It’s hard to nail down one cause of preterm birth or why numbers are going up, but it can be an indicator of other health problems in play.
Andy Teuber has been ANTHC’s president since 2008, and he also serves as chief executive of Kodiak’s tribal health care provider, the Kodiak Area Native Association. Teuber sits on the University of Alaska Board of Regents, as well.
Hospitalizations have also dropped to their lowest levels since July, with 33 Alaskans being treated for confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Alaska women who live in rural and remote communities usually travel to city centers to give birth against incredible geographical odds. COVID-19 can make a hard trip longer and lonelier.
Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians are about ten times less likely to be vaccinated than the general population — and ten times more likely to die of COVID-19.
So far, the federal government has distributed more than 35,000 doses to Alaska tribes — on top of the 78,000 doses it’s delivered to Alaska’s state government. And more than 250,000 doses have been dedicated to tribes nationwide through the Indian Health Service.
As providers at the Alaska Native Medical Center began injecting workers with the new COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech this week, they started noticing something surprising: Leftover liquid in each five-dose vial, sometimes enough for a full extra dose or even two.
Despite her reaction, the woman was still enthusiastic about the vaccine and was disappointed that she’d lost her opportunity to get a second dose a few weeks later, one of her doctors said.
The first doses of the coronavirus vaccine were administered in Alaska on Tuesday morning.
When elder Esther Green was medevaced to Anchorage, no one could accompany her. Later, while undergoing treatment in Providence Hospital’s intensive care unit, they could not visit or talk to her for more than two weeks.