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Healthy Alaskans releases scorecards on Alaska's health progress in 2020, sets improvement plan for next decade

| Feb 9, 2021 | Alaska

Healthy Alaskans has released health data on how well Alaska has done in 2020 in improving the health of Alaskans throughout the state. This scorecard showed that Alaska has met the target or improved on 12 of its 25 health goals. Healthy Alaskans has also finalized their new state health...[ Read More ]

Concerns in Alaska Senate Health and Social Services Committee over a bill that would extend the COVID-19 disaster declaration

| Feb 3, 2021 | Alaska

Senate Health and Social Services Committee members expressed concerns over SB 56, which would extend the COVID-19 disaster emergency declaration in Alaska. These concerns ranged from the constitutionality of the original gubernatorial order and concerns over the data used by the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) to inform...[ Read More ]

Testing and lab sequencing detects first case of variant SARS-CoV-2 strain in Alaska

| Jan 26, 2021 | Alaska

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) announced today that an Anchorage resident who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection last month was infected with a variant strain of the virus known as B.1.1.7, which was originally detected in September in the United Kingdom. This is the first identification...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Health legislation, State budget, DHSS split

| Jan 20, 2021 | Alaska

We are now on the other side of the 45th peaceful transfer of power since our Constitution was ratified in 1789. It is one of the most uncommon things in the great swath of human history, having hardly been done without swords or battles of some sort. Here, in America,...[ Read More ]

House Health and Social Services committee hears testimony on proposed split of DHSS

Sydney Kurle | Jan 13, 2021 | Alaska

On Wednesday the House Health and Social Services committee heard testimony from multiple experts on Governor Mike Dunleavy’s proposed bifurcation of the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS). The overwhelming sentiment from these experts was that the proposed split would do more harm than good to the people who...[ Read More ]

HHS Deputy Secretary announces $6.5 million in telehealth funding

Sydney Kurle | Jan 12, 2021 | Alaska

United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan announced Monday that $6.5 million of funding over three years will be committed to researching and deploying telehealth funding in rural areas.  This telehealth broadband pilot program will link federal initiatives in the U.S. Department of Health...[ Read More ]

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