Preventing Suicide through Family Togetherness

Family Time is essential for our youth’s mental health and wellness. Consistent family time can help youth feel important and loved. By spending time together, youth can build confidence, increase communication, and build trust. Through the establishment and nurtured relationships, a safe space is developed.  Forming these bonds can be a great method for identifying signs and symptoms of suicide. …

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Tina Nollner – CHA Spotlight

The residents of Circle had no idea that the frightening illness of the recent newcomer would bring health to the entire community, but it did.  Tina Nollner recalls, “I moved to Circle in March of 2018, and soon after got really, really sick.  I felt like I was going to die and here I was in a remote village with …

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Oil & Gas Exploration Threatens Gwich’in Way of Life

Lizhik Gwats’an Gwandaii Goodlit translates to ‘The Sacred Place Where Life Begins’, which is what the Gwich’in people call the Coastal Plain of the 19.3 million acre land known as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The land was named this because it is the birthing, calving and post-calving grounds of the Porcupine Caribou herd – a herd that the …

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Advocacy/Legislative Update 8.14.20

State Sues Over Hunting Decision The State of Alaska has filed a preliminary injunction against the Federal Subsistence Board decision that gave local federal land managers the authority to open federal lands in their respective jurisdictions for fishing and hunting by emergency or temporary regulations to lessen food insecurities due to COVID19.  The state alleges that this act constituted an …

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CAIHC Uses Family History to Prevent Cancer

The Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center (CAIHC) is using family history to assist patients in reducing their chances of developing colon cancer. CAIHC is identifying relatives of those who have had a history of precancerous colon polyps. This will assist providers in identifying patients who should be screen every 5 years and who may need to begin screening before the …

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Agnes Silas – CHA Spotlight

Agnes Silas, Minto CHA Some people spend a lifetime trying to find their passion, what they want to contribute to the world.  Others, like Agnes Silas, one of three Minto health aides, knew from her earliest years what she wanted to be when she grew up.  “Even when I was little, I was interested in the medical field, in helping …

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Energy Assistance Public Comment

Tanana Chiefs Conference plans to provide services under the Low Income Home Energy AssistanceProgram (LIHEAP) for FY2021, which is available for review online at the following link. Persons wishing to comment on the proposed plan can comment by public hearing, which will take place via Zoom Video Conference:Thursday, August 27, 20202:00pm – 4:00pm Be a part of the process and …

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