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Dear KANA Supporter,

Quyanaasinaq for your support of our vision to create the best quality of care for all people on Kodiak Island. Guided by courtesy, respect, pride, caring, sharing, and our Native Sugpiaq Alutiiq values, KANA strives to elevate the quality of life for all we serve through the provision of excellent health and social services throughout the Koniag Region.

As an important partner in our community's health, we hope you find this information useful and relevant, and will share our progress and achievements with others in your community. Please reply to this email with any questions or comments; we appreciate your input and look forward to hearing from you.

This Week's News & Updates Include:


   -  KANA Receives Awards MPQH Quality Excellence and Oral Health Awards
   -  It's National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week: Time to Shatter the Myths!
   -  Tribal Health Around the State in Mukluk Telegraph

KANA Receives MPQH Quality Excellence and Early Adapter for Oral Health Awards 
Kodiak Area Native Association has been recognized for its commitment to health care in the Kodiak community with a 2016 Alaska Primary Care Quality Excellence Award and 2016 Primary Care Early Adaptor for Oral Health Award by Mountain Pacific Quality Health (MPQH). The Quality Award is the highest honor given by Mountain-Pacific Quality Health. To be eligible for the award, facilities must meet strict quality improvement goals and demonstrate exceptional commitment to patient care. Recipients of the Early Adaptors for Oral Health Awards meet or exceed the Healthy People 202 measures for dental sealants.
These awards were given in recognition of KANA’s commitment to high quality, accessible care for the Kodiak community and demonstration of achieving better clinical care, better health outcomes and reduction of health costs through the use of technology for consumers and the community.  MPQH awards honors make sure the best quality health care is provided to every patient at the right time, every time.
“Community health care providers are a critical part of our communities,” says Sharon Scudder, Alaska Director for Mountain-Pacific Quality Health. “Because of their continued dedication to improving health care, Alaska patients receive better quality care every day.”
Mountain-Pacific is the Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Mountain-Pacific brings together providers, practitioners, other partners and patients to share and build knowledge, spread best practices and achieve improvement in patient care and our population’s health.

It's National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week: Time to Shatter the Myths!

It's National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week! KANA's Prevention Department has joined forces with local organizations in honor of National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW).  The week-long health observance, organized by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), takes place January 23 through January 29. 

About a third of high school seniors across the country report using an illicit drug sometime in the past year, and more than ten percent report non-medical use of a narcotic painkiller.  While drugs can put a teenager’s health and life in jeopardy, many teens are not aware of the risks. Even for those teens who do not abuse drugs, many have friends or family who do, and they are often looking for ways to help them. 

NDAFW supports the inquisitive minds of youth by giving them an opportunity to ask questions about drugs and alcohol and to get scientific answers from experts.  As part of the NDAFW celebration, KANA's Prevention Team is working with local and statewide partners to share information specific to our communities.

Did you know?
  • Nearly 1 in 4 teens under 18 on Kodiak have tried smoking a cigarette
  • 41% of Kodiak teens have used e-cigarette/vaping products
  • More than 15% of high schoolers had their first drink of alcohol before age 13
  • 12% of teens 18 and under engaged in binge drinking in the month before the survey
  • 30% of Kodiak teens believe binge drinking has either a slight or no risk of harm
  • 30% of high schoolers had used marijuana at least once in their life
  • 11.5% of high schoolers have taken a prescription drug without a prescription
  • Almost 1 in every 4 high school students on Kodiak believe using prescription drugs without a prescription has either a slight or no risk of harm
National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week is an opportunity for teens to get honest answers about drugs so they can make good, informed decisions for themselves and share accurate information with friends. If you have questions for our Prevention Team, please email us at
Tribal Health Around the State in the Latest Issue of the Mukluk Telegraph
The new issue of the Mukluk Telegraph, ANTHC’s quarterly newspaper, is now available on the Alaska Native Health Campus and online at The cover story celebrated the opening of the new patient housing facility at ANMC. Other stories include a feature on ANTHC’s Environmental Health and Engineering construction activities in 2016, a new diabetes wellness program for youth and more. Read the new Mukluk Telegraph online at

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