Tag: Community Health

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

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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

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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

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Eight communities in the Bering Strait region still lack VPSOs.

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

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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 additional strain COVID-19 is putting on...

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

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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 tens of thousands unemployed, and nearly...

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

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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. In response, congress has put together...

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

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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?

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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?
Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan take questions from reporters in the tunnel under the Capitol.

LISTEN: Congress put together a $2 trillion relief package. What happens next?

Congress has put together the largest financial relief package in history. Will it be enough to blunt the economic decline in the U.S? And what will it mean for Alaska's economy and workers?

How Y-K Delta villages will enforce travel restrictions

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The number of villages in the Y-K Delta that are enacting travel restrictions in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus has been growing by the day, but how are these villages enforcing those restrictions?