Providing a power tool: education

education fundThe Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation supports efforts that help doctors and nurses combat serious conditions through the Health Education Fund.

One example is educational support for the ANTHC Hepatitis Program. Hepatitis C is much more serious than hepatitis A or B and can result in long-term health problems. Donations to the Foundation’s Health Education Fund will help support efforts such as regular videoconference called “LiverConnect” that serves as a critical link between front-line healthcare providers and hepatology specialists (liver doctors). The program also publishes a newsletter for the general public and supports the Healthy Liver, Healthy Life group, which is for patients and is attended by a Liver Disease and Hepatitis Program staff member, and provides similar services that focus on lupus, a condition affecting the immune system.

In 2017, ANTHC and the World Hepatitis Alliance will be co-hosting the World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Viral Hepatitis on August 8 & 9 at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, Alaska. Coinciding with the 23rd International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, this conference will provide a platform to profile and further the conversation on viral hepatitis in Indigenous communities. The conference is led by Indigenous people and is designed for Indigenous peoples, clinicians, those working in Indigenous health and civil society organizations.

Knowledge makes it easier for medical professionals to treat serious conditions and gives patients the tools they need to live their lives to the fullest, so providing education is an important aspect of our efforts for Alaska Natives to be the healthiest people in the world.

Please click on the button to donate to the Health Education Fund and the Second World Indigenous People’s Conference on Viral Hepatitis.

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