Healthy people, thriving communities.

Maniilaq Association is a non-profit corporation that provides health, tribal, and social services to residents in the Maniilaq Service Area which is comprised of communities in the Northwest Arctic Borough and Point Hope. Maniilaq represents twelve federally recognized tribes in Northwest Alaska and provides services to a population of about 8,000 people in an area of land roughly the size of Indiana. With approximately 550 in its workforce, Maniilaq Association is also the largest employer. Read more.

Maniilaq Association will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2024 in observance of Memorial Day. The Maniilaq Health Center Emergency Room will remain open as usual. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 28, 2024. Click here for our full event calendar.

Due to a recent increase in cases in the Maniilaq Service Area, we recommend that employees and the public take extra precautions regarding the spread of COVID-19, along with other respiratory illnesses like influenza and RSV. Vaccines and Covid-19 home tests are available at Public Health Nursing in Kotzebue. Covid-19 home tests can also be ordered online for free. Read more here.

Current notices:

January 16, 2024: In a new press release, the Alaska Department of Health is recommending that Alaskan adults be tested for syphilis. Over the last 10 years, the United States has seen a surge in the number of syphilis cases. In 2022, Alaska had 424 reported cases of syphilis, more than a 20 fold increase from 2016. When detected early, syphilis is easily treatable with antibiotics. However, if left untreated it can lead to serious health complications even after months or years of having no symptoms. Syphilis can also be passed from a pregnant woman to their fetus; which can result in fetal death, premature birth, death shortly after birth, or lifelong medical issues. Read the full press release here. For more information on STDs in Alaska visit here. If you would like to get tested, Maniilaq PHN offers confidential testing for sexually transmitted diseases, treatment, and contact follow-up. PHN Services are available 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with a closure from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for lunch. To make an appointment, please call 907-442-7144. Walk-ins are welcome.

January 10, 2024: A message from Maniilaq Health Center Administration: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an extension for the shelf life of BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test kits from 15 months to 22 months. This is a 7 month extension to the printed expiration date on the box. If you would like to confirm the expiration date of your kits at home, the FDA maintains a list of testing kit lot numbers with their original and new expiration dates here. For more information, call 907-442-3321.

January 9, 2024: The State of Alaska has recently identified a concern of rabies in Alaska. Please report any suspicious wild animal activity to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game at 907-269-8000, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1-800-478-0084 after hours; or the Kotzebue Police Department at 907-442-3351.

December 11, 2023: Maniilaq Association no longer offers quarantine housing in Kotzebue for those who test positive for COVID-19. We recommend having a plan in place in the event that you or a family member tests positive for COVID-19, especially while traveling. Please follow all current CDC recommendations for COVID-19. Thank you for your cooperation. Questions? Call 907-442-3321.