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The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has slowly taken over the state's role in approving travel for Medicaid care.
Courtesy of the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation

Over the past year the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has slowly taken over the state's role in approving travel for Medicaid care. YKHC hopes that creating a department dedicated to that task will reduce the frustrations of area clients trying to deal with the state-run system. KYUK’s Christine Trudeau sat down with YKHC representative Tiffany Zulkosky last week to go over the details outlined in a recent press release on the changes that created the Medicaid Travel Office.

 

 


The Yukon-Kuskokwim Ayagnirvik Healing Center provides substance abuse treatment for alcohol and opioid addiction in Bethel, Alaska.
Dean Swope / KYUK

It’s been one year this month since the Yukon-Kuskokwim Ayagnirvik Healing Center opened in Bethel. Since then, about 45 people from Bethel, surrounding Yukon-Kuskokwim villages, and even from outside the region have started treatment for opioid addiction.


The Health Clinic located on the Bethel Regional High School campus serves patients from both BRHS and the Kuskokwim Learning Academy three days a week.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

At its one-year mark, the Bethel Regional High School’s Health Clinic has increased the services being offered, and more and more students are using the facility weekly. Health Clinic staff hope that more parents and community members will take part in planning even greater services for students in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

YKHC plans to open the first floor and third floor of its upcoming primary care facility in 2019.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

The Bethel skyline has taken a dramatic turn. Since this summer, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has added a three-story primary care center next to its hospital. The new building is big, partially constructed, and currently blue, but won’t stay that color for long. KYUK talked with the builders and has this update.


Puppies in Kwethluk await their vaccinations from Alaska Native Rural Veterinary, Inc. and the Humane Society during the group's visit in July 2017.
Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

The vets are coming from Alaska Native Rural Veterinary, Inc. and the Humane Society. It’ll be the same group that visited the three villages in July. They’re offering spaying, neutering, vaccinations, de-worming, and nail clipping. They will bandage up injured pets, provide wellness checks, and will answer your pet questions.

 StrongHearts Native Helpline is a nationwide call-in crisis service specifically for Alaska Native and Native American survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Courtesy of StrongHearts Native Helpline

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and this week StrongHearts Native Helpline services have officially become available nationwide. The helpline is specifically for Alaska Native and Native American survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The YKHC Diabetes Department team, led by Clinician Anna Harper, at the October 24, 2017 Bethel City Council meeting.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Starting one week from today, National Diabetes Month will be observed in Bethel. Last night, Bethel City Council approved an official proclamation drafted by the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. Most of the YKHC Diabetes Department team, led by Clinician Anna Harper, came to the Council meeting.

This year’s Alaska Vital Statistics report, released by the State Department of Health and Social Services, paints our region as a place where more children are born to teenage mothers than the state average, and more people die younger from accidents, alcohol, gunshots, and suicide than is normal for the rest of Alaska.

The Winter House has been without a facility since the Salvation Army closed its Bethel outpost earlier this year.
Dean Swope/KYUK

Bethel’s local homeless shelter is now homeless itself. The Winter House is trying to find the right place to house its residents, according to board president Jon Cochrane.

Courtesy of the Bethel Police Department

Bethel Police are asking the community’s help in finding a man who has been missing for more than a week. Richard Parks, age 55, was last seen in Bethel on September 17 wearing a camouflage coat, black pants, and carrying a black and red backpack. He wears a mustache and beard and has a shaved head. 

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