The survey of Alaska's health by the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, was requested by the Department of the Interior. It was conducted during 1953 and 1954 by a team of 18 specialists with a diversity of skills. Most of the team traveled extensively in the Territory, observing problems at first hand and interviewing many Alaskans in all walks of life.
The Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation (BBAHC) was the first tribal organization in the United States to use a P.L. 93-638 contract to manage and operate an Indian Health Service Unit. BBAHC was formed on behalf of 32 village tribes in 1973 and began managing and operating Kanakanak Hospital and Bristol Bay Area Service Unit in 1980. Twenty years have passed since the corporation took on its mission to provide health care programs to Native and other residents of Bristol Bay.
Available upon request at the Alaska Medical Library, located on the second floor of UAA/APU Consortium Library. Ask for accession no. 96203.
At 5:36 PM, March 27, 1964, an earthquake of severe proportion struck south central Alaska, including the city of Anchorage. This quake, with its epicenter approximately 75 miles from Anchorage, was the largest ever recorded in North America. It struck at the most heavily populated area of the state, and dealt a harsh blow to the young state's economy. Providence Hospital, with 155 beds, is the largest civilian general hospital in Alaska. There are four other hospitals in Anchorage: Presbyterian, which was immediately evacuated after the quake because of its proximity to a fault; the US Air Force 5040th Hospital, evacuated immediately because of structural damage; the Alaska Psychiatric Institute, which continued to function in its usual role, and cared for patients from the institution at Valdez; and the Alaska Native Service Hospital, run by the US Public Health Service.
In September 1949, the Secretary of the Interior designated a survey group consisting of two special consultants and the heads of two of the Department's bureaus to make a factual study of the living conditions and human problems of the natives in the Pribilof Islands and various other native communities in the Bering Sea area.
Available in UAA/APU Consortium Library Alaskana Collection: F912.P9 U52 1949.