CAMPSITE MAKEOVER - Work on the Nuuk Cabins, located at mile 20 on the Council road, has steadily progressed during the last two summers.
Weekly Update for June 7-11
Camp Nuuk Transformation Underway
Renovations began in the summer of 2019, when the Board of Directors approved funding to update NSHC's Nuuk Campground.

NSHC's goal is to have the Nuuk cabins become a place to retreat for wellness camps, healing circles, annual employee picnics, as well as a place for employees and their families to camp and spend time together.

Maggie West, Administrative Advisor, has taken a role as project lead, and has contributed many hours of her time to renovating the campsite.

"Northern Lights Recovery Center acquired the cabins and utilized the site for substance use treatment activities," West explained. "They then merged with our BHS department in 1998, and they have continued to use it for that purpose. The land is leased to NSHC from Sitnasuak Native Corporation."
In the last two summers, some of the projects that have been worked on include building new outhouses, a smokehouse and a fish rack, installing new siding and windows on all the cabins, fixing the rec hall deck, and general cleaning inside and outside of the cabins.

"Nathan Nagaruk gave it a really nice 'face lift,' and our Village Maintenance team helped whenever they could," West said.
One of the most recent updates included the assembly of new furniture. Last week, a large group of NSHC employees volunteered to do a big clean up and arranged furniture. With these new additions, it won't be long before programs and employees can have a safe space to retreat and spend time together.

"We still have final touches to add to the campsite, I’m sure it’ll always be a work in progress as programs begin to use it," West said.
Cigarette Butt Clean Up Inspired by Example
In recognition of World No Tobacco Day on May 31, the CAMP department hosted a regionwide cigarette butt clean up. Participants were asked to collect a bag of litter for the chance to win a bicycle. Winners will be announced on June 14 at 4 p.m.

Tobacco Prevention and Control Coordinator Jessica Ivanoff was inspired by the "Our World is Not Your Ashtray" movement, deciding to tackle litter and tobacco cessation at the same time. She plans to install cigarette dispensers in each village in the region.

"My poppa was in World War II and freely given cigarettes at a young age," Ivanoff said. "Even after smoking his cigarettes, he would pick up his cigarette butts or any trash he saw in my grandparents tidy-kept garden and backyard. My poppa did not have to say much verbally, he would show by example of keeping our land clean, how we respect our animals by story-telling. I often think of him when I see cigarette butts littered all over, and in our region."

Cigarette butts are not biodegradable, since the filter in a cigarette is made of plastic materials. They can take 10 years to decompose and are toxic to the environment. They are also the most littered item in the world, with an estimated 1.69 billion pounds improperly disposed of every year.

"My poppa, Fred Winsor Paniptchuk, passed away in the old hospital in Nome from a massive heart attack," Ivanoff said. "So in his honor, I keep the tradition of picking up any trash I see or cigarette butts. We appreciate your efforts to keeping our region beautiful and cigarette butts off the land."

If you need assistance with quitting tobacco, please call CAMP Department at 907-443-9671. You can also contact the Alaska Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. 
Photos above courtesy of Mary Ungott
Barb Weyiounna picks up cigarette butts
Cigarette butt pollution in a regional village
Tour the New Wellness & Training Center
Take a virtual tour of NSHC's new Wellness and Training Center. The center opened in mid-May 2021. The Wellness and Training Center houses NSHC's Behavioral Health Services, Tribal Healing, Chronic Care Active Management Prevention (CAMP), EMS Training, and Health Aide Training programs.

The building is located at 706 East N Street, across Greg Kruschek Avenue from the hospital.

Behavioral Health Services – 443-3344
CAMP (Chronic Care Active Management Prevention) - 443-3365
EMS Training – 443-8915
Health Aide Training - 443-3324
Tribal Healers – 443-3365
Situation Report: COVID-19 News in the Norton Sound/ Bering Strait Region
NSHC is proud to help share the Nome Chamber of Commerce Vaccination Drawing. To enter, participants must have received a COVID-19 vaccination on or after June 1, 2021, and must be a resident of the Norton Sound/Bering Strait region. Head to to enter. If you need assistance entering the drawing, please call 443-9674 or 443-4591.

Prizes available:

WEEKLY (first drawing will occur June 18; last drawing on July 30)
12-15 year olds – Three weekly prizes of $200 gift cards to Hanson’s, AC, or Bonanza/Nome Outfitters
16 year olds and older – Two weekly prizes of $1,000 shopping spree to Hanson’s, AC, or Bonanza/Nome Outfitters

GRAND PRIZES (will be announced Monday, August 2)
$10,000 to Wilderness Skidoo
$10,000 to Morgan Sales and Service
$1,000 to Grizzly Building Supply
$1,000 to Builders Industrial Supply
June 11, 2021
Contact: Sarah Richards, Public Relations Specialist
Phone: 907-443-4591

COVID-19 Case Confirmed in Non-Resident Traveler
Nome, Alaska – On June 10, Norton Sound Health Corporation identified a positive COVID-19 case in a non-resident of the region. The source of the virus is travel-related. The patient is safely isolating and all close contacts have been notified. There are 15 active cases in the region, 14 in Nome and one in Unalakleet.

NSHC is proud to help share the Nome Chamber of Commerce Vaccination Drawing. To enter, participants must have received a COVID-19 vaccination on or after June 1, 2021, and must be a resident of the Norton Sound/Bering Strait region. This date is set in the grant guidelines from the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, which provided funding to the Nome Chamber of Commerce for newly vaccinated residents ages 12 and up. NSHC hopes that this incentive will help the region reach herd immunity goals.
To enter or to see the list of prizes, visit Entries must be received by July 31 at 11:59 p.m. If you need assistance entering the drawing, please call 443-9674 or 443-4591.

NSHC is now offering official COVID-19 Vaccine Record Cards, which can be used to prove full vaccination. These cards will be particularly useful to have on hand while traveling. Upon request, cards will be printed and mailed after patients are fully vaccinated based on the requirements for each vaccine. Please plan 2-3 weeks for your card to arrive by U.S. Mail. To request a card for yourself or a family member, please fill out a Request Form for each individual:
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COVID-19 Vaccination Hours with NSHC
If you are unvaccinated, the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Everyone in the region who is 12 years and older is eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. In a village, residents may contact their local clinic to arrange a vaccination. In Nome, vaccinations are available at the following places and times:

  • Nome NSHC Pharmacy: walk in Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. Appointments are available Monday-Saturday at
  • Nome Airport: Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are offered to all incoming passengers 12 years and older.
  • Nome Post Office: Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available Monday-Friday 12-5 p.m.

If you have any questions, please email

The Nurse Call Line - a free, Nome-based medical advice service - is available at 443-6411.
Updated 6/4/2021
Getting Tested for COVID-19
If you do not have symptoms but would like to get tested for COVID-19, or if you feel you might be a close contact to a recent positive case and would like to get tested, the Nome Operations Building Testing Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located at the corner of Greg Kruschek Avenue and K Street. To schedule an appointment, visit In regional villages, residents can contact their local clinic to get tested.

If you develop a cough, fever, shortness of breath, vomiting, diarrhea, congestion, fatigue, headache, or loss of taste or smell, please immediately isolate and make an appointment at the Cough and Cold Clinic, open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., by calling the main appointment desk at (907) 443-3333. You can also call the direct line to the Cough and Cold Clinic at (907) 443-9666 or (907) 443-4200.
Updated 6/4/2021
Are you experiencing a crisis? Please call Behavioral Health Services.
For Urgent Care Services, call 907-443-3344 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.
For After Hours emergencies, call 907-443-6411 and ask for a Behavioral Health Services consultant.