New health care grants provide help from Utqiaġvik to Juneau. Funding comes from the Premera Rural Health Care Fund, which is being administered by Rasmuson Foundation and The Alaska Community Foundation.
Grant applications are being accepted for projects designed to improve rural Alaska health care systems, including emergency preparedness and pandemic response. The application period will close April 24. Awards will be announced in early May.
This new rural Alaska health fund aims to address access and other disparities. Researchers have found that people in rural areas are more likely to experience higher rates of premature death, disability and chronic disease.