Rachel Cassandra, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

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A new app is helping Alaskans with disabilities and memory loss become more independent

For lots of families in Alaska, MapHabit could become indispensable. The state has a shortage of care workers and many families are stretched thin.

Physician assistants say proposed rules could spell disaster for rural Alaska health care

Those speaking out against the regulations include PAs, physician, and health care administrators.

Opioid overdose reversal drugs are now available over-the-counter in Alaska

The opioid overdose treatment Narcan became available over the counter in pharmacies throughout Alaska last week. The treatments will cost $45 for a box of two.

Three Anchorage teens head to North Carolina to present anti-bullying lessons

West High junior Edison Wallace Moyer says youth have unique insight on bullying "just by virtue of they're the ones being bullied."

What to know about the new COVID, flu and RSV shots in Alaska this fall  

Alaskans will soon be able to get the new COVID vaccine, with a new respiratory syncytial virus immunization for infants already available.
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From advertising to art: A cancer diagnosis prompts a meaningful journey for one Alaskan

Jim Coe has worked in advertising for many years, so he decided early on in his treatment that he wanted to get the word out about the importance of early cancer detection.
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Classes help Alaska’s growing number of refugees navigate baffling U.S. health care system

“That's the thing that I try to teach my clients: you have voice, you have rights," said Lilian Montoya with Catholic Social Services.

Good Medicine exhibit at Anchorage Museum features Indigenous healers and medicine people

Good Medicine includes paintings, illustrations, a medicine wheel, a women’s house and a men’s house – which are traditionally used for healing, teaching and meetings. 
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Providence breaks ground on behavioral health crisis center in Anchorage that aims to keep people out of emergency room

The center will have space for 24 people who need mental health and substance-use stabilization.
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A Bethel social worker rewrites their own story as they help queer youth find peace and belonging

LGBTQ+ youth face high rates of suicide, self-harm and housing instability. But an organization in Alaska called Choosing Our Roots is helping them find safe homes.

Thousands of Alaskans may lose their Medicaid benefits this year, but not because they don’t qualify

Thousands of Alaskans are at risk of losing their Medicaid benefits this year – many because of paperwork issues.

New drug use and HIV harm reduction center opens in the Mat-Su Borough

The center serves people looking to reduce HIV and Hepatitis transmission and to reduce opioid overdoses.

Leaders in Huslia aim to convince residents to stay with affordable housing

The lack of affordable housing is a crisis across Alaska. It’s one of the reasons the state is losing working-age people every year.

U.S. assistant health secretary visits Alaska to talk with tribal leaders

Adm. Rachel Levine met with Tribal Health Organizations to learn more about the state's unique public health challenges.

A grieving father helped develop a new Anchorage curriculum on the dangers of opioids

Kellsie struggled with her addiction, but she dreamed of a life beyond it. She told her dad she wanted to write a book and visit schools to tell her story after her recovery.
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Alaska veteran hopes his struggle with mental health convinces others to seek care earlier

Veteran James Phelps dealt with PTSD from his service and from losing a friend to suicide. He hopes his story will convince other veterans to reach out for help.
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Health experts warn of rising rates of syphilis in pregnant women and babies in Alaska

Congenital syphilis can lead to serious complications like premature birth, stillbirth or a baby born with blindness or deformed bones.

Kake resident finds healing by crafting traditional Lingít cedar roses

Frank Hughes has made thousands of roses over the years. And he’s discovered that for him, they have a unique healing effect.
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Mat-Su Borough passes resolution to allocate $2.3M of opioid distribution settlement funds

The Mat-Su Borough Assembly unanimously passed a resolution to begin allocating the funds on July 18.
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$100K of specialty cycling equipment stolen from Challenge Alaska in Anchorage

The stolen equipment was a mix of standard bicycles and specially-made cycles for people with disabilities.