Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation

Dan Winkleman thanks Representative Bob Herron. Photo by Charles Enoch

Dan Winkleman thanks Representative Bob Herron. Photo by Charles Enoch

The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation wrapped up the first day of their annual Tribal Unity Gathering in Bethel. This year’s theme is “Building Wellness Together.” Tribal leaders discussed the state of health in the YK Delta and the corporations plans for the future health and wellbeing of the region.
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Tentative image of the YKHC expansion and renovation. Image courtesy of Dan Winkelman, YKHC President and CEO.

Tentative image of the YKHC expansion and renovation. Image courtesy of Dan Winkelman, YKHC President and CEO.

The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation is one step closer to expanding its hospital with the hope of improving health care in the region. Last week YKHC signed a joint venture construction agreement with Indian Health Services.

“I’ve been waiting 14 years to sign that agreement on March 29. So it’s been a dream of the company’s,” YKHC President and CEO Dan Winkleman said.

According to the agreement, YKHC will construct a new facility and IHS will request money from Congress to staff and operate the building. Read more →

Day 1 of the Calricaraq/Yuuluaqauciq conference in Bethel. (Photo by Geraldine Brink.)

Day 1 of the Calricaraq/Yuuluaqauciq conference in Bethel. (Photo by Geraldine Brink.)

Behavioral Health Providers from across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Region are meeting in Bethel this week to discuss health and wellbeing through traditional Yup’ik values.

The first day of the three-day event began Wednesday at the Bethel Cultural Center. The conference titled Calricaraq/Yuuluaqauciq or “How to Live without Pain and Suffering” is being coordinated by the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation’s Behavioral Health Department. Read more →

Alaska State Trooper badge. Courtesy of AST.

Alaska State Trooper badge. Courtesy of AST.

One man has died, and another is injured after a snowmachine crash, Saturday evening.
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An aerial view of the YKHC campus in Bethel.

An aerial view of the YKHC campus in Bethel.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and for the people in the YK Delta, the amount of diagnosis for those high at risk for developing diabetes has increased drastically in the last five years–nearly 80 percent.

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Bethel Police Department logo. Courtesy of BPD

Bethel Police Department logo. Courtesy of BPD

A man has died in Bethel after being hit by a vehicle, last Saturday. Nov. 14.

According to a Bethel Police Office press release, BPD officers and emergency responders arrived on the scene late Saturday evening. Police say 41-year-old Paul Frank of Tuntutuliak, was laying down in the road on Ptarmigan street, near the AC Quickstop.
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Kuskokwim Learning Academy. Photo courtesy of Dean Swope / KYUK.

Kuskokwim Learning Academy in Bethel, AK. Photo courtesy of Dean Swope / KYUK.

The ice blocking an essential well for Bethel schools has finally cracked. Officials discovered the frozen well in September and spent almost a month thawing the impasse. Water is now pumping, but the well still isn’t in the clear. Read more →

An aerial view of the YKHC campus in Bethel.

An aerial view of the YKHC campus in Bethel.

The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation has secured the majority of the funds needed to expand its facilities in an effort to improve health care throughout the YK Delta.

At $165 million, YKHC received the largest loan commitment ever granted by the United States Department of Agriculture Community Facilities Program on Thursday. The program funds facilities that serve an “essential” community purpose, according to the program’s website. Read more →

Hooper Bay (Photo form Flikr)

Hooper Bay (Photo form Flikr)

Three suicide deaths in the past week have rocked the community of Hooper Bay. Troopers believe all three victims were connected.

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The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has already sent emergency health clinicians to the community to assist with debriefing efforts, according to YKHC Director of Emergency Services Chris Byrnes.

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Executive council of the Association of Village Council President's 51st annual conference. (Photo by Dean Swope/ KYUK)

Executive council of the Association of Village Council President’s 51st annual conference. (Photo by Dean Swope/ KYUK)

Subsistence fishermen in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta want a seat at the table and a vote in the decisions of Alaska’s fishery management.

AVCP passed a resolution Thursday showing their intention to continue their efforts to have equal power with state and federal management agencies.
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