The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium is a non-profit Tribal health organization designed to meet the unique health needs of Alaska Native and American Indian people living in Alaska. In partnership with the more than 158,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people that we serve and the Tribal health organizations of the Alaska Tribal Health System, ANTHC provides world-class health services, which include comprehensive medical services at the Alaska Native Medical Center, wellness programs, disease research and prevention, rural provider training and rural water and sanitation systems construction.
ANTHC is the largest, most comprehensive Tribal health organization in the United States, and Alaska’s second-largest health employer with more than 2,500 employees offering an array of health services to people around the nation’s largest state.
Alaska Tribal Health System
The Alaska Tribal Health System (ATHS) is a diverse and multifaceted healthcare system that has developed over the last 30 years. It represents the diversity of Alaska Native people. Alaska has 229 federally recognized tribes that live across 586,412 square miles of predominantly road-less land, the underlying reason for the creation of this innovative and essential statewide health system.
Tribal health organizations in most areas are the only healthcare providers available, and there- fore serve everyone in the area regardless of race. In 2000, the ATHS served 119,241 Alaska Natives, 19 percent of the state’s population. At that time, 178 village clinics employed 468 community health aide/practitioners, although there were 32 practitioner vacancies. Alaska is the only state in which over 99 percent of health programs are managed by tribes and Native organizations. Such a large healthcare system involves sophisticated patterns of referral. Its size and reach are also reflected in its total annual budget of approximately $800 million, including federal and state funding, Medicaid and Medicare revenue, rural sanitation funding, and other smaller sources of funding.
ALASKA NATIVE MEDICAL CENTER
As an acute, specialty, primary and behavioral health care provider, the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) provides comprehensive medical services to Alaska Native and American Indian people living in Alaska. The center includes a 150-bed hospital, as well as a full range of medical specialties, primary care services and labs. The hospital also works in close partnership with Alaska’s rural health facilities to support a broad range of health care and related services. As a statewide referral center, ANMC operates the Quyana House, a 56-room, 108-bed facility for out-of-town patients and their escorts. The Quyana House provides housing, travel services and Medicaid authorizations.
ANMC is jointly owned and managed by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) and Southcentral Foundation (SCF), and includes the hospital and the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center. These parent organizations have established a Joint Operating Board to ensure unified operation of health services provided by the Medical Center.