Tag: Rural Health Focus

Taking action to reduce substance misuse

Substance use disorders are diseases caused by many factors. Preventing and treating them requires input from everyone, not just law enforcement and health professionals. Those are some of the key messages in the state’s new opioid action plan. On Talk of Alaska we’ll discuss the plan and the ways you can be part of the solutions.

Japan whaling decision may have consequences for Alaska subsistence whalers

Last month Japan announced that it is leaving the international group that regulates whaling and will resume commercial whaling in its own coastal waters.

Public health data shows 13 percent rise in Alaska suicides

New report comes beside a study documenting the presence of drugs and alcohol in incidents of self-harm.

Bethel City Council to choose a path forward for Avenues piped water and sewer project

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The Bethel City Council is due to decide whether or not to bring piped water and sewer service to an area extending from Third to Seventh Avenue, including Ridgecrest Drive and Main Street.

Community health aides: Alaska’s unique solution for rural health care

Fifty years ago, Alaska had a really big problem: it was hard to get medical care in small, rural communities. To solve it, the Indian Health Service worked with local governments and Congress to create the Community Health Aide Program. And it's still making communities healthier.

Larsen Bay mayor worries aging water infrastructure could collapse

Larsen Bay, a community of fewer than 100 people on southwest Kodiak Island, is dealing with ongoing water issues. Listen now

New study suggests dental therapists improving oral health in YK Delta

Rural health aides have a long, successful history of improving access to health care in Alaska. Now, a dental program based on that model is improving oral care in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Listen now