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Detailed Agenda for the 2022 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference is now available!

| Sep 8, 2022 | Alaska

The Detailed Agenda for our 2022 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference is now available!     Through our extensive stakeholder engagement process, we have put together many exciting panels that will cover the most important topics in Alaska health policy.  Join us as we hear from experts across...[ Read More ]

Health officials urge Alaskans to carry naloxone to curb growing number of drug overdoses related to fentanyl

| Sep 1, 2022 | Alaska

Alaska health care professionals discussed strategies that can help curb the state’s increasing number of drug overdoses on Wednesday.     Alaska had 253 drug overdose deaths in 2021, compared to 146 in 2020, according to the recently released Drug Overdose Mortality Update. That represents an overdose death rate of...[ Read More ]

Alaska health care professionals discuss importance of using harm reduction services in treating substance abuse disorders

| Aug 26, 2022 | Alaska

Alaska health care professionals discussed the importance of using harm reduction services in treating substance use disorders on Wednesday.     Dr. Sarah Spencer, a family medicine specialist at Ninilchik Traditional Council Community Clinic, discussed harm reduction during the Alaska Division of Behavioral Health’s Project ECHO meeting. The ECHO series...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Workforce grants, Health care spending, Overdose death increase

| Aug 17, 2022 | Alaska

My name is Eli Kirshbaum and I’m a Senior Reporter/Editor here at State of Reform. Emily is out on vacation this week, so I’m stepping in to write her newsletters while she’s gone. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or comments during her...[ Read More ]

Health Affairs report shows Alaskans spent more out-of-pocket dollars on health care than residents in any other state in 2019

| Aug 16, 2022 | Alaska

Alaskans spent more out-of-pocket dollars on health care costs than residents in any other state in 2019, according to a recent Health Affairs study.     The study examined spending variation across the US to determine that state-specific per-person spending ranged from $7,250 to $14,500 in 2019. US health care...[ Read More ]

Good Jobs Challenge grant to help Alaska address long-standing workforce challenges

| Aug 12, 2022 | Alaska

Alaska will receive nearly $10 million to expand its health care workforce, which is expected to grow by more than 7% over the next decade.     The Alaska Primary Care Association (APCA) was selected as 1 of 32 national recipients of the US Economic Development Administration Good Jobs Challenge...[ Read More ]