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News stories from the past 60 days.

Going Further than Food Stamps in Rural Alaska
Aug 31, 2017 - Features a program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture that operates in 18 rural and tribal villages in Alaska. This program offers an alternative to food stamps, where recipients instead get a large box of food each month, an option that is especially helpful in Alaska where food prices are high. The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, which helps coordinate the program, has also been providing nutritional classes and cooking demonstrations to help people make healthier food choices and to help those who use the program make use of items in the box which may be unfamiliar or get repetitive.
Source: KTOO Public Media
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Syringe Exchange Program Aims To Slow Hepatitis C Infections In Alaska
Aug 29, 2017 - Highlights the work of a syringe exchange program in Alaska and the impacts of these types of exchange programs generally. Among Alaskans 18-29, the hepatitis C rate doubled between 2011 and 2015. In some rural areas, hepatitis C rates have increased by 490%. With only four exchange programs in the state, people in small towns often have limited access to clean syringes. Hepatitis C is also extremely expensive to treat. This exchange program could operate for nearly a year for the cost of curing one person with hepatitis C.
Source: NPR
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Last Updated: 9/1/2017