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News stories from the past 60 days.

UMass Amherst Researchers Battle Against Youth Suicide in Rural Alaska Native Communities
Nov 13, 2018 - Highlights a youth suicide prevention program that uses a community mobilization approach in 15 remote Alaska towns. Promoting Community Conversations About Research to End Suicide (PC CARES) aims to respectfully provide Alaska Native communities with a practical method for translating scientific research into culturally relevant ways to reduce suicide risk factors and increase safety, help-seeking and support. Rural Alaska Native youth suicide rates are up to 18 times higher than all American youth.
Source: News Medical
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USDA Provides Opportunities in Education, Health Care Services and Job Training for 125,000 Rural Alaskans
Oct 18, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $1.2 million in providing virtual access to job training, and educational and healthcare opportunities in rural Alaska. This funding, from the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program, will benefit the Alaska Native Tribal Consortium, the Alaska Gateway School District, and the North Slope Borough School District.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
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FCC Enables Alaska Carrier to Receive $78M in Rural Health Care Funding
Oct 10, 2018 - Announcement from the Federal Communications Commission approving nearly $78 million in funding through the Rural Health Care Program to support telecommunication services in Alaska. The Rural Health Care program allows rural healthcare providers to pay the same rate for the services as their urban counterparts, a rate that is typically less than they would normally have to pay.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
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FPs Are Answer to Rural Maternity Care Crisis
Oct 10, 2018 - Blog post by Dr. John Cullen, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, sharing his experience in providing obstetrical care as a rural family physician in Alaska. Stresses the importance of family physicians and OB/Gyns working together in order to reverse trends in rural maternal and infant mortality.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
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From a Physician Assistant in Fairbanks to a Vending Machine in Interior Alaska: Witnessing Tribal Health Solutions Firsthand
Oct 9, 2018 - Blog post, written by Eric Hargan, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, detailing a tour of several Alaskan communities to learn about how healthcare is delivered in remote parts of the state through telehealth services, vending machines that dispense medications, and through the use of community health aids.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Last Updated: 11/14/2018