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    Alaska's Heroin Problem Brings Together State, Local and Federal Leaders in Search of a Solution
    Sep 20, 2016 - Details the meeting between state, local, and federal leaders to discuss Alaska's growing heroin problem as well as many of the efforts within the state to address it. These include education in schools, education on providing tips to local law enforcement and on the disposal of prescription opioids for the general public, making naloxone available without a prescription, and in- and outpatient services that will be available soon.
    Source: Alaska Dispatch News
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    A Bill Passed by the US Senate Targets Alaska Honey Buckets
    Sep 16, 2016 - The U.S. Senate passed a reauthorization of the Water Resources Development Act, which allocated infrastructure funding for the Army Corps of Engineers. Included in this bill is a grant program that would allocate $1.4 billion over five years to provide indoor plumbing, tap water for drinking, and wastewater services for rural communities. Because more than 3,300 rural Alaska homes lack running water and flushing toilets, a large portion of this funding will go to Alaska.
    Source: Alaska Dispatch News
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    Nurse Practitioner Students Help Rural Head Start Kids
    Sep 4, 2016 - Faculty and students from the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Nursing provide comprehensive health screening exams for Head Start students in remote rural areas through the Project Partnership for Alaska's Kids.
    Source: Juneau Empire
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    Rural Energy Program Brings Dollars and Jobs to Alaska Communities
    Aug 24, 2016 - Facing myriad health concerns related to a lack of access to affordable, clean water and sanitation services for Alaska residents, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium's Division of Environmental Health & Engineering created the Rural Energy Initiative. The Initiative now assists communities around the state with hydroelectric projects, infrastructure improvements, wind to heat systems, heat recovery systems, and biomass systems. In one community, the installation of a biomass boiler, which uses locally harvested wood rather than diesel fuel, resulted in annual savings of $24,000, with $10,500 going back into the local economy through the employment of residents as woodcutters.
    Source: Alaska Dispatch News
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    MSU and Partners Awarded $20 Million Grant ­­to Address Native Health Disparities in Montana and Alaska
    Aug 16, 2016 - Montana State University and its partners are the recipients of a grant to address health disparities in Native communities in Montana and Alaska through clinical research. The National Institutes of Health grant is a five-year, $20 million award that will allow the University to work collaboratively across these states which both have large Native populations, high Native health disparity rates, and are home to researchers with complimentary areas of expertise.
    Source: Montana State University
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    Southwest Alaska Village Sees 3 Overdoses, One Fatal, in a Few Hours
    Aug 16, 2016 - Details three suspected heroin overdoses in a small community in Alaska that all took place within hours of each other. The medevac plane, having taken the first two individuals to a larger facility, was not in town to assist the third individual, who was given CPR but could not be saved. Discusses strategies to combat the growing issue of substance abuse in the community.
    Source: Alaska Dispatch News
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    Villages Without Running Water or Health Aides: Federal Officials Hear about Challenges
    Aug 11, 2016 - Mary Smith, Principal Deputy Director of the Indian Health Service, visited two rural Alaska villages along with a team of federal health officials. Alaska, which is home to 229 federally recognized tribes, faces significant challenges due to a lack of both a sufficient number of medical providers and a lack of basic services like water and sewer.
    Source: Alaska Dispatch News
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    Indian Health Service Board Certifies 171 Health Aides in Alaska
    Aug 10, 2016 - The Community Health Aid Program (CHAP) is designed to increase access to health workers in Alaska native communities, and many of the 489 current health aids and practitioners come from local communities in Alaska. The CHAP Certification Board, which is managed by the Alaska Area Native Health Service, one of the 12 regional offices of Indian Health Services (IHS), certified 171 behavioral health, dental health, and community health aids and practitioners recently. IHS is collaborating with tribal leaders to expand the program, which could lead to the creation of a national certification board for community health aids in the IHS system.
    Source: Indian Health Service
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    More than a Dozen Alaska Communities Have Too Much Lead in Drinking Water
    Aug 9, 2016 - State environmental officials report that there are 15 public water systems across Alaska exceeding the lead action level, the majority of which are in rural areas. The state is focused on replacing facets in problematic areas and building new water treatment plants in areas with excessive lead levels. Action is needed when lead levels are at or exceed 15 parts per billion; the highest levels in the state are at 70 parts per billion.
    Source: KTUU
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    Alaskans Battling Opioid Epidemic Get Audience with U.S. Surgeon General
    Aug 4, 2016 - U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy attended an opioid summit in Alaska aimed at updating federal officials on the state's difficulties in dealing with heroin and prescription painkiller abuse. Alaska faces unique challenges in the face of this epidemic due to their abundance of rural areas, a shortage of treatment facilities, and their high rate of veterans per capita, a segment of the population which is often dealing with more pain-related health concerns than the general public.
    Source: Alaska Dispatch News
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    How an Anchorage Summer Program Is Trying to Create More Alaska Health Care Workers
    Aug 3, 2016 - The Della Keats summer program, a four-week long program in Alaska that is coordinated by WWAMI, accepts students who live in rural Alaska, are first-generation Americans, will be the first in their family to go to college, speak English as a second language, come from an ethnic minority background, or from a low-income household. The program's goal is to diversify the pool of medical school applicants, and 298 of their 300 students in the past 15 years have gone on to go to college.
    Source: Alaska Dispatch News
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Official Visits Alaska
    Aug 3, 2016 - Mary Wakefield, Acting Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services visited Alaska to learn about their healthcare practices. Wakefield expressed an interest in ensuring there is access to high quality care in rural areas.
    Source: Your Alaska Link
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