Health related stories.

From now through May 27, snack meals are available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. YKHC tentatively plans to open their grab-and-go café on May 28, 2018.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK


Phase one of a major expansion started this week at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. KYUK took a tour and reports that on your next trip to YKHC, you can expect to see some changes inside the hospital.



Members of the Alcohol Task Force meeting on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK


The Alcohol Task Force meeting on Tuesday night was packed with leaders of community organizations. The one thing missing was the public, with only two people in the audience.


Bethel Family Clinic Doctor Wins 2018 Sockeye Award

May 16, 2018
Bethel Family Clinic board chairman Don Black celebrates with Acting Executive Director Kyle McGrath and Dr. Allen Freudenthal. Freudenthal won the coveted Sockeye Award on May 14, 2018.
Dean Swope/KYUK

A veteran physician at the Bethel Family Clinic won the coveted Sockeye Award on Monday.

Blanket Toss Medicine

May 1, 2018

It’s no secret that alcohol and drugs are a problem plaguing many communities around the nation. The subject is painful and difficult. At this year’s Native Youth Olympics, KYUK’s Johanna Eurich found inspiration from one person who uses an Alaska Native tradition to demonstrate the impacts of substance abuse on a community, and how to invite people who have fallen into the haze of alcohol and drugs back. She brings us this portrait of the scene.

YKHC Tribal Unity Conference Wrap Up

Apr 24, 2018
The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation met for their annual Tribal Unity Gathering at the Bethel Cultural Center two weeks ago. The group pictured here is discussing meeting Healthy People goals in their tribal communities.
Courtesy of Mitchell Forbes / Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation


Two weeks ago, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation met for their annual Tribal Unity Gathering at the Bethel Cultural Center. KYUK’s Christine Trudeau sat down with YKHC Interim Public Relations Director Mitchell Forbes to get an update on what was discussed between the tribes and the health agency.



Earlene Wise of Kalskag (center) was named YKHC’s 2018 Health Aide of the Year. Here she is posing with her supervisor/instructor Joseph Okitkun (left) and Field Supervision Coordinator Katherine Evon (right).
Courtesy of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation


Last week, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced a salary bump for all the health aides across its network. The company also named Earlene Wise of Kalskag YKHC’s Health Aide Worker of the Year. The announcement came during YKHC’s annual Tribal Unity Gathering with Delta tribal administrations.


Bethel Family Clinic's Executive Director Steps Down

Apr 4, 2018
After eleven years of service, Bethel Family Clinic Executive Director LaTesia Guinn resigned on March 26, 2018.
KYUK Staff

The executive director of Bethel Family Clinic abruptly resigned late last month. LaTesia Guinn stepped down on March 26 after serving as the clinic’s director for 11 years.

Eighteen packs of canned beer line the shelves at the opening of BNC's liquor store, Bethel Spirits, on Sept. 27, 2016.
Dean Swope/KYUK

Bethel’s alcohol issues are a substantial part of the Alaska Alcohol Beverage Control Board’s agenda when it meets in Nome on Tuesday. The Board intends to review a listening session that was held by state officials in Bethel last month.

Courtesy of the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation


The final test results for the botulism initially found in preliminary tests on a native salad dish sold at the Cama-i Festival two weeks ago are taking a bit longer than expected. That’s due to having to import laboratory mice.


GCI Says Cell To Landlines Outage Caused By Equipment Failure

Mar 29, 2018
GCI says that cellphone calls to landlines were not going through on Thursday morning due to equipment failure.
Dean Swope / KYUK


A temporary outage knocked out Bethel’s 911 system for a short while on Thursday.