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Health and Healthcare in Alaska

Alaska Healthcare Provider Videos

Alaska Public Health Nursing Recruitment Videos
The Alaska Division of Public Health put together a series of public health nursing videos for several different geographic regions of Alaska including: interior, southcentral, southwest and southeast regions. These videos of Alaska public health nurses given you an insight to the challenges, rewards and opportunities in this field.

Three medical providers (trained in the WWAMI medical program) talk about working in rural Alaskan communities:
Dr. Marcia Haggerty in Bethel  
Dr. Katy Sheridan in Soldotna  
Dr. Peter Rice in Ketchikan  

Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness The Native Voices exhibition explores the many ideas that contribute to wellness among native peoples. Honoring the native tradition of oral history, the National Library of Medicine has gathered a multitude of healing voices from across the country so that you may hear their stories in their own words. Short excerpts from the interviews can be viewed in this portion of the exhibition website. Alaska contains interviews from 12 providers and community members. Select Region-Alaska.

Seasons of Light is a Maniilaq Association recruiting video that shows a slice of life in the far north as well how healthcare is delivered in rural Alaska.

Alaska Health Data

AK IBIS-Alaska’s Public Health Data Resource
The State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services’ Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health (AK-IBIS) provides statistical numerical data as well as contextual information on the health status of Alaskans and the state of Alaska’s health care system. New data sets are continually being added to this resource.

Healthy Alaskans 2020
Healthy Alaskans 2020 (HA2020) is a joint effort between the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, to set health goals for Alaska.  HA2020 is a framework of 25 health priorities for Alaska. Each priority has its own target for improvement to reach by 2020. The framework is based on the latest scientific evidence and the input of Alaskans from communities across the state. This website includes both state and national resources, as well as strategies to help meet the goals.

InstantAtlas health profiles use state, regional, and community health data to create interactive maps, charts and tables that display public health risk factor surveillance data spatially over time. Health risk measures are aggregated into one or more Alaskan geographic systems that include: Alaska Public Health regions, Metro/Micropolitan Statistical Areas, Boroughs/Census Areas and Alaska Tribal Health Regions. InstantAtlas allows easy comparison of data across both temporal and spatial variables.

Health Care in Alaska

Health Care in Alaska by Denny De Gross (February 2001)
This paper gives a broad overview of Alaska’s Health Care System and the historical context in which is was formed. Click Here  for the full text.

The following report gives a more up-to-date view of the health care systems in Alaska put out by the State of Alaska in April 2014: Health Care in Alaska


Yuuyaraq: The Way of the Human Being  by Harold Napoleon, edited by Eric Madsen (1996)
Description from the Alaska Native Knowledge Network Site.
Occasionally an author takes bits and pieces of information that many people are more or less familiar with and puts them together in a way that offers new possibilities for understanding events around us. The focal point in Harold Napolean’s Yuuyaraq is such a discussion. It is about the initial effects and continuing impact of the epidemic that afflicted Alaska Natives from the 1770s through the 1940s.

Note: This book can be purchased from Waveland Press.

Do Alaska Native People Get Free Medical Care?*  (and other frequently asked questions about Alaska Native issues and cultures) Libby Roderik, Editor (2008)
This book was prepared by UAA/APU faculty and Anchorage community members as a companion to the Books of the Year for 2008/2009 (Yuuyaraq and Growing UP Native). It provides responses to common questions about Alaska Native issues (the answer to the title question is “No, they paid in advance.”) and includes recommended readings on a wide variety of topics including identity, language and culture, subsistence, ANCSA, the effects of colonialism, education and health care, and the future.

Note:This book can be purchased from the University of Alaska Press.

Chills and Fever: Health and Disease in the Early History of Alaska by Robert Fortuine (1989)
Review from the University of Alaska Press:
The history of medicine encompasses the whole range of human life, society and endeavor.  In this ambitious book, Robert Fortuine leads readers through the early history of Alaska by tracing the health of its people.  He presents a concise summary of the health aspects of traditional Alaskan cultures and reconstructs the best available picture of the various diseases from which people suffered up to the time of the first European contact.

His narrative follows the often uneven growth of health services in Alaska, including the ship’s surgeons on the earliest voyages of exploration, the unique health care system of the Russian-American Company, and the American medical missions in the hectic times of the Gold Rush. He offers sketches of the health problems that had the most profound impacts on Alaska history, including smallpox, influenza, syphilis, tuberculosis, and alcohol abuse. Chills and Fever belongs in the libraries of health workers, historians, anthropologists, and anyone with an interest in this unique and informative perspective on Alaska’s past.

Note:This book can be purchased from the University of Alaska Press.