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To prevent suicide, little words can make a big difference

4/12/2018
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BJ Sherman was having a rough time, and he started seriously thinking about suicide. Then his family stepped in and their little words made a big impact. What they told him might surprise you.

Duration:00:04:39

Building resilience through basketballs and berries

4/5/2018
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What makes a healthy community? What makes young people in a Alaska village thrive? Here's the formula that's working well for Noatak, a community in the northwest Arctic.

Duration:00:05:05

Changing the mindset of the healthcare system

3/29/2018
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For most healthcare systems, mental health and physical health are two separate issues. Not at one of the largest healthcare providers in Alaska, where doctors and behavioral health consultants work together with a new mindset.

Duration:00:05:19

Wellness through Medicaid Expansion

3/22/2018
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Andi Riley needed medical help, but even though she was working, she couldn't afford it. Until there was Medicaid expansion. It was her solution for wellness.

Duration:00:04:41

Preventing Suicide through Strength and Resilience

3/21/2018
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Suicide rates for Alaska Native youth are still high — but groups are actively working to change that. Community members and researchers are focusing on the strengths of Alaska Native peoples and cultures to reduce the risk and promote wellness. During Talk of Alaska, Alaska Public Media's statewide call-in program, guests talked about what’s working and what’s not.

Duration:00:58:58

Mental Health First Aid

3/15/2018
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We know what to do if someone breaks their leg -- brace it and ask for help. But what if it's a mental health crisis? Some are learning the skills to be mental health first aiders.

Duration:00:04:27

Mixing science with traditional knowledge to get seal oil on the menu

3/8/2018
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The traditional foods movement in Alaska is growing. Moose and caribou are appearing on menus at healthcare facilities across the state. But there's an important food that still needs approval -- seal oil. A solution is in the works.

Duration:00:04:52

To feed elders, traditional foods take untraditional route

3/1/2018
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Most people in northwest Alaska grew up eating traditional foods, like caribou, seal, and different kinds of fish. But as they aged and moved into long-term care facilities, those foods were no longer regularly available to them because of federal food safety regulations. A team in Kotzebue is changing that.

Duration:00:05:15

Dion isn't homeless. This is why it matters.

2/22/2018
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Anchorage resident Dion Wynne is now back to work and trying to catch up on his bills. He didn't lose his house, which is good not only for him but also for the entire community. Preventing homelessness costs much less than helping people who are already living on the streets on in shelters. Now, Alaska and other states are developing coordinated systems to make accessing help easier and more focused.

Duration:00:04:59

Houses of worship helping families keep their homes

2/15/2018
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Families on the verge of homelessness often don't have many options for paying their rent. Sometimes the solution requires a little faith.

Duration:00:05:18

Navigating the system

2/8/2018
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Dion can’t work, and he can’t pay his rent. There are resources to help him, but how does he find them? Someone helps him navigate the system.

Duration:00:05:29

Living on the brink of homelessness

2/1/2018
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Dion Wynne was working full-time and preparing to open a therapeutic foster home. He's worked with people with disabilities his entire life. Then he fell ill and was hospitalized for over a month. Join him as he tries to save his home -- and his dreams.

Duration:00:04:50

Kids making seniors feel human again

12/28/2017
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What happens when you combine a preschool with a senior home? Magic. And healthier people from both generations.

Duration:00:04:25

Modifying houses so seniors can stay in their homes

12/21/2017
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The Clements raised their grandchildren in their cozy Alaska home, but Shirley's health problems were making it difficult to keep living there. Until now.

Duration:00:04:50

Community in Unity: Youth Perspectives

12/15/2017
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What's it like to be young in Alaska? What are young people accomplishing? What are their challenges? Listen to a panel of young people from Anchorage and Wasilla answer questions from the audience and discuss their stresses and joys. Some have experienced homelessness and worked as nurses aides and artists. Others are making movies and teaching about democracy. This Community in Unity conversation was recorded in partnership with Out North Radio and Anchorage Downtown Partnership.

Duration:00:58:57

Exercise for Elders

12/14/2017
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Many parts of Alaska lack enough accessible care for older people. It's a problem without a solution. But there are ways to prevent the problem in the first place. Exercise for elders.

Duration:00:05:48

Aging in Alaska

12/7/2017
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In the 1970s and early 80s people flooded Alaska looking for work in the oil industry. Now, 40 years later, many are still here. Instead of fleeing to warmer weather, Alaskans are aging in Alaska. For the past seven years, we’ve had the fastest growing senior population in the country. But with age comes a different set of needs. Can our state handle it?

Duration:00:04:32

To teach about racism, start with the basics

11/30/2017
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Confronting racism and discrimination can be hard. The solution? Start learning techniques when you are young. In parts of Anchorage, some of the teachers of these difficult lessons are other young people. They start with the basics.

Duration:00:05:08

Youth Court

11/16/2017
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When a young person commits a minor offense for the first time, they sometimes have a choice. They can either be charged by the standard juvenile justice system and potentially get an offense on their criminal record, or they can go to youth court. Which option is better?

Duration:00:04:59

Reaching youth where they are at

11/9/2017
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Sometimes when young people are in rough situations, they don’t want to ask for help. Especially not from adults. That’s where peer outreach workers step in. Alaska Youth Advocates have been connecting with youth on the streets of Anchorage and helping them find resources for 25 years.

Duration:00:05:01

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