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Alaska Native Medical Center

MICHAEL DINNEEN / ALASKA NATIVE HEALTH CONSORTIUM BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA

A Yup’ik woman from the Bristol Bay region known as one of the people who created the Alaska tribal health system and a savvy national advocate died Tuesday [Jan. 10]. For nearly 50 years, Sally Smith played a key role in transforming an under-funded, under-staffed and ill-equipped health system for Natives into one that is a model for tribal self-governance.

5/5/16

Legislation to change who can teach sexual education fails

By the Associated Press

A wide-ranging education bill emphasizing local and parental control has died after a vote in the state House yesterday [Wed].  The latest version of House Bill 156 would have suspended statewide standardized testing for two years, allowed parents to opt their kids out of any lesson, and put decisions about sexual education in the hands of local school boards.

Joaqlin Estus / KNBA

 Housing to increase access to health services for Alaska Natives

Tribal, federal, state, and private sector leaders Wednesday {may 20, 2015] kicked off construction of housing at the Alaska Native Medical Center saying it will improve services for Alaska Native and American Indian people who travel to Anchorage from across the state for health care. A state Senator who helped get the project financed says it will also save the state millions of dollars a year for years to come. 

Joaqlin Estus

  About a hundred people Tuesday visited the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association offices in Anchorage to celebrate the publication of a book with hundreds of recipes for traditional dishes, as well as historic and contemporary photographs of food gathering and cooking, stories and much more. Author Suanne Unger says she and nine collaborators, plus many more contributors, worked on the book for six years, compiling recipes, interviewing elders, and searching for photographs. The CDC helped pay for the research and publishing, which allows APIA to sell the book for $25 per copy.