Health related stories.

Religious Gathering Raises Disease Concern

May 10, 2019

People attending a Bethel religious revival meeting last month may have been exposed to tuberculosis, commonly known as TB. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation and Alaska Public Health officials say that someone who was diagnosed with an active case of tuberculosis attended the New Fire Bethel Ministry revival held at the Old Bowling Alley on April 12 through April 14.

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

The Napakiak Moravian church was packed on Wednesday, May 8, as people came to say their final goodbyes to two residents who died in a fire in the city jail last week.  

Courtesy of the Bethel Lions Club

When children are first placed into emergency foster homes, they often don’t bring their personal belongings. But a new partnership could change that for Western Alaska. 

Children in the region who are placed in an emergency foster home will now get a special tote bag, called a “comfort case,” filled with basic supplies. 

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Funeral services are scheduled for two Napakiak community members: Becca White, age 24, and Isaiah Parka, age 22. The services will be held at the Napakiak Moravian Church on Wednesday, April 8 at 4 p.m.

Kasigluk Search and Rescue has resumed looking for the body of Wassilie Keene, age 21. Kasigluk Search and Rescue President Wilson Twitchell says that the effort renewed a week and a half ago when ice began clearing out of Nanvarnaq Lake where Keene’s boat was found last fall.

Video: Smile Alaska Style At Cama-i

Apr 5, 2019
A patient gets his teeth screened at Smile Alaska Style, YKHC's free dental screening at Cama-i 2019. The festival was located at Bethel Regional High School on March 30, 2019.
Joey Mendolia / APRN

Every year dental care providers from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation spend a day at Cama-i providing free dental screenings to festival goers. The goal is for people from across the region to meet dental providers in a friendly setting and to teach people how to take care of their teeth.


ANTHC workers install a water and sewer system to an Eek home on February 21, 2019.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

What’s it like to go from hauling all your water and sewer to one day being able to turn on the faucet and flush a toilet? KYUK traveled to Eek to find out, where a multi-year project is wrapping up bringing running water to the community for the first time.

Dean Swope / KYUK

House District 38 Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky was one of two lawmakers who released a report analyzing the potential effects on healthcare providers in Alaska should Gov. Mike Dunleavy push to repeal Medicaid expansion. The governor wants to reduce Medicaid spending by $225 million, an action which would potentially reduce what the federal government pays into it as well. 

Courtesy of Google Maps

With the Napakiak post office shut down, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is delivering prescription medications to the village through commercial air traffic.

Courtesy of Jerry Wassillie

A pair of young children fell through the thin ice of Brown's Slough where it runs behind AC Quickstop on the night of Wednesday, February 13. Luckily, a young man had decided to try to take a shortcut home.