Rural Health

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Long-term boost to Alaska’s Head Start early childhood program trimmed by veto

Care providers say the money is going to salaries to retain teachers and keep centers open.
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Rabies could become a disease of the past. Here’s what it would take.

Asia and Africa — where 95% of rabies cases happen — have two obstacles to progress.
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As Ketchikan’s main homeless shelter closed, participants voiced frustration

First City Homeless Services served its last meal on June 14, leaving a void for the hundreds who relied on it.
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Screening for, preventing, and treating colorectal cancer | Line One: Your Health Connection

Host Dr. Justin Clark and his guests discuss resources for colon cancer screening, and hear one person’s journey through a diagnosis.

Mental Health Resource Fair – Sept. 21

Alaska Public Media is hosting its third annual Mental Health Resource Fair at the Spenard Community Recreation Center (2020 W 48th Ave. in Anchorage)...
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Denali and Fairbanks-area fires disrupt tourists and communities in Alaska

Wildfires around the state have accelerated, with fires at the entrance of Denali National Park and around Fairbanks causing the most problems.
A woman smiles at the camera next to an image of a butchered salmon.

How to heal your soil on an island covered in volcanic ash | INDIE ALASKA

Marion Owen is learning how to repair Kodiak's dense, ashy soil through the power of compost to grow the garden of her dreams.
Akiak

Akiak residents say weeks without power have ruined frozen food stores, drained savings

The outage, which has caused the Kuskokwim River town’s residents severe hardships, appears to be part of a broader issue with its generators.
A man in a reflective vest picks uses a trash picker around tarps, tents and needles.

The Supreme Court says cities can punish people for sleeping in public places

The decision is a win for Western cities that wanted more powers to manage record homelessness. But advocates say it won't solve the larger problem.

Celebrating World Refugee Day in Alaska | Talk of Alaska

How can communities best help those who have been displaced from their home countries? We discuss welcoming new neighbors on this Talk of Alaska.
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Possible rat sighting on remote St. Paul Island raises alarm

It may sound silly to outsiders, but for the remote Pribilof Island, a possible rat sighting could be a big deal.
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‘An unfair fight’: The U.S. surgeon general declares war on social media

Vivek Murthy called this week for social media platforms to carry warning labels like those put on cigarettes and alcohol, due to their effects on teens.
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Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly considers $38.5M Homer hospital bond

The bond would go towards acquiring land and much needed maintenance for South Peninsula Hospital.
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Ketchikan’s main homeless shelter is shutting its doors for good

First City Homeless Services' board wrote that “continual obstructive behavior” from the Ketchikan City Council led them to the decision.
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Supreme Court rejects challenge to FDA’s approval of mifepristone

The court said that the challengers had no right to be in court at all since they could not show they had suffered any actual injury from the FDA rules.
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A new lawsuit over Alaska’s Medicaid backlog asks a judge to order faster processing

As of last month, more than 15,000 Alaskans had Medicaid applications awaiting approval by the Division of Public Assistance.
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Juneau’s hospital hears from the community as budget crisis threatens service cuts

Some residents say there could be damaging consequences for the community if the services are lost.
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How much fish do Alaskans eat? Enough to require new water pollution rules, EPA says

The EPA is giving the state six to 12 months to come up with new or revised standards for more than 100 pollutants in state waters.

A Homer needle exchange offers safer supplies for rural Alaskans and a bridge to recovery

Alaska’s geography means many people in rural areas have trouble getting clean syringes.
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Alaska health officials point to wastewater sampling as useful disease-tracking tool

Wastewater testing is helpful in keeping track of COVID-19 and other contagious diseases, and state health officials hope to expand it.
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Appeals court approves involuntarily medicating Nikiski man for murder trial

River Aspelund, accused of killing his mother in 2022, had challenged his antipsychotic medication by Alaska Psychiatric Institute staff.
A sign with an arrow pointing right toward Nesbett Courthouse and an arrow pointing left toward Boney Courthouse.

25 Years of Therapeutic Courts | Talk of Alaska

How well have therapeutic courts like mental health and DUI courts performed in the last 25 years and what will the next 25 look like?
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Alaska Supreme Court confirms: ‘Hoverboard dentist’ is banned from dentistry in Alaska

In a separate criminal case, former dentist Seth Lookhart was sentenced to 20 years in prison with eight suspended.
A man looks on while a woman touches a big machine.

ANTHC launches first in-state lab for cervical cancer screening

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium started a new program in May to test for human papillomavirus, or HPV, in its own lab.
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Federal bill would add veterinary care to IHS duties to address rabies, other risks in rural Alaska

Veterinarians are scarce in Indigenous communities but the need is great, given the diseases circulating in wildlife that can spread to pets and people.

Alaska Public Media’s rural health coverage is supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and our members.

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