Public Health

Rep. Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage, and Rep. Andy Josephson, D-Anchorage, listen during a House Resource Committee hearing at the Capitol on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017.

Pre-filed bill would require rape kit testing within six months

On Monday, Alaska House Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) pre-filed public safety legislation that would require the timely testing of sexual assault/rape kits in Alaska. HB… Continue reading


Rep. Matt Claman, D-Anchorage, speaks during a legislative session at the Capitol in January 2017. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire file photo)

Anchorage rep pre-files bill on contraceptive access

On Monday, Rep. Matt Claman (D-Anchorage) filed HB 21, which aims to provide greater access to reproductive health care and prescription contraceptives for women across… Continue reading


How to stay healthy and safe during the holiday season

The holidays are a time to spend with family, enjoy the company of friends and to be grateful. Get-togethers, traveling, lack of exercise and indulgent… Continue reading


Secondhand Smoke — Time to Take It Outside

Americans have known for decades about the wide variety of health problems caused by smoking cigarettes. But breathing other people’s cigarette smoke, sometimes called “secondhand… Continue reading

Alaska opioid deaths increased by 77 percent in last decade, report says

The rate of Alaskans who died from opioid overdoses increased 77 percent over the last decade, with the highest overall rate of deaths reported in… Continue reading