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Dunleavy says surge in COVID cases and hospitalizations poses “urgent risk”

Emily Boerger | Nov 12, 2020 | Alaska

Through an emergency text message sent Thursday, Gov. Mike Dunleavy warned Alaskans that the state is facing “an escalating crisis” as new COVID cases and hospitalizations surge. On Saturday, the Department of Health and Social Services announced a record-high 604 new COVID cases. This peak comes after a month of triple-digit...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Health policy review, Pfizer vaccine, 10-year economic report

| Oct 22, 2020 | Alaska

What an election season it has been in Alaska... We're going to leave most of that aside, even though we think it's the most important topic to watch in Alaska health care for this month, and focus on some key takeaways we heard at our recent conference. We also try...[ Read More ]

Connect Mat-Su website links residents to services to support health

| Oct 19, 2020 | Alaska

Local community resource center Connect Mat-Su has launched a new website at www.connectmatsu.org. The new site gives residents easy access to the largest known database of support services available in the Mat-Su.     Connect Mat-Su was developed by the Mat-Su Health Foundation and community partners to be a comprehensive...[ Read More ]

Alaska projected to see 5.5% job growth over 10 years, with a 10.3% growth rate in health care industry

Emily Boerger | Oct 16, 2020 | Alaska

Alaska can expect to add 18,000 jobs (5.5% growth) from 2018 to 2028, according to the latest volume of Alaska Economic Trends Magazine from the Alaska Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development. The new projections look to the economy’s past performance to determine the future outlook, but also take into...[ Read More ]

Adults, especially those under 24, report pandemic is elevating their stress levels

Shawna De La Rosa | Oct 15, 2020 | Alaska

The coronavirus outbreak, like other pandemics before it, is severely impacting mental health and those effects will likely linger long into the future. A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found elevated rates of mental health conditions, particularly among young people under 24, racial/ethnic minorities, essential workers...[ Read More ]

Alaska Legislative Democrats and Republicans lay out health policy priorities

| Oct 2, 2020 | Alaska

Seven state lawmakers gathered this week to discuss the health care and fiscal policy teed up for Alaska’s 2021 legislative session. The conversations took place between two separate panels – one featuring Democrats and the other featuring Republicans – during the 2020 Alaska State of Reform Virtual Health Policy Conference....[ Read More ]

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