A report released earlier this year found that one in five Alaska Native people dies from cancer.
Before the testing program was announced last year, the only way to get tested in a village in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta was through a local clinic or community health aide. Another option was to fly to Bethel.
The village is losing ground three times faster than it was 10 years ago, according to studies of Napakiak’s erosion.
Local health care employers in Anchorage say more than 96% of their staffers are vaccinated.
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, along with its partner organization, Southcentral Foundation, announced last month that employees would be required to get vaccinated against COVID by Oct. 15.
The first lady stopped in Anchorage en route to Tokyo, where she will be leading the U.S. delegation in the Olympic Games.
The Southcentral Foundation told employees the vaccine requirement will help workers deliver “the highest level of care and safety” to patients.
The community originally expected to have the portable water plant months ago.
Aerial photographs published on Facebook show a majority of the community of Kwigillingok submerged in water.
Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson will lead Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, an organization with more than 3,000 employees.