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Vaccine providers prepare for March COVID-19 shipments; further eligibility clarifications announced to include more Alaskans

| Feb 25, 2021 | Alaska

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) announced Wednesday that Alaska will receive 60,760 first doses of state-allocated COVID-19 vaccine for the month of March. Additionally, 32,720 first doses have been allocated to the federal Indian Health Service (IHS). IHS vaccine is managed by Alaska’s Tribal Health System....[ Read More ]

Alaska DHSS Commissioner Adam Crum on the successful vaccine rollout and behavioral health

| Feb 16, 2021 | Alaska

Adam Crum is the commissioner for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and has served as the commissioner since December 2018. In this Q&A, Crum discusses Alaska’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the vaccine rollout and the behavioral health system in Alaska.      Sydney Kurle: In December,...[ 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 ]

DHSS opinion survey reveals Alaskans' thoughts on the COVID-19 pandemic

Sydney Kurle | Dec 28, 2020 | Alaska

A statewide survey conducted by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) in late November reveals that Alaskans’ don’t believe the state has done enough to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and would support some form of a mask mandate.     In this survey, 406 Alaskans provided their...[ Read More ]

Noel Rea selected to manage Alaska Psychiatric Institute as interim chief executive

| Jan 15, 2020 | Alaska

Noel Rea has been chosen by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) to serve as the new interim chief executive officer (CEO) for the Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API). John Lee, who had been serving as acting CEO, will return to his role as director of the Senior...[ Read More ]