Tag: Community Health

LISTEN: With the death of George Floyd, America comes face to face with persisting racism

The killing of George Floyd by a white police officer is just the latest version of a story heard way too often in America. Eric Gardner, Breanna Taylor and Aumaud Arbery are just a few of the Black lives that have been cut short due to the entrenched, systemic racism persistent in American culture.

LISTEN: The first step to genocide is dehumanization. How do stop it before it starts?

The Rawandan Genocide, the Holocaust, and the ongoing plight of the Rohingya people, are just a few examples of the human capacity to persecute others for being different than ourselves.

LISTEN: As parents head back to work, childcare providers are struggling to meet demand

Alaskans are heading back to work. But many daycare centers and camps are closed. Those that are open are operating under new rules and with limited capacity. How will camps and child care centers make sure they keep kids safe? And how will parents cope if they can't find childcare?

“We don’t even know how to do it”: How distance education works without internet

Doing schoolwork at home is tough, especially in rural villages where internet is limited and access to teachers requires a phone call. But that’s what many students have been forced to do during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kwethluk man broke into VPO building, took guns in evidence locker, fired at officers, troopers say

Police say the man, when asked why he was shooting, said he'd "seen it in a movie"

LISTEN: A psychologist joins us to discuss the keys to healthy aging

Can an old dog learn new tricks? In his book, "Our Wisdom Years," psychologist Dr. Garfield makes the case that as we enter our 60s, 70s and 80s, we are actually entering into a “developmental stage.”

New homegrown VPSO graduates headed to Bering Straits region, but vacancies remain

Eight communities in the Bering Strait region still lack VPSOs.

LISTEN: An hour of gratitude and compassion amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Prentiss Pemberton is opening up the phone lines for you to share stories of grace and compassion over the last 2 months.

On Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, businesses hit hard during last summer’s wildfires are facing another season of uncertainty

As business owners look to this season for some sort of normalcy and a chance to recoup financial losses, they’re facing a new challenge: a global pandemic.

LISTEN: Dr. Anne Zink and Gov. Mike Dunleavy discuss reopening the economy on Talk of Alaska

Reopening Alaska's economy is something some Alaskans desperately want while others urge caution as the coronavirus pandemic continues. THow will this work in practice and how do we know it isn’t too soon?

Working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in rural Alaska | Alaska Insight

Limited or no road access means many rural Alaska communities face challenges in delivering health care. With the...

LISTEN: We’re still getting questions about COVID-19. We invited two doctors back to answer them.

Alaskans have been under orders to shelter-in-place to stop the spread of the coronavirus. But many still have questions about how coronavirus spreads. So we invited to two doctors to answer them.

LISTEN: Take a break from pandemic stress with some help from Alaska musicians and writers

With the stress of sheltering in our homes and a daily barrage of worrisome news about the global pandemic, it’s important to find time to decompress, relax and find hope for the future.

LISTEN: How is rural Alaska preparing for COVID-19?

With limited clinic and hospital capacity, how are rural Alaska health providers preparing to assist residents who become ill?

The economic implications of the COVID-19 shut downs | Alaska Insight

ISER examined the negative effects of the COVID-19 on Alaska’s economy, and the numbers are stark: there are...

LISTEN: As coronavirus concerns grow, telehealth connects patients and doctors virtually

As the novel coronavirus has forces the world to adapt to a “new normal,” telemedicine has become the perfect tool for the delivery of vital physical and mental health services while protecting patients and health care workers alike.

Alaska’s U.S. Senators discuss how the CARES Act can benefit you | Alaska Insight

The global economy is being hammered by the effects of widespread illness and business closures due to COVID-19....

Skagway to offer direct aid to residents affected by halted tourism season

Tourism is Skagway’s main economy and residents rely on the summer cruise ship season for income. That’s why Skagway’s assembly passed two direct aid resolutions this week.

‘Hunker down’ doesn’t mean much when you’re homeless

People experiencing homelessness are exempt under the city’s hunker down order and a statewide order issued Friday. For many of them, the threat of a pandemic is not as high of a priority as staying warm or getting their next meal.

LISTEN: Coronavirus has changed how we socialize. How do we stay connected?

With routine, socialization and connection being such vital parts of mental health and wellness, how do we maintain these critical connections to family and friends?