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April is Alcohol Awareness Month; created by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. The observance helps to increase outreach and education regarding the dangers of alcoholism and issues related to alcohol.

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.

Research provides insight; insight inspires innovation; innovation translates into improved health outcomes for Alaska Native people, and communities around the state.

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.

Learning circles are opportunities for people to connect and build relationships through a variety of wellness activities.

Tyler Uppaaruluk Young; Tsimshian, Eagle Clan from Metlakatla and Sugpiaq (Alutiiq) from Port Graham; grew up in Anchorage and spent time in Juneau as a young adult.