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2018 ANMC Health Fair

Are you or your family members planning to attend the annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention? The 2018 convention will be held in the heart of downtown Anchorage at the Dena’ina Convention and Civic Center on October 18 – 20. The theme for this year is Innovation in the past, present, and future.


Child and Family Developmental Services Welcomes Newest Medical Provider

Dr. Randy Zernzach has a gentle and calm demeanor, with a kind smile and a twinkle in his eye; an almost ideal persona for a pediatrician. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force Academy and a former E-3 pilot stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Zernzach graduated medical school in 1995 and traveled around the lower 48 as a pediatrician assigned to a variety of military bases. , he found himself with referrals of children who had been labeled developmentally disabled. As his patient list grew, he found himself drawn to this group of children and the amazing families he worked with. Following three additional years of training with the Madigan Army Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital, Zernzach was officially a developmental behavioral pediatrician.


Jesse Merculief: A Modern Survivor

Jesse Lynn Merculief’s cancer survivor story began at 18 —  with an abnormal pap smear. Jesse contracted HPV. The Center for Disease Control states HPV is so common that, “…nearly all sexually active men and women,” get it in their lifetime; some strains are even asymptomatic. Unfortunately, Jesse was exposed to a cancerous strain and was diagnosed with cervical cancer.


IHS Recognizes the Advance Care Planning Initiative 

Your Care, Your Choices, the advanced care planning initiative created by Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Southcentral Foundation, was awarded an Indian Health Services Director’s Award for 2017. A team of 39 professionals, with representatives from the medical as well as business side of both ANTHC and SCF, developed this unique program.

Putting an End to Sexual Assault

In the past, the conversation about sexual assault and harassment has been timid, if not silent. But the world has shifted to create a more welcoming environment to express personal feelings and provide more emphasis on the rights of men and women to control their own bodies. This cultural development has caused the massive scope […]