AETC in Alaska
Upcoming Trainings in Alaska
The NW AETC's Alaska State Office is the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) in Anchorage. ANTHC manages a statewide Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act, Part C program serving Alaska Natives and all Alaskans outside of Anchorage. The Title III Early Intervention Services clinical team works on the campus of the Alaska Native Medical Center; program hub sites are in Anchorage, Sitka/Juneau, Bethel, and Fairbanks. Other ANTHC HIV/AIDS services include a HRSA SPNS project collaborating with Norton Sound Health Corporation (Nome) and the Alaska Department of Corrections, and an NIH National Library of Medicine information project. ANTHC delivers HIV training for health care providers around the state, as a subcontractor for the NW AETC. An additional training focus funded by HRSA is for HIV rapid test usage in rural and Alaska Native health care settings.
ANTHC collaborations are with the Alaska AIDS Assistance Association and Interior AIDS Association for social services and drug assistance, the State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology, the Alaska Native Health Board for prevention and education, and the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center which provides urban Anchorage Part C services. ANTHC is considered the primary Alaska Native organization for HIV clinical services and provider training.
The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), based in Anchorage, Alaska, is a statewide non-profit health services organization owned by Alaska Natives. ANTHC was formed in December 1997, and is the largest tribal self-governance entity in the United States, with over 1500 employees. A fifteen-member Board of Directors, whose members are selected by Tribes and tribal health organizations across Alaska, governs the agency. The Consortium’s purpose is “to provide the highest quality health services for all Alaska Natives” through a vision of a unified Native health system.
Goals of ANTHC's contract with the NW AETC's Minority AIDS Initiative Program include the following:
- To provide HIV/AIDS care and treatment training and support for professional health care providers in Alaska Native communities
- To develop HIV-specific training for village based Community Health Aides
- To provide risk assessment and disease identification training to Alaska Native health care providers
Through December 2007, a cumulative total of 1,206 HIV cases were reported, including 39 newly diagnosed cases in 2006. The percentage of HIV/AIDS cases among Alaska Natives has increased in recent years. Alaska Natives are the largest racial/ethnic minority group, comprising 19% of the state’s population. Prior to 2003, Alaska Natives accounted for 22% of the state’s reported HIV cases. That number has jumped significantly, and from 2003-2007, Alaska Natives accounted for 30% of the state’s reported HIV cases. In addition, the proportion of newly diagnosed HIV cases has increased significantly in women. From 1982-2002, women accounted for 18% of newly diagnosed HIV cases; that number jumped to 25% during the 2003-2007 period.
For more information, please contact the State of Alaska’s Health & Social Services Epidemiology Division.