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Rural Health
Resources by State: Alaska

Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure: Information on Identified Needs, Planning for Future Conditions, and Coordination of Project Funding
Reviews federal programs that provide funding for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects and describes how infrastructure needs are identified. Also details how federal agencies support states' efforts, and the extent to which federal agencies coordinate funding initiatives. Analysis is based on a review of infrastructure projects in six states: Alaska, California, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, and Tennessee.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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A Focus on Suicide Prevention in Rural Communities
Recorded webinar highlighting Alaska's state initiatives and projects surrounding suicide awareness, prevention, and post-prevention programming. Includes strategies to engage rural and remote communities and alternative school coalitions to address suicide prevention.
Additional links: Audio Recording, Download Video Recording, Presentation Slides
Author(s): Sharon Fishel
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document, Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Behavioral Health Initiative for Children, Youth, and Families
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Dental Utilization for Communities Served by Dental Therapists in Alaska’s Yukon Kuskokwim Delta: Findings from an Observational Quantitative Study
Presents results from a program evaluation designed to assess the impact of dental therapists on dental utilization and oral health outcomes in the Yukon Kuskokwim (YK) Delta of Alaska. Examines utilization and outcomes based on total dental therapist treatment days, presents results for both child and adult populations, and focuses on three primary measures: preventive dental care use, extraction of teeth, and dental care under general anesthesia.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Washington
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Promising Practices to Build Healthy Active Native Communities
Highlights promising practices to improve the health and wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Discusses programs designed to incorporate Native cultural beliefs into healthy eating practices and fitness regimens that support physical well-being.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of American Indian Physicians
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Alaska's Physician Workforce in 2016
Findings brief describing size, distribution, and education history of the physician workforce in Alaska. Features statistics on various specialties with breakdowns by urban, overall rural, large rural, small rural, and isolated small rural areas.
Author(s): Susan M. Skillman, Arati Dahal
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: UW Center for Health Workforce Studies, WWAMI Area Health Education Center Network
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Alaska Opioid Policy Task Force: Final Recommendations
Provides recommendations supporting comprehensive public health prevention strategies to prevent and reduce opioid use, misuse, and abuse in rural and urban Alaska.
Author(s): Jay Butler, Gunnar Ebbesson, Jeff Jessee, et al.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
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Cybersecurity: How a Rural Alaska Hospital is Safeguarding Its Patients’ Information
Provides an overview of cybersecurity threats and challenges faced by rural healthcare facilities. Describes how the IT staff at the South Peninsula Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital in Alaska, safeguards their hospital's data.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Alaska
Shows the state’s Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics, as well as rural Federally Qualified Health Centers and Skilled Nursing Facilities.
Date: 12/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Alaska 2015-2016 Primary Care Needs Assessment
Reports on Phase I of an Alaska statewide primary healthcare needs assessment conducted to identify gaps, develop a health strategy, and plan for the future delivery of primary care in the state. Provides data on healthcare access, health status and workforce shortages by census area or borough. Includes rural/urban comparisons on medical, dental and behavioral health workforce, patient transportation, and telehealth.
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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Demographic, Clinical, and Service Utilization Factors Associated with Suicide-Related Visits among Alaska Native and American Indian Adults
Details a study on the demographic, clinical, and service utilization factors of Alaska Native and American Indian participants in 2 state-wide studies on suicide in Alaska. Breaks down participant characteristics by gender, age group, and whether they live in a rural or urban area, among other factors.
Author(s): Denise A. Dillard, Jaedon P. Avey, Renee F. Robinson, et al.
Location: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 47(1), 27-37
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
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