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Our members know their states! Learn more about unique, ruggedly beautiful Alaska from our member, Della.

Name: Della Fisher

City, State: Anchorage, Alaska

Organization: State of Alaska, Office of Health Care Access

How long have you lived in Alaska? Why do you choose to live there? I have lived in Alaska for 37 years. Alaska is uniquely beautiful in terrain (frozen tundra to rain forests), very diverse in populations and cultures represented throughout the state and offers outdoor activities for everyone.

How is 3RNet impacting Alaska? It provides one more opportunity for employers to get employment opportunities out to a wider applicant pool. Tribal Health organizations are our biggest participant in 3RNet. 

What are the best cultural events that happen in Alaska? Depending on the area of the state you choose there is always something happening.  The Iditarod dog sled race, Alaska Native tribal cultural events, Nenana Ice Classic, Fur Rendezvous, Alaska Native Youth Olympics, Mt. Marathon Race, World Ice Art Championship, Iron Dog snow machine race

Why should a health professional choose Alaska over surrounding states? The fact that we have no surrounding states is part of what makes Alaska unique. We have both urban and rural living and providers can really make a difference to our underserved populations.

What loan repayment programs does Alaska have? Our SHARP loan repayment program works for providers in our more rural areas as well as our urban areas. We also have the National Health Service Corps.

How is the J-1 Visa Waiver program utilized in Alaska?  Well, I would have to say our J-1 Visa Waiver program is under-utilized.  We have many opportunities that go unused each year. So if you're looking for a J-1 Waiver, Alaska is a great option! 

Are health care professionals valued in Alaska?
Yes, especially in the more rural locations.  Many organizations have a hub facility and providers can itinerate to the smaller villages.

Why do people travel to Alaska? Alaska is a destination that many people from around the world dream of visiting. We have mountains to climb, fish to catch, glaciers and many adventures to be had.

What is your favorite local food? Fresh Red Salmon, we have some great Thai and Mexican restaurants as well.

What is Alaska best known for? Native Alaskan culture, fishing, hunting, mountain climbing, dog sledding and beautiful glaciers.

What is the biggest misconception about Alaska? It is all very remote and dark all winter. While this is true in the farthest north areas it not in the southern parts of the state. It is also not cold all the time. Fairbanks reaches temperature in the 90’s during the summer months. 

What are the biggest industries in Alaska? Oil, tourism, fishing, timber, and mining

How is the weather/climate in Alaska? Alaska is the largest state with very different climates in different areas of the state.