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    Walker Declares Disaster for Alaska Opioid Health Crisis
    Feb 15, 2017 - Alaska Governor Bill Walker declared the opioid epidemic a public health crisis in the state. Doing so allowed him to establish a statewide Overdoes Response Program to address the growing problem, and will provide local opioid working groups the money and authority to distribute naloxone to the general public.
    Source: KTVA Alaska
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    Cultural Healing and Resiliency Current Treatment for Overcoming the Fallout of Colonization
    Jan 3, 2017 - Addresses the high rates of suicide among Alaska Native people. Details efforts that have been made to address the underlying issue of historical trauma and resultant substance abuse with culturally sensitive healthcare practices. Also discusses efforts to encourage Alaska Native people providing behavioral healthcare to other Alaska Natives with rural health tracks in college social work programs that incorporate Alaska Native elders in classrooms.
    Source: KTVA Alaska
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    As Alaska's Population Ages, Health Care Jobs Grow to Keep Up
    Dec 28, 2016 - Alaska's elderly population is growing faster than the rest of the country, leading to an increase in healthcare jobs. This increase in jobs is seen as an economic boom for the state, but Alaskans continue to pay more on hospital care per capita than other states.
    Source: Alaska Dispatch News
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    Kenaitze Tribe Kaunches Joint-Jurisdiction Court
    Dec 28, 2016 - The State of Alaska and the Kenaitze Tribe are partnering for the development of the state's first joint-jurisdiction therapeutic court. The court will be available for Native and non-native Alaskans facing as an alternative to the traditional criminal justice system for drug-related crimes, and is anticipated to provide better outcomes for families affected by substance abuse.
    Source: Alaska Public Media
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    Last Updated: 2/16/2017