Maniilaq Health Services’ mission is to provide comprehensive health care to the people in our service area while promoting prevention, fitness, wellness, holistic strategies and incorporating local traditional core values and beliefs. It is our vision that “All customers of MHS including its employees are empowered and involved partners in its high quality services and healing atmosphere”. We are a family of care, helping every person live a healthier lifestyle.
Maniilaq’s Injury Prevention (IP) Program has a store/safety shop where the necessary safety equipment to prevent injury is sold at a discounted price. The items include Ice Stablicers, Ice Stablicer Lites, OverShoes, ATV/Snowmobile helmets, SOS Emergency Kits, safety vests, bicycle helmets, “pick of life” (if accidentally falling through the ice), reflective tape and ATV/Snowmobile goggles. The IP store is currently located in the PHN Building in Kotzebue. The IP Program also maintains the Kids Don’t Float life vest boxes in Kotzebue. For more information, contact (907) 442-7175.
Tobacco Prevention & Control
Maniilaq’s Tobacco Prevention and Control (TPC) Programs addresses four primary goals.
- Prevent the initiation of tobacco use among youth;
- Promote cessation for tobacco users;
- Eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke;
- Identify and eliminate tobacco use disparities.
The TPC Program works on promoting local smoke free air by working with various businesses in Kotzebue on passing a local smoke/tobacco free policy. We also promote quitting tobacco resources in 12 communities in the region through Maniilaq Association’s Tobacco Cessation Program and Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line. For more information please contact the Tobacco Prevention Manager at (907) 442-7158 or Tobacco Prevention Coordinator at (907) 442-7175.
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers and young children eat well, learn about good nutrition and stay healthy. WIC provides:
- Checks that can be used to purchase healthy foods such as milk, eggs, cereal, beans, yogurt and fruits and vegetables
- Information about nutrition and health to help families eat well and be healthy
- Support and information about breastfeeding
- Assistance in finding health care and other community services
- Breast pumps to help support breastfeeding mothers
People eligible for WIC are:
- Pregnant women
- Breastfeeding women
- Postpartum women
- Women whose pregnancy ended early
- Children up to the age of five
WIC is for all kinds of families: married and single parents, working or not working. If you are a father, mother, grandparent, foster parent or legal guardian of a child under 5 years of age, you can apply. For more information call 907-442-7181.
The Maniilaq Emergency Management Services program (EMS) provides training, testing and consultation. Classes supported through local and contract instructors are: ETT, EMT-1, 2 and 3, CPR, ACLS, PEPP, Medevac Escort, ITLS, instructor training for these disciplines and an array of continuing education programs. Where necessary, outside instructors are contracted to provide training otherwise not available. EMS assists communities with the development of EMS systems, provides advice on equipment needs, assists with purchasing and inventory tracking, and helps identify, obtain and manage outside funding. We act as an agent for the State of Alaska in many of its certification and training oversight functions and act as a liaison between local EMS providers and the state in these areas. In our region, EMS is largely provided through volunteer effort and local support. The most important part of our mission is to support communities and the hundreds of dedicated volunteers and paid individuals who provide this critical public service. For more information, contact (907) 442-7595.
Public Health Nursing
Maniilaq Public Health Nurses provide a wide array of services to residents of the Northwest Arctic Borough and Point Hope. PHN supports the mission of both Maniilaq Association and the Alaska Division of Public Health Section of Public Health Nursing (SOPHN) of “Protecting and improving the health of Alaskans through partnering with individuals, communities and systems while advancing self-reliance, dignity and cultural integrity!” Our mission within Maniilaq Health Services is to protect and improve the public’s health through prevention and control of disease and disability. PHN Services are available 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Closed Noon to 1 p.m. for lunch. To make an appointment, please call us at 907-442-7144. Walk-ins are welcome. The types of services we provide include:
- Immunizations– A beneficial part of preventive health care available for children and adults. Please note all school entry vaccinations are available.
- Well Child exams
- Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) outreach, screening and referral
- Confidential testing for sexually transmitted diseases, treatment and contact follow-up
- Tuberculosis screening, counseling, treatment and contact follow-up
- School screening
- Presentation and Outreach – PHN offers factual and medically accurate health messages in schools and to high risk groups on healthy relationships, risk reduction and prevention of HIV, STDs, pregnancy, and more
Office of Environmental Health
Environmental Health is the science and practice of evaluating physical, chemical, and biological hazards in air, water, soil, and food; and then limiting exposures to those hazards to promote human health and reduce disease and injury. The Office of Environmental Health has four highly trained staff and seven distinct programs that support the creation of healthy community environments in Northwest Alaska:
- Rural Utility Support – We assist communities with the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act compliance, conduct sanitary surveys, promote sustainable operation and maintenance, provide utility training opportunities, review sanitation facility designs, and participate in the State and Federal sanitation project funding process.
- Maniilaq Environmental Health Lab – We operate a state certified microbiological lab that tests drinking water for harmful pathogens as required by the Total Coliform Rule and Long-term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule. We also have water quality testing equipment including colorimeters, pH/conductivity meters, turbidimeters, jar testers, and other equipment available for analysis.
- Institutional Environmental Health – We routinely inspect the Maniilaq Health Center and village-based health clinics to ensure Joint Commission accreditation and a safe environment of care for staff, patients and visitors.
- Rabies Prevention – We sponsor a volunteer corps of lay vaccinators capable of providing free on-demand rabies vaccinations in communities. We also conduct follow-up animal bite investigations for patients, coordinate specimens of suspected rabid animals to the Alaska State Virology Lab, and promote animal control in communities.
- Food Safety – We provide Certified Food Protection Manager services and food handler staff to assist the operation of The Siġḷuaq. We conduct traditional food safety outreach and education, develop state-approved food safety plans, and upon request, conduct food establishment inspections.
- Indian General Assistance Program (IGAP)
- IGAP Coordinator Technical Assistance: We assist regional IGAP Coordinators with work plan development and grant implementation.
- Healthy Homes Assessment & Outreach: Medical providers can refer respiratory distressed patients to our program for a healthy home consultation. Through a home assessment and air matters toolkit intervention, we help educate, empower and equip homeowners to create healthier home environments.
- Recycling/Backhaul Coordination: We work with communities to backhaul and recycle electronic wastes, lead-acid batteries, and aluminum cans. We operate a small recycling center in Kotzebue that collects and stages these wastes for later backhaul to recycling centers.
- Brownfield/State and Tribal Response Program (STRP) – We identify, inventory, and respond to environmental contamination concerns in the region. We help educate local organizations and the general public about the value, number and type of Brownfield sites in the region, to reduce the risk and exposure of the public to contaminants found at the Brownfield sites, and to fully reclaim them for the public use.
Diabetes & Nutrition
Contact: 907-442-7455 Maniilaq Health Center makes the nutritional health of our community a high priority. Diabetes is becoming more and more prevalent in the Arctic. A Certified Diabetes Nurse, Certified Clinical Dietician and Licensed Pharmacist staff the Diabetes and Nutrition Department. The staff work together to provide education on healthy eating practices to the community through referrals from our Outpatient Services, regular visits to the outlying villages and consulting with our patients admitted to the hospital or long term care facility. The Pharmacist works with all of our diabetics, along with their provider, to develop the best medical program for optimal blood sugar control. The nurse provides regular skin checks, educates on the use of glucose monitoring equipment and assists with obtaining and maintenance of supplies.