posted on February 07, 2017 17:27
This post comes to us from our Alaska 3RNet member, Eric Peter.
The history of
health care in Alaska has its origins with Alaska’s indigenous people. Today, a
tribal health system forms a vital network of health care that extends to all
parts of the state. From the earliest
days of health care in Alaska consisting of indigenous natural medicines, to care
later on by teachers and missionaries, then a network of public health nurses
and a handful of doctors, health care in Alaska has presented unique challenges,
many directly related to the sheer size and geography of the state. One of the
most notable examples was in 1925 during a diphtheria epidemic in Nome.
Diphtheria serum was rushed to Nome by dogsled from Nenana, 700 miles away.
This event, called the “Great Race of Mercy,” is still commemorated each March
with the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
indigenous population – consisting of Inupiat, Yupik, Aleut, Eyak, Tlingit, Haida,
Tsimshian, and Athabaskan – encompasses a wide array of cultures, traditions
and languages, all set against the backdrop of the state’s incredible natural
beauty. Providers of health care in underserved areas often report the
satisfaction and personal reward of making a difference in people’s lives.
Working with indigenous peoples offers a window into ancient traditions of food
gathering and cultural values. Working with tribal health organizations
provides a unique opportunity to participate in health care on a true frontier,
embracing Alaska’s spirit of adventure.
tribal health system consists of over 30 tribes and tribal organizations that
provide services to over 150 communities. Many of these provider sites are
situated in small villages. Typically a tribal organization will consist of a
geographic hub that oversees services and provides itinerant care to smaller
communities in the region. Often tribal health organizations provide the only
health care in rural Alaska. Not only do tribal health organizations provide
vital health care, they also offer opportunities to health care providers to
pay off school debt through the National Health Service Corps, Indian Health
Service, and State Loan Repayment Programs.
health organizations use 3RNet extensively to post career opportunities in
communities from Sitka to Barrow, and from the southeast Panhandle to the
Aleutian Islands. These communities offer health care providers the chance to
deliver vital service to medically underserved and health professional shortage
A large number
of 3RNet tribal health opportunities direct to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. This is the contact email for the
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), located in Anchorage. ANTHC
coordinates health care recruitment for communities throughout Alaska. The
ANTHC website, https://anthc.org/,
provides additional information on job prospects.