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News stories from the past 60 days.

In Northwest Arctic, Teens to Lead the Way in Suicide Prevention
Sep 7, 2014 - For the last five years, the Northwest Arctic Borough School District has coordinated the Youth Leaders program, training up approximately 120 students to serve as social "captains" at their schools in the 11 villages in the region. The goal is two-fold: To teach the students to be leaders in their communities and to deal with social problems, like bullying, drug abuse, domestic violence and suicide.
Source: Alaska Dispatch News
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Alaska Natives Wait… And Wait, For Health Law Exemption
Sep 3, 2014 - Most Americans are supposed to have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act but up to 50,000 Alaska Natives and American Indians in Alaska are excused from the requirement. They do, however, have to apply for that lifetime exemption and the federal government is mishandling many of those applications. This article discusses the trouble in more depth.
Source: Alaska Public Media
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Report: Alaska Behind U.S. in Overall Health
Aug 29, 2014 - This article covers the results of a recent report concluding that Alaska has one of the lowest health status' in the nation, citing mortality rates as an indicator. It also describes how rural Alaska is disproportionately affected since it is a difficult environment to provide public health and preventative services due to a dispersed population, high transportation costs, and limited local public health infrastructure.
Source: The Bristol Bay Times
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Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Secures Funding for New Patient Housing
Aug 28, 2014 - The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium secured funding this week for a large new patient housing facility in Anchorage that will provide rooms for people traveling far from home for health care. The article discusses how this will provide accessibility and an incentive to utilize healthcare options.
Source: Alaska Dispatch News
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Odds of Infant Death Higher in Remote Villages Than in Rural Hubs and Cities, Research Shows
Aug 19, 2014 - Alaska Native babies in small, remote villages die at twice the rate of Native infants in cities, according to new research from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. This article discusses the findings of this new research, placing much of the cause of the disparity on a lack of access to healthcare.
Source: Alaska Dispatch News
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Last Updated: 9/12/2014

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