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Join Anchorage Health Education and celebrate Cervical Cancer Awareness Month with Teal Seal Fridays, every Friday in January, held in the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center lobby

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.

Imagine: needing primary care services, but being told that you must wait days, weeks, or even months to schedule an appointment with your provider; you identify a need for supportive behavioral health services or support groups but are unable to find any;

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.

One of the most important services in any health care organization is that of the pharmacy.

In rural Alaska communities, pharmacy services are especially important as approximately 10,000 customer-owners reside in the Rural Anchorage Service Unit.

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.

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States. It starts in your inner colon or rectum by growing polyps, which are not always cancerous, but can be. If a polyp is larger than 1 centimeter in diameter or there are more than two growths, there is more of a chance of cancer being involved.

Each fall, Southcentral Foundation receives an increase of requests for site visits and facility tours to be given for U.S. government representatives and prospective grantors.

Treatment of an infected person’s sexual partners is vital to preventing sexually transmitted disease re-infection.

Living in remote locations like rural Alaska can mean that trips for groceries, gas, and even health necessities sometimes need to be planned in advance.