Betty jo Schmitz – CHA Spotlight

What do you do when you are in your 60s, your children have left home and your husband has retired?  Not many people would say, “I think I’ll become a village health aide!”  But Betty Schmitz, known as B.J., did just that.  She and her husband had lived in Bettles many years before, but moved to Fairbanks and raised their …

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Expanding to The Future with New Services For CAIHC

It has been over 7 years since the vision for the Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center (CAIHC) became a reality, and now it’s time for another expansion. The clinic, which opened services to the public in December of 2012, was designed with the expectation that additional services and expansions would be added in the future. It wasn’t long ago that …

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Anticipated Opening of Upper Tanana Health Center

TCC plans to begin operations of the Upper Tanana Health Center in Tok. The 16,000-square-foot clinic will be expected to open its doors and offer primary care, urgent care, dental, behavioral health, lab, radiology, and pharmacy services to patients in the Upper Tanana Health region. There will be a small ceremony where Chief Chaaiy Albert, tribal delegate from Northway and …

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State of Alaska vs Food Security in Rural Alaska

Food security for the Interior villages has been unstable given both the COVID-19 pandemic and the record low salmon runs which has limited the ability for tribal members to store enough food for the winter. Several tribes requested assistance from the State and Federal managers to provide emergency hunts. The State of Alaska denied the requests. The Federal Subsistence Board …

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