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Health Impacts of Alcohol Misuse in Alaska
Report discusses the patterns of use, societal consequences, and rates of mortality, as well as the health impacts of alcohol misuse in Alaska. Provides statistics and data by public health region.
Citation: State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin, 20(2)
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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HIV Update - Alaska, 2017
Report on HIV and AIDS throughout the state of Alaska in 2017. Discusses the impact of HIV on rural Alaska communities.
Additional links: HIV Surveillance Report - Alaska, 1982-2017
Citation: State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin, 20(2)
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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QIOs in Action: Promoting Antimicrobial Stewardship in Rural Alaska
Describes efforts of Mountain-Pacific Quality Health and the Indian Health Service as they work together to provide education and resources to promote antimicrobial stewardship best practices among Alaska residents and providers.
Citation: QIO News
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Quality Improvement Organization Program
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Impact of Home Remediation and Household Education on Indoor Air Quality, Respiratory Visits and Symptoms in Alaska Native Children
Describes the results of an intervention in Alaska Native households with children 1 to 12 years of age with lung conditions that provided education and household indoor air quality remediation. Assesses the impact on indoor air quality, respiratory symptoms, and lower respiratory tract infection clinical visits.
Author(s): Rosalyn Singleton, Aaron J. Salkoski, Lisa Bulkow, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 77(1)
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
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Alaska Facts and Figures: Alaska Resident Leading Causes of Cancer - Top Ten by Year (2012-2016)
Ranks the leading causes of cancer for Alaska residents from 2012 to 2016 by year and gender, race, age group, and public health region. Includes statistics on mortality and years of potential life lost.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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A Scoping Review of Traditional Food Security in Alaska
Summarizes a literature review examining traditional foods and food security in rural Alaska. Discusses how the pillars of food security apply to traditional foods of Alaska Natives.
Author(s): Amanda Walch, Andrea Bersamin, Philip Loring, Rhonda Johnson, Melissa Tholl
Citation: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 77(1)
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
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Recasting the Net: Promoting Wellness to Prevent Suicide in Alaska
Reports on the State of Alaska's plan for suicide prevention for the years 2018-2022. Presents a 6 goal plan for the prevention and reversal of the conditions that often lead to suicide. Includes strategies for implementation and evaluation of interventions.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
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Alaska Facts and Figures: Preliminary Drug Overdose Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Hospitalizations (2016)
Describes drug overdose emergency department visits and inpatient hospitalizations for Alaska residents in 2016 by gender, race, age group, and public health region.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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Alaska Facts and Figures: Alaska Resident Violent Death and Unintentional Injury - Specific Causes by Year (2012-2016)
Provides statistics describing cause of death and specific cause of death for Alaska residents, including violent deaths and unintentional injuries, from 2012 to 2016 by year, gender, race, age group, and public health region. Includes statistics on mortality and years of potential life lost.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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Alaska Facts and Figures: Alaska Resident Drug Overdoses by Year (2012-2016)
Describes the number and rate of drug overdose mortality for Alaska residents from 2012 to 2016 by year. Covers drug overdoses by five year rolling average and gender, race, age group, and public health region.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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Alaska Facts and Figures: Preliminary Leading Causes of Hospitalization - Top Ten (2016)
Ranks the preliminary leading causes of hospitalizations for Alaska residents in 2016 by gender, race, age group, and public health region. Includes statistics on mortality and years of potential life lost. Reports the top ten preliminary leading causes of sum, median, and mean billed charges.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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Alaska Facts and Figures: Alaska Resident Leading Causes of Death - Top Ten by Year (2012-2016)
Ranks the leading causes of death for Alaska residents from 2012 to 2016 by year and gender, race, age group, and public health region. Includes statistics on mortality and years of potential life lost.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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Rural Innovation Profile: Rural Hospital High Reliability
Shares details from Central Peninsula Hospital's (CPH) pursuit of high reliability patient care, with the goal of eliminating all serious harm to patients by 2020. Located in Soldotna, Alaska, CPH is a 49-bed nonprofit rural hospital striving to provide error-free care in a high-hazard environment and become the safest hospital in Alaska.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Store Owners as Potential Agents of Change: Energy Drinks in the Interior of Alaska
Discusses how store workers can act as health advocates by limiting or promoting specific products to improve the health status of their rural Alaskan community.
Author(s): Janet M. Wojcicki, Peter de Schweinitz
Citation: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 76(1)
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
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High Tobacco Use Prevalence with Significant Regional and Sex Differences in Smokeless Tobacco Use among Western Alaska Native People: The WATCH Study
Describes tobacco use patterns for Alaska Natives in two western regions of Alaska to inform tobacco cessation efforts and to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use. Includes baseline characteristics and tobacco use statistics for Alaska Native adults.
Author(s): Kathryn R. Koller, Christie A. Flanagan, Gretchen E. Day, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 76(1)
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
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Health Impacts of Methamphetamine Use in Alaska
Presents a report on methamphetamine use in Alaska. Analyzes rates of usage and mortality by demographics, such as age, race, and region of the state, among others.
Author(s): Laura Coughlin, Deborah Hull-Jilly
Citation: State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin, 19(4)
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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Promoting Community Conversations about Research to End Suicide: Learning and Behavioural Outcomes of a Training-of-Trainers Model to Facilitate Grassroots Community Health Education to Address Indigenous Youth Suicide Prevention
Discusses theoretical and practical considerations of Promoting Community Conversations About Research to End Suicide (PC CARES), a community health intervention, and assesses the feasibility, learning and behavioral outcomes. PC CARES provides culturally competent, evidence-based multilevel suicide preventive efforts for youth in rural Alaska Native communities.
Author(s): Lisa Wexler, Lucas Trout, Suzanne Rataj, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 76(1)
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
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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.
Additional links: Audio Recording, Download Video Recording, Presentation Slides
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 Facts and Figures: 2016 Emergency Department Super-Utilizer Facts
Provides statistics on Alaskan residents who visit the emergency department most frequently in 2016 by primary payer type, age group, and public health region.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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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 Facts and Figures: Leading Causes of Death in Alaska, 2015
Describes the top ten causes of death for Alaska residents in 2015 by gender, race, age, and public health region.
Author(s): Heidi Lengdorfer, Rebecca Topol, Richard Raines
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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Alaska Facts and Figures: Inpatient Hospitalization Charges by Major Diagnostic Category, 2015
Describes the top ten inpatient hospitalization charges by major diagnostic category by sum, median, and number of billed charges.
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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Alaska Facts and Figures: Firearm Mortality, Alaska Residents, 2011-2015
Describes the number and rate of firearm mortality for Alaskan residents from 2011 to 2015 by year, gender, race, age group, and public health region.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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Alaska Facts and Figures: Unintentional Injury and Violent Death Mortality, Alaska Residents, 2011-2015
Describes the number and rate of unintentional injuries and violent death mortality for Alaskan residents from 2011 to 2015 by year, gender, race, age group, and public health region.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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Alaska Facts and Figures: Drug Overdose-Related Emergency Department Visits and Hospitalizations, 2015
Describes the number and rate of drug overdose-related emergency department visits and hospitalizations for Alaskan residents in 2015 by gender, race, age group, and public health region.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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Alaska Facts and Figures: Drug Overdose Mortality, Alaska Residents, 2011-2015
Describes the number and rate of drug overdose mortality for Alaska residents from 2011 to 2015 by year, gender, race, age group, and public health region.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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Alaska Facts and Figures: Leading Causes of Hospitalization, 2015
Describes the number and rate of leading causes of hospitalization by major diagnostic category for Alaska residents in 2015 by gender, race, age group, and public health region.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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Alaska Facts and Figures: Mortality, Leading Causes, Alaska Residents, 2011-2015
Describes the the number and rate of leading causes of mortality for Alaska residents from 2011 to 2015 by year, gender, race, age group, and public health region.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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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.
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
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Infectious Disease Hospitalizations among American Indian/Alaska Native and Non–American Indian/Alaska Native Persons in Alaska, 2010-2011
Analyzes a state database to determine infectious disease hospitalization rates among American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) Alaskan residents. Compares statistics for AI/AN and non-AI/AN persons by year, sex, and age, and covers other hospitalization statistics.
Author(s): Prabhu P. Gounder, Robert C. Holman, Sara M. Seeman, et al.
Citation: Public Health Reports, 132(1), 65-75
Date: 2017
Type: Document
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Alaska AHEC Program 2017 Annual Report
Details the 2017 program highlights and accomplishments of Alaska's Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Alaska Area Health Education Centers Program, Alaska Center for Rural Health and Health Workforce
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Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations for Acute and Chronic Conditions in Alaska, 2010–2012
Estimates potentially preventable hospitalizations (PPH) for acute and chronic conditions among Alaskan adults aged 18 years and older from 2010 to 2012. Includes statistics on PPH, for both acute and chronic conditions, and all other hospitalizations by sex, age group, hospital location, and expected payment source.
Author(s): Prabhu P. Gounder, Sara M. Seeman, Robert C. Holman, et al.
Citation: Preventive Medicine Reports, 4, 614-621
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
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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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Challenges and Barriers to Health Care and Overall Health in Older Residents of Alaska: Evidence from a National Survey
Analyzes healthcare access and preventative health behaviors of the growing Alaskan senior population by comparing their health status, healthcare coverage, and length of time between check-ups to seniors in the continental U.S. Describes the barriers of geographic isolation, climate, and poverty impacting Alaskan older adults.
Author(s): Julia D. Foutz, Steven A. Cohen, Sarah K. Cook
Citation: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 75(1)
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
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Transforming Child Welfare Outcomes 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.
Citation: 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
Citation: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 75(1)
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
Describes 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
Citation: 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
Citation: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 75(1)
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 organizations: Alaska Area Health Education Centers Program, Alaska Center for Rural Health and Health Workforce
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Alaska Health Care Workforce Profile: Identifying Occupations That Are Hardest to Fill
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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Development and Evaluation of a Support Program for Prostate Cancer Survivors in Alaska
Examines the needs of Alaska Native and non-Native prostate cancer survivors. Assesses survivors' satisfaction with, and acceptance of, a men's cancer survivor retreat to inform the development of a prostate cancer support program.
Author(s): Stacy Kelley, Christine DeCourtney, Julia Thorsness
Citation: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 74(1)
Date: 11/2015
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 organizations: Alaska Area Health Education Centers Program, Alaska Center for Rural Health and Health Workforce
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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
Citation: American Journal of Community Psychology, 54(1-2), 153-169
Date: 09/2014
Type: Document
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Paediatric Trauma on the Last Frontier: An 11-Year Review of Injury Mechanisms, High-Risk Injury Patterns and Outcomes in Alaskan Children
Describes the development of a pediatric trauma system in remote, very rural, and urban Alaska from 2001 to 2011 using trauma data for all children 17 years and under. Includes comparative data for the type of injury and frequency, geographic region, high risk patterns, and outcomes.
Author(s): Christopher W. Snyder, Oliver J. Muensterer, Frank Sacco, Shawn D. Safford
Citation: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 73(1)
Date: 08/2014
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
Citation: 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
Citation: 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
Citation: 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
Examines the experiences of traditional Alaska Native ways. Covers subsistence activities may prevent suicide and strengthen indigenous populations.
Author(s): Christopher R. DeCou, Monica C. Skewes, Ellen D. S. López
Citation: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 72(1)
Date: 08/2013
Type: Document
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Health Workforce Assessment: Tools for Policymakers and Planners
Provides information and statistics on the rural healthcare workforce, rural healthcare assessments, and other factors affecting the delivery of healthcare in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho.
Author(s): Susan M. Skillman, Davis G. Patterson, Denise M. Lishner, Mark P. Doescher, C. Holly A. Andrilla
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 multiple definitions of rural. Describes the impacts of using 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, focusing on Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho, supporting education and the recruitment and retention of the rural healthcare workforce.
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 statistics on healthcare professionals in rural and urban areas of 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 characteristics and challenges of the rural healthcare workforce. Covers factors affecting delivery of healthcare 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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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 by CHA/Ps in remote, rural Alaska.
Author(s): Christine Golnick, Elvin Asay, Ellen Provost, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 71(1)
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
Citation: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 75(3), 474-480
Date: 03/2012
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: U.S. National Library of Medicine
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Alaska Community Health Aide Program
Describes the Community Health Aide Program (CHAP) and the network of Community Health Aides/Practitioners from more than 170 rural Alaska villages. Provides information and resources for training, and completes assessments and referrals for community members 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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ERS State Fact Sheet: Alaska
State-level data on population, poverty, food security, educational attainment, employment, and income. Includes data for rural areas, urban areas, and the state as a whole.
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. Covers demographics, economic well-being, education, family and community, health, and safety and risky behaviors. Some data available by region of the state.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Alaska QuickFacts
State-level data on demographics, housing, income, and other social determinants of health, with the option to add data for counties and cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more. Includes information from multiple U.S. Census Bureau censuses, surveys, and programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Alaska State Health Facts
State-level data on demographics, health status, healthcare costs and access, healthcare providers, and more.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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U.S. Census Bureau Intergovernmental Affairs: Tribal Affairs
Highlights the Census Bureau's relationship with tribal governments and provides important American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) and tribal resources. Includes access to AI/AN data tables and data tools.
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: 6/19/2018