Tag: Rural Health Focus

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50 years of data show cancer still leading cause of death for Alaska Natives

A new study from Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium shows that cancer rates among Alaska Native people have gone up over the last half-century. Researchers say the data points to opportunities for prevention.

After rabid foxes found, YKHC urges rabies vaccines for pets

After foxes recently tested positive for rabies in three different YK Delta communities, people should be ready to seek medical attention if they — or their pets — are bitten or scratched.
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Mekoryuk likely first Alaska community to reach 100% vaccination against COVID-19

The community has had less than 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and no one has died from the virus.
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Western Alaska village puts up vaccine requirement to enter store

Around the same time that the Bethel fitness center reopened to fully vaccinated individuals, Kongiganak started allowing only fully vaccinated people into stores and businesses.
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Savoonga woman joins White House council on environmental justice

Viola Waghiyi of Savoonga is one of the 26 members chosen for a new White House advisory council on environmental justice. The council will give advice and recommendations on how to address current and historic environmental injustices across the United States.
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More babies are being born too early in Alaska, health department says

In 2019, almost 1 in 10 births in Alaska was preterm. That’s as high as it’s been in the last two decades. Preterm birth and low birth weight can cause infant death or developmental problems.
A boy with dark glasses and a white hospital gown with wires on his chest

Petersburg sets aside differences for 13-year-old battling cancer

The community raised tens of thousands of dollars for a local 13-year-old who was fighting cancer in a Seattle Hospital,

Dozens of homes, water treatment plant are without power in Selawik

As of Tuesday morning, 150 homes, an apartment complex and the water treatment plant were without power.

In a single day, Dillingham clinic vaccinates almost 20 percent of community

Almost twenty percent of Dillingham was vaccinated against COVID-19 last Saturday alone.
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With quarter of population vaccinated, COVID-19 cases in Southwest Alaska on decline

After months with some of the highest COVID-19 case rates in the country, the Y-K Delta is finally seeing a decline in cases.
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To protect her community, St. Paul mom isolated for 10 weeks before having twins in Anchorage

Alaska women who live in rural and remote communities usually travel to city centers to give birth against incredible geographical odds.
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3 weeks later, Tuluksak is without running water or disaster relief

On Jan. 16, a fire in Tuluksak destroyed the village’s washateria and water plant building, which was their only source of...
A man and two infants stand outside a glass window with a woman inside holding a baby

‘Most mothers don’t have to deal with this’: COVID-19 makes medical travel for pregnant women even harder

Alaska women who live in rural and remote communities usually travel to city centers to give birth — against incredible geographical odds. And now, COVID-19 has made a hard trip even more daunting.

After more than half of Bethel students fail their classes, some parents urge reopening schools

Parents are becoming increasingly distressed about their children’s education during the pandemic after more than half of students failed their classes during the last semester, according to a report from the school district.
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Sinkhole opens under Chefornak home, forcing family to evacuate

In Chefornak, a family was forced to evacuate their home because a sinkhole caused by thawing permafrost formed underneath it. That family had to move into a building intended to be a quarantine facility.
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‘She’s been through a pandemic before’: Bethel elder who had COVID-19 is one of the first to get vaccine

Yukon-Kuskokwim Elder’s Home resident Xenia Jackson worked through tuberculosis outbreaks as a health aide. Now she's one of the first in the region to be fully immunized against COVID-19.
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No easy answers after fire destroys Tuluksak’s water supply

The temporary well being used at the school pulls up water from the Tuluksak River, which isn’t safe to drink.
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Why Alaska has the highest COVID-19 vaccination rate of all 50 states

Part of the reason is that Alaska is getting more doses of the vaccine because of additional allotments for the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indian Health Service.
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After Y-K Delta tribal police officer dies from COVID-19, flyover gives family final goodbye

David Aqvang Evon was to be buried in Kongiganak, a burial which his family in Akiachak couldn’t attend because of travel restrictions. That forced his family to come up with their own way to say goodbye.
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Tuluksak without water, laundry after fire destroys washeteria

Donated bottled water in Bethel is ready to be shipped out on the next plane, but Tuluksak’s runway has been unusable because of weather conditions. The man who usually plows it is in Anchorage being treated for COVID-19.