Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) is a non-profit health organization based in Anchorage, Alaska which provides health services to about 150,000 Alaska Natives and American Indians in Alaska. Established in 1997, ANTHC is owned and managed by Alaska Native tribal governments and their regional health organizations.

ANTHC is co-manager, with the Southcentral Foundation, of the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC), a 150-bed facility in Anchorage with a staff including more than 250 physicians and 700 nurses. ANMC is a level II trauma center, the highest level that can be achieved in Alaska. It has received Magnet Status for nursing excellence, a designation achieved by only about 7 percent of all hospitals nationwide. It is the only tribally operated hospital with Magnet Status in the United States. ANMC opened in its current facility in May 1997. ANMC has a hybrid operating room.

In 1998, ANTHC launched the Alaska Federal Health Care Access Network (AFHCAN) to provide primary and specialty telehealth services to Alaska Native communities.[1]

In 2003, ANTHC developed the Alaska Dental Health Aide Program to train dental therapists who could provide culturally appropriate education and routine dental services under the supervision of a dentist to high-risk residents of rural villages. These therapists now provide dedicated access to oral health care for more than 35,000 individuals, most of whom lived in communities that typically did not have a dedicated provider.[2]

ANTHC is currently building a new 202 bed patient housing facility which will be open Fall 2016.

ANTHC is part of the Alaska Tribal Health System and is one of 22 co-signers of the Alaska Tribal Health Compact,[3] a self-governance agreement with the Indian Health Service.



The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Land Transfer Act (H.R. 623; 113th Congress) is a bill that would transfer some land in Alaska from the federal government to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to be used to build a patient housing facility so that the organization can treat people who travel there from distant rural areas.[8] The bill passed the United States House of Representatives on October 29, 2013.[9]

See also

External links


  1. "Telehealth Improves Access and Quality of Care for Alaska Natives". Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 2013-05-22. Retrieved 2013-10-17.
  2. "Dental Health Aide Program Improves Access to Oral Health Care for Rural Alaska Native People". Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 2013-05-16. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
  8. Delta News Web (30 October 2013). "House Passes Rep. Young Bill to Expand Alaska Native Healthcare Delivery". Delta News Web. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  9. "H.R. 623 - All Actions". United States Congress. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 9/27/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.