional hospital in Bethel. (Photo courtesy of YKHC)

Access to health care in rural Alaska can be a challenge. Many regions have no local clinics or hospitals and residents rely on community health aides or telemedicine for treatment for non emergencies. An expensive flight may be the only option for more critical conditions. How will reductions in medicaid and other funds affect health in rural communities? We’ll discuss it on the next Talk of Alaska.

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Dana Diehl, Director of Wellness and Prevention, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
  • Dr. Ellen Hodges, Chief of Staff, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation
  • Tim Struna, Chief of Public Health Nursing, Division of Public Health, DHSS



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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.