Health

The entrance to the Anchorage Correctional Complex is seen on Aug. 29, 2022. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Two people die after just one day in Alaska corrections custody this month

BY: - August 31, 2022

Janet Minock got a knock on her apartment door the morning of Aug. 23. It was two Anchorage Police Department officers telling her that her 35-year-old daughter, Nastashia Minock, was dead. According to Janet Minock, the police officers told her this: Nastashia was found unresponsive at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center around 1:30 a.m. Aug. 23. […]

Bartlett Regional Hospital's main entrance.

Former Juneau hospital senior employee arrested Thursday for theft  

BY: - August 25, 2022

A former senior level employee at Juneau’s hospital was arrested early Thursday evening for allegedly stealing $108,000 from the medical institution. Bradley Grigg, former chief behavioral health officer at Bartlett Regional Hospital, was indicted in Juneau Superior Court on Thursday on two counts of theft in the first degree. Bartlett Regional Hospital is owned by […]

A COVID-19 testing site operated by the Arctic Slope Native Association is seen on Aug. 2 in Utqiagvik. The pandemic put new demands on an Alaska healthcare workforce that was already suffering from staff shortages. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska’s COVID ‘superstorm’ experience of 2021 offers lessons for future pandemics, study says

BY: - August 24, 2022

Alaska’s experience with the delta wave that emerged in the COVID-19 pandemic is likened to a “superstorm” in a new study that compares pandemic patterns in regions across the Arctic. The study, by a research group at the University of Northern Iowa that is focusing on COVID-19 in the Arctic, was published on Aug. 17 […]

A vial containing the monkeypox vaccine is seein on July 23, 2022, in London, England. This type of vaccine, called JYNNEOS or Imvanex, is available in Alaska for anyone who has been in contact with infected individuals. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)

More Alaskans now eligible for monkeypox vaccine, and some seem eager for that protection

BY: - August 19, 2022

Alaska has expanded the eligibility for vaccination to prevent monkeypox, and residents are taking up on the offers for protection against the virus, officials with the state Department of Health said on Friday. The department last week broadened eligibility standards to include people who have been in contact with someone exposed to monkeypox or at […]

A sign at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus, seen on July 21, expresses appreciation for healthcare workers. UAA has several training programs, including one focused on rural Alaska, and the university is one of the partners in a $9.7 million federal grant secured by the Alaska Primary Care Association. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska health organization secures $9.7 million grant to train new workers

BY: - August 8, 2022

Alaska health care organizations have an injection of federal money to help recruit and train more workers to fill a variety of in-demand positions. The Alaska Primary Care Association has won a $9.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Good Jobs Challenge program for a wide-ranging project to expand health care opportunities by […]

A vial containing the monkeypox vaccine is seein on July 23, 2022, in London, England. This type of vaccine, called JYNNEOS or Imvanex, is available in Alaska for anyone who has been in contact with infected individuals. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)

Monkeypox arrives in Alaska with Anchorage man as state’s first patient

BY: - July 29, 2022

Alaska has recorded its first case of monkeypox, the viral disease that is currently causing a global epidemic. An Anchorage man has tested positive for the disease and is isolating at home, the Alaska Department of Health and Anchorage Health Department said in a joint statement Friday. The patient had not traveled recently but was […]

Alaska Health Commissioner Adam Crum, speaking at a Wasilla news conference on May 3, explains how fentanyl's extreme potency makes it possible for even a tiny dose to be fatal. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Report details Alaska demographics hurt most by 2021 spike in drug-overdose deaths

BY: - July 28, 2022

In Alaska, the state with the nation’s biggest increase in drug overdose deaths from 2020 to 2021, certain demographic groups have been at higher risk, according to a newly released report: men more than women, Alaska Natives more than other ethnic groups and Anchorage and Gulf Coast residents more than those in other parts of […]

This digitally colorized electron microscopic (EM) image depicts monkeypox virus particles, obtained from a clinical sample associated with a 2003 prairie dog outbreak. It was a thin section image from of a human skin sample. On the left were mature, oval-shaped virus particles, and on the right were the crescents, and spherical particles of immature virions. (Photo by Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regnery and Hannah Bullock/U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Congress mostly silent as states struggle to contain monkeypox

BY: - July 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — Two months after doctors diagnosed the first case of monkeypox in the United States, Congress has yet to hold a hearing, or give any significant attention to the painful and debilitating virus that’s spread to more than 4,600 people.  Public health officials in the Biden administration have held several briefings, expanded testing capacity […]

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks at a press event where Democratic senators spoke in favor of the Right to Contraception Act on July 26, 2022, in Washington, D.C. To the left of Klobuchar is Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. In back of Klobuchar is Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and to the right is Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii. (Photo by Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

Bill guaranteeing right to birth control blocked in U.S. Senate by Republican

BY: - July 27, 2022

WASHINGTON —  U.S. Senate Democrats tried to pass legislation Wednesday that would guarantee women can continue using contraception if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the long-standing precedent, the way it did with abortion.  But Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst blocked their efforts by objecting to Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Ed Markey’s request for unanimous consent to […]

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Lives hang in the balance as time runs out for action on health insurance

BY: - July 26, 2022

Five years ago I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Yet I’m the lucky one. I could afford to get treatment. Too many people in America don’t have the health care they need, even today. The 2021 American Rescue Plan included subsidies to make health insurance more affordable than ever, resulting in a record-breaking […]

A northern red-backed vole scampers through a forested area of the Kenai Peninsula. Voles and other small mammals are the likely reservoirs of Alaskapox virus, a recently identified and much more rare relative of the monkeypox virus. (Photo by Colin Canturbury/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Alaskapox a subject of scientific intrigue while world copes with more dangerous monkeypox

BY: - July 18, 2022

Monkeypox, a potentially deadly disease caused by a virulent strain of a virus in the Orthopoxvirus genus, is spreading at an alarming rate, with over 1,800 U.S. cases identified as of mid-July in all but seven states. Farther north, there is a much rarer, much more recently discovered and apparently much more benign cousin of […]

This image shows someone dialing 988 on a cell phone. The three-digit number for suicide prevention and mental health crisis support is operational in Alaska and across the nation as of July 16, 2022.

Alaskans can now dial 988 to reach mental health crisis hotline

BY: - July 16, 2022

Alaskans who find themselves in a mental health crisis can now call or text 988 to access a trained crisis counselor. Support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to individuals of all ages. The three-digit number for suicide prevention and mental health crisis support became operational in Alaska and across the […]