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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.
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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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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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Transforming Child Welfare Outcomes for Alaska Native Children for Alaska Native Children: Strategic Plan 2016-2020
Discusses a 5 year sustainable plan to transform outcomes for Alaska Native children in the child welfare system, and includes consultant conclusions and recommendations.
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
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Impact of Providing In-Home Water Service on the Rates of Infectious Diseases: Results from Four Communities in Western Alaska
Examines how rural Alaskans' health is affected by limited access to in-home piped water. Reviews the electronic health records of 1,032 rural Alaskans to determine how transitioning communities to in-home piped water impacts rates of respiratory, skin, and gastrointestinal infections.
Author(s): T.K. Thomas, T. Ritter, D. Bruden, et al.
Location: Journal of Water and Health, 14(1), 132-141
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
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Sobriety and Alcohol Use Among Rural Alaska Native Elders
Reports findings from descriptive and correlational data gathered during a needs assessment regarding alcohol use among Inupiat and Yup'ik Eskimo elders residing in remote, rural villages in Northwest region of Alaska.
Author(s): Monica C. Skewes, Jordan P. Lewis
Location: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 75
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
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Utility of a Work Process Classification System for Characterizing Non-Fatal Injuries in the Alaskan Commercial Fishing Industry
An epidemiologic study describing the application and modification of the Work Process Classification System (WPCS) in Alaskan fishing fleets to categorize non-fatal occupational injuries in the fishing industry. Recognizes work practices that could be pursued for further investigation and future injury prevention efforts.
Author(s): Laura N. Syron, Devin L. Lucas, Viktor E. Bovbjerg, Jeffrey W. Bethel, Laurel D. Kincl
Location: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 75(1)
Date: 01/2016
Type: Document
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Beverage Consumption in an Alaska Native Village: A Mixed-methods Study of Behaviour, Attitudes and Access
Assesses sugar-sweetened beverage, water, and other beverage consumption and attitudes towards consumption in Alaskan Native children and adults living in rural Alaska. Includes statistics for beverage type by frequency of consumption for children and adults.
Author(s): Deena Elwan, Peter de Schweinitz, Janet M. Wojcicki
Location: Journal of Circumpolar Health, 75
Date: 2016
Type: Document
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Alaska AHEC Program 2016 Annual Report
Highlights the activities and demonstrates the importance of an operational Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program supporting rural health in Alaska.
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Center for Rural Health and Health Workforce
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Alaska Health Care Workforce Profile: Report and Appendices
Highlights the healthcare occupations identified by rural and urban Alaska employers as the most difficult to fill. Intended to inform decisions made by workforce development communities on education and training. Presents healthcare workforce and demographic data compiled from surveys, and includes a comprehensive review of retention data.
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Alaska Center for Rural Health and Health Workforce, Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority
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Improving the Respiratory Health of Alaska Native People Through Home-Based Inventions
Lists simple home modifications that can be performed to help prevent acute respiratory disease in Alaska Native children, which account for roughly two-thirds of child hospitalizations in rural Alaska.
Date: 12/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
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Digital Storytelling: A Tool for Health Promotion and Cancer Awareness in Rural Alaskan Communities
Discusses the perspectives of Alaska Native community members about digital storytelling after they viewed a digital health related message about cancer that was created by a Community Health Aide/Practitioner (CHA/P).
Author(s): Melany Cueva, Regina Kuhnley, Laura Revels, et al.
Location: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 74
Date: 09/2015
Type: Document
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The Alaska State Plan for Senior Services FY 2016 - FY 2019
Provides an analysis of a statewide initiative to identify the issues and needs of seniors in rural and urban Alaska, to guide the development of senior health and human services in the state. Discusses the demographics and needs assessment activities of this population. Identifies specific goals, objectives, and performance measures developed by the State Plan for Senior Services Advisory Committee for the years 2016-2019.
Date: 08/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
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Healthy Alaskans 2020
Describes 75 evidence-based strategies to support and improve the 25 leading health improvement goals identified by Healthy Alaskans 2020, a statewide health initiative. Includes activities currently in progress and other activities recommended but not funded, and identifies organizations advocating for the health of Alaskans.
Date: 07/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
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Kick the Bucket: The Future of Rural Sanitation in Alaska
Discusses the challenges rural Alaska communities face related to installing and maintaining water and sewage treatment facilities, particularly as climate change impacts the region's infrastructure. Discusses the health impacts of a lack of running water and flush toilets. Includes links to other stories in a series reporting on water and sewage treatment in rural Alaska.
Date: 05/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Public Media
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Cook Inlet Tribal Council Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program - Overview and Preliminary Outcomes
Provides an overview of the Cook Inlet Tribal Council health career training program funded by a Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grant. Includes a brief description of the health careers available to participating students, program structure and services, and preliminary results of the program.
Date: 02/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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Alaska AHEC Program 2015 Annual Report
Highlights the activities and demonstrates the importance of an operational Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program in Alaska.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Center for Rural Health - Alaska's AHEC
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Alaska’s Community Capacity Review: A Statewide Public Health System Assessment
Assesses the current status of the public health system in Alaska and provides a starting point to improve and strengthen the overall capacity of the system. Highlights the importance of including small and rural Alaskan communities in outreach and collaboration efforts.
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Healthy Alaskans 2020
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Healthy Alaskans 2020 Health Assessment: Understanding the Health of Alaskans
Provides an overview of the statewide health assessment data used to inform the Healthy Alaskans 2020 initiative, and explains the selection and target-setting process for the 25 included leading health indicators.
Date: 09/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
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Feasibility of a Community Intervention for the Prevention of Suicide and Alcohol Abuse with Yup'ik Alaska Native Youth: The Elluam Tungiinun and Yupiucimta Asvairtuumallerkaa Studies
Evaluates the viability of a community intervention model to prevent suicide and alcohol abuse within the youth population of two remote Alaska Native communities. Compares the implementation strategies and the available resources within the two settings, and discusses the differences in outcomes.
Author(s): Gerald V. Mohatt, Carlotta Ching Ting Fok, David Henry, People Awakening Team, James Allen
Location: American Journal of Community Psychology, 54(1-2), 153-169
Date: 09/2014
Type: Document
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Extreme Nursing: a Qualitative Assessment of Nurse Retention in a Remote Setting
A qualitative study with three purposes: to ensure the unique stories of bush Alaska nurses are preserved; to foster a strong bush nursing tradition; and to inform recruitment, hiring, and retention practices in remote settings.
Author(s): M.G. deValpine
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 14, 2859
Date: 07/2014
Type: Document
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Suicide Among Young Alaska Native Men: Community Risk Factors and Alcohol Control
Discusses a study examining the variation in suicide rates among rural Alaskan Native men.
Author(s): Matthew Berman
Location: American Journal of Public Health, 104(Suppl 3), S329-S335
Date: 06/2014
Type: Document
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Evaluation of the Medicare Frontier Extended Stay Clinic Demonstration: Report to Congress
Reports on the results of a Medicare Frontier Extended Stay Clinic (FESC) demonstration project that used an enhanced clinic model in frontier areas to address the needs of seriously ill or injured patients who could not be transferred to a hospital or needed monitoring and observation for a limited period of time. Includes an overview of the demonstration and key findings from the project.
Date: 2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Risk, Reward, and the Double-Edged Sword: Perspectives on Pharmacogenetic Research and Clinical Testing Among Alaska Native People
Examines the relationship between native populations in rural Alaska and the use of ethnically specific research regarding prescription drug effectiveness. Provides responses from Alaskan Natives concerning the use of data collected and recommendations for the role of tribal leadership in the advancement of pharmacogenetics.
Author(s): Jennifer L. Shaw, Renee Robinson, Helene Starks, Wylie Burke, Denise A. Dillard
Location: American Journal of Public Health, 103(12), 2220-2225
Date: 12/2013
Type: Document
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Traditional Living and Cultural Ways as Protective Factors Against Suicide: Perceptions of Alaska Native University Students
This study explored how the experiences of traditional Alaska Native ways including subsistence activities may prevent suicide and strengthen indigenous populations.
Author(s): Christopher R. DeCou, Monica C. Skewes, Ellen D. S. López
Location: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 72
Date: 08/2013
Type: Document
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Health Workforce Assessment: Tools for Policymakers and Planners
A primer on key rural health workforce assessment concepts, the use of workforce projections to examine policy scenarios, and data resources for the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho.
Author(s): Susan M. Skillman, Davis G. Patterson, Susan M. Skillman, et al.
Date: 07/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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What Is Rural in the WWAMI States? Why Definitions Matter?
Discusses the definitions of rural and the impacts of using the differing definitions in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho.
Author(s): Susan M. Skillman, Davis G. Patterson, Denise M. Lishner, Mark P. Doescher, Meredith A. Fordyce
Date: 07/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: UW Center for Health Workforce Studies
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Building and Maintaining the Rural Health Workforce: Resources and Strategies
Provides examples of national and regional programs that support education, recruitment and retention of rural health care providers with a focus on Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho.
Author(s): Davis G. Patterson, Denise M. Lishner, Susan M. Skillman, Mark P. Doescher
Date: 07/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: UW Center for Health Workforce Studies
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The Rural Health Workforce in the WWAMI States: By the Numbers
Provides data on the numbers of health care professionals in rural and metropolitan Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho.
Author(s): Davis G. Patterson, Susan M. Skillman, C. Holly A. Andrilla, Denise M. Lishner, Mark P. Doescher
Date: 07/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: UW Center for Health Workforce Studies
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The Rural Health Workforce: Challenges and Opportunities
Describes the characteristics and the challenges of the rural health care workforce and the factors affecting delivery of health care in rural areas.
Author(s): Susan M. Skillman, Davis G. Patterson, Denise M. Lishner, Mark P. Doescher
Date: 07/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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Economic Viability of Dental Therapists
Describes procedures that dental health aide therapists (DHAT), dental therapists (DT), and advanced dental therapists (ADT) can perform and their economic viability within the dental team. Results are based on mid-level dental health providers in rural and urban Alaska and Minnesota.
Author(s): Frances Kim
Date: 05/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Community Catalyst
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Healthy Alaskans 2010: Health Status Progress Report on Leading Health Indicators
Tracks the progress of a statewide health assessment initiative to improve health outcomes and ensure health equity for all Alaskans in rural and urban environments.
Date: 01/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
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Continuing Education Training Focused on the Development of Behavioral Telehealth Competencies in Behavioral Healthcare Providers
Examines the impact of a Behavioral Telehealth Ethical Competencies Training Program on 16 behavioral health providers' developing a behavioral telehealth competency education training program. Fourteen behavioral telehealth competencies were developed that require an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a behavioral telehealth coordinator working at a distal site and of a therapist. Behavioral telehealth competency training was provided to 21 providers, six of those were from rural areas in Alaska and evaluated using video vignettes and self-reported competence surveys.
Author(s): Valerie Gifford, Britton Niles, Inna Rivkin, Catherine Koverola, Jodi Polaha
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 12, 2108
Date: 12/2012
Type: Document
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Alaska Oral Health Plan: 2012-2016
Provides information on the status and burden of oral disease in rural and urban Alaska including community water fluoridation, disparities in oral health, dental workforce, and infection control. Highlights the goals, strategies and recommendations by the Alaska Dental Action Coalition to address oral health disparities, workforce issues, and improve access to dental care.
Author(s): B.J. Whistler
Date: 07/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
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Innovative Primary Care Delivery in Rural Alaska: A Review of Patient Encounters Seen by Community Health Aides
Reviews outpatient visits to Community Health Aides (CHAs) and Community Health Practitioners (CHPs) from October 2004 to September 2006 to evaluate the scope of health problems seen in remote, rural Alaska.
Author(s): Christine Golnick, Elvin Asay, Ellen Provost, et al.
Location: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 71
Date: 06/2012
Type: Document
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The Last Frontier: Innovative Efforts to Reduce Colorectal Cancer Disparities Among the Remote Alaska Native Population
Measures changes in rate of colorectal cancer screening among the Alaska Native population in rural and remote Alaska between 2005 and 2010. Reports the impact of intervention programs, such as itinerant endoscopy screening clinics and outreach by patient navigators, on rates of screenings.
Author(s): Diana Redwood, Ellen Provost, David Perdue, Donald Haverkamp, David Espey
Location: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 75(3), 474-480
Date: 03/2012
Type: Document
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Casting the Net Upstream: Promoting Wellness to Prevent Suicide
A comprehensive plan of action identifying goals and strategies to address and prevent suicide in rural and urban Alaska. Includes a list of resources and actionable steps to prevent suicide.
Date: 01/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
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Alaska Native and Rural Youth Views of Sexual Health: A Focus Group Project on Sexually Transmitted Diseases, HIV/AIDS, and Unplanned Pregnancy
Focus groups studied the knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of rural Alaska youth, both Alaska Native and non-Alaska Native, regarding STDs, HIV/AIDS, and unplanned pregnancy.
Author(s): Jessica D. Leston, Cornelia M. Jessen, Brenna C. Simons
Location: American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research Journal, 19(1), 1-14
Date: 2012
Type: Document
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Health Workforce Data Coalition Issue Paper
Provides an overview of the data landscape for conducting health workforce planning, with a focus on Alaska. Also, reviews the current obstacles to creating a comprehensive picture of the health workforce and identifies new opportunities to generate more accurate tracking and more reliable projections of workforce needs.
Date: 07/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Health Workforce Coalition
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Successful Aging Through the Eyes of Alaska Native Elders. What it Means to be an Elder in Bristol Bay, AK
Informs studies on indigenous aging that prioritizes the perspectives of elders to affect positively on the delivery of health care services in rural Alaska.
Author(s): Jordan P. Lewis
Location: Gerontologist, 51(4), 540-549
Date: 02/2011
Type: Document
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Alaska Rural Health Plan
A guide to implement the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program in the state of Alaska providing information on the creation of rural health networks, the stabilization of rural hospitals, the accessibility and quality of healthcare services, and the process for the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) designation.
Date: 12/2001
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
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Alaska Regional Data Availability
Provides resources and direct links to access regional data for Alaska's 25 leading health indicators (LHIs).
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
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Directory of Alaska Health Care Safety Net Providers
A directory of providers who deliver healthcare and other services to uninsured, Medicaid and other vulnerable patients in rural and urban Alaska.
Type: Directory
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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FastStats: Health of American Indian or Alaska Native Population
Contains health-related statistics for the American Indian or Alaska Native population. Statistics include: population, live births, health status, health risk factors, access to health care, mortality rates, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Arctic Health
A central source for information on diverse aspects of the Arctic environment and the health of northern peoples.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Library of Medicine
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Alaska Community Health Aide Program
A network of Community Health Aides/Practitioners (CHA/Ps) from 170 rural Alaska villages that work within the guidelines of the Alaska Community Health Aide/Practitioner Manual. CHA/Ps provide assessment and referrals for members of their community who are in need of healthcare.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
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Alaska Health Centers Research & Data
Provides maps of FQHC locations and communities experiencing shortages of primary care physicians. Also includes information on the populations served by health centers, services provided, staff, patient visits, costs of care, and use of electronic health information.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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Overview of the Alaska Community Health Aide Program
Provides a detailed overview of Community Health Aide Program (CHAP) including the history, current practice, training, field supervision, and quality assurance of this unique program that facilitates health care services in Alaska's remote villages.
Type: Document
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WWAMI Center for Health Workforce Studies Regional Information Center
Provides access to health workforce information for Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. Content is available by state and by profession.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: UW Center for Health Workforce Studies
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ERS State Fact Sheet: Alaska
Lists statistics on population, educational attainment, employment, income, farm characteristics, and farm financial indicators for the state.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Alaska KIDS COUNT Data Center (KCDC)
Provides data on child well-being for the state.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Alaska QuickFacts
Basic demographic and economic statistics for the state, with links to borough-level data.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Alaska State Health Facts
The latest state-level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation. Individual state profiles and 50-state comparisons.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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American Indian and Alaska Native Resources
Provides statistical information and data on American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations, including population characteristics, economic data, and maps. Includes information on how to use Census Bureau resources, including the American Community Survey, to access AI/AN data.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Additional resources are available. See a full list of Alaska Resources.


Last Updated: 12/11/2017