ANTHC HIV/STD Prevention 
Program Newsletter
Fall 2019
Hello! Camai! Wáa sá iyatée! 
Thank you for your interest in adolescent and Alaska Native health!  From now on we will be sending out  quarterly  newsletters and special issues. We invite you to visit us @iknowmine on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!  You can always contact us at [email protected].
                                                          Taikuu ! Quyana! Gunalcheesh! 

"Remember what you are taught and told"
, a Cup'ik Cultural value. 
Alaska again has extremely high per capita rankings for STD rates
October 8, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) released its 2018 STD Surveillance Report. In this annual snapshot of key trends for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States, Alaska again ranks first among states in per capita number of cases for chlamydia and second for gonorrhea. 
October is Substance Use Prevention Month
"Compassion." -Traditional I ñ upiat Value
October is National Substance Use Prevention Month, a time to highlight the vital role of prevention and to remember those who have lost their lives to substance use.  People from all walks of life use substances, and most without problematic use or harm. However, for some people substance use can become problematic and impact not only themselves, but also their families, communities and cultures. Substance use disorders (SUD) includes the use of alcohol, non-medical and medical prescription drugs, over-counter-medications, tobacco, marijuana, and illicit drugs (I.E., heroin and meth, to name a few). ANTHC has several programs available to help prevent SUD and resources for those who are impacted by substance use. 
Ways to Prevent Substance Use
Harm reduction is a set of strategies and interventions that seek to minimize harms related to substance use. Harm reduction helps keep individuals engaged in programs whether they are using substances or not. It is focused on: keeping people safe from injury and health problems when using substances (for example, Hepatitis and HIV), creating a variety of accessible treatment options, and supporting people on their healing journeys. Recovery is a life-long process, and harm reduction principles help support individuals and their families throughout this process. There are many harm reduction resources; for example, the use of Narcan® (naloxone) to prevent opioid overdose.

Harm Reduction at ANTHC:
Talk About Your Medicines Month (TAYMM)
October is also TAYMM. TAYMM encourages conversations between patients and their health care providers about different types of medicines they may take, as well as knowing the health outcomes, possible side effects, benefits, potential risks, and how to dispose of and store medications. Safe disposal products help keep medicine out of reach from children and are safer for the environment than tossing pills in the garbage or flushing down the toilet.  Order free Safe Medicine Disposal bags and buckets from IKM.   Read more from ANTHC .
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Alaska has among the highest rates of domestic violence in the world. Fifty-eight percent (nearly 6 out of 10) of Alaskan women have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) or sexual violence.  The #1Thing community pledge is about standing up to domestic violence and listening to survivors . Domestic violence has never been a cultural value in Alaska, but o ur collective power can inspire action to change our communities and to put an end to violence. Check out the Domestic Violence Awareness Project website for resources and to find out how you can participate in the #1Thing campaign

October 16 is Health Cares about DV Day (HCADV)While health care providers routinely ask about high blood pressure and high cholesterol, too few consider domestic violence and its impact on health. Universal education provides an opportunity for people to make the connection between violence, poor health, substance use/misuse, mental health, and other related outcomes. See "Resources" section for a free domestic violence/sexual violence training in health care settings and other information. 

Free Trainings and Collaboration Opportunities
Healthy Native Youth CoP is Back!

Healthy Native Youth Community of Practice is back and better than ever. Every month tribal health educators, teachers, parents, and others come together to engage with experts around a specific topic. As a community, we share our strengths and expertise about how we will improve the lives of Native youth. 

Save the Date 2020: Alaska Indigenous Research Program

ANTHC and Alaska Pacific University (APU) are hosting the second Alaska Indigenous Research Program: Promoting Resilience, Health and Wellness May 4-22, 2020 in Anchorage. Registration opens November 2019. There is no cost to attend the 3 weeks of courses. Limited travel scholarships (airfare, room and board) and academic credit are available. For more information visit the website

Webinar Available: Stigma and Opioid Use Disorder

Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics hosted the webinar:  Stigma and opioid use disorder: What pediatricians need to know in caring for mothers and infants. View webinar slides. Access the recorded webinar on Youtube

Visit to access free educational materials and access multiple health topics. 


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Connect with Us
For more information, contact Jaclynne Richards, ANTHC HIV/STD Prevention Program: (907) 729-2971, or [email protected].