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Resources by State: Alaska

Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub
Presents regularly updated data on the COVID-19 pandemic in Alaska. Features reports, FAQs, and interactive maps detailing COVID-19 data.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
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Alaska ECHO Projects - Alaska COVID-19
Offers videoconferencing with a team of interdisciplinary experts to provide educators, service providers, case managers, administrators, and families access to expert advice throughout the state and the country in response to COVID-19.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: University of Alaska - Anchorage, Center for Human Development
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Alaska Department of Health and Social Services - COVID-19
Resources and information on Alaska's response to COVID-19, including health alerts and mandates. Provides information targeted to healthcare providers, the public, and special populations.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
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Strengthening the Entry-Level HealthCare Workforce: Finding a Path
Examines gaps in the existing healthcare workforce, challenges facing entry-level healthcare workers (EHCW), current EHCW training programs and contexts where training programs are used effectively, and strategies and policy opportunities to strengthen the EHCW. Includes rural references throughout and case studies for programs in rural Alaska and Washington. Provides an interactive inventory of existing policies and programs that support EHCW training, recruitment, and retention.
Additional links: Entry-Level Health Care Workforce: Information and Programs Visualization Tool
Author(s): Shira H. Fischer, Ryan K. McBain, Laura J. Faherty, et al.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, RAND Corporation
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FY 2020: HRSA's Rural Health Grants – Alaska Fact Sheet
HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy investments in Alaska in Fiscal Year 2020. Lists grant and cooperative agreement recipients, award amounts, award recipient locations, and congressional district.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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Rapid Detection of Tuberculosis in Remote Alaska
Study of a rapid testing method for active pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) administered in a remote area of western Alaska. Discusses challenges of diagnosing and treating TB in a timely manner in remote areas, and describes the process of creating and implementing a rapid testing program in partnership with healthcare organizations. Presents data from 223 patients who received the rapid test over 3 years, including positivity rates, test sensitivity and specificity, and effectiveness of the testing method.
Author(s): Ronald J. Bowerman
Citation: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 79(1), 1827786
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
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State Offices of Rural Health Put Extra Funding to Work for Rural Communities
Describes how State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) are using an extra $50,000 in funding from the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and its partners to improve rural communities. Includes SORH funding plans for 9 states, including Alaska, North Dakota, Idaho, Pennsylvania, and others. Plans include emergency medical training, Rural Health Clinic (RHC) technical assistance and education, and more.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Alaska
Shows the state's Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), as well as Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) sites located outside of urbanized areas.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Contact Tracing: Training New Workers and Connecting with Rural Residents
Discusses the role contact tracing plays in preventing further spread of the coronavirus in rural communities. Highlights an IHS hospital in Arizona and its in-person contact tracing initiative. Also covers contact tracing training strategies, featuring the work of Alaska's AHEC program, a center for public health in Washington, and a national public health foundation.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Recruitment Best Practices of a Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Randomised Control Trial in Rural Alaska Native Communities
Describes the research methods of the Healthy and Empowering Alaskan Lives Towards Healthy Hearts (HEALTHH) project, which recruited Indigenous participants from the 16 communities that make up the rural Norton Sound region of Alaska to study smoking behavior and chronic disease prevention efforts among Alaska Native populations. Explores special considerations for research involving remote Alaska Native communities and analyzes data related to recruitment best practices, staffing issues, and barriers to enrolling study participants.
Author(s): Mariah Knox, Jordan Skan, Neal L. Benowitz, Matthew Schnellbaecher, Judith J. Prochaska
Citation: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 79(1), 1806639
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
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