ANTHC HIV/STD Prevention 
Program Newsletter
July 2019
Hello! Camai! Wáa sá iyatée! 
"Respect for Nature " -Traditional Iñupiaq Value
Thank you Global Protection Corp. for the Condom Donation!

Thank you  Global Protection Corp.  for the condom donation!  Global Protection donated clever and fun OneCondoms to the ANTHC HIV/STD Prevention Program. Thanks to Global Protection we can continue offering condoms to Alaskans (up to 20 at a time) free of charge. Individuals can order condoms at We mail out condoms in a plain envelope with simply a return mailing address. That way, you can't tell what is in the package. 

The vision of ANTHC is that Alaska Native people are the healthiest in the world. Thank you Global Protection  for helping us to fulfill this vision by providing access to free health materials to our community members in Alaska! 
Staff Spotlight: Merryn Daniel and Taylor Holsinger 
"Hard Work" -Traditional Iñupiaq Value

Merryn Daniel, volunteer staff member 
The ANTHC HIV/STD Prevention Program would like to welcome Merryn Daniel and Taylor Holsinger on board as staff members with IKM. Merryn  (pictured: top left)  joined the HIV/STD prevention program this summer as a student volunteer. She is working on the Alaska Native LGBTQ Initiative and the IKM website. Merryn grew up in Anchorage and is currently attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Taylor (pictured: bottom right) graduated from Virginia Tech in May 2019 with a Master's degree in Public Health: Public Health Education and Infectious Diseases. Prior to her current position, Taylor worked as an HIV counselor in Nairobi, Kenya and Community Health Specialist in Roanoke, Virginia. Although much of her background was focused around infectious diseases, Taylor is looking forward to expanding her public health and cultural knowledge while working with Substance Abuse Prevention.
Taylor Holsinger, AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer
Taylor is brand new to Anchorage, having spent much of her youth in the mid-West and on the East Coast of the lower 48. She loves to travel, both in the U.S. and internationally, and is excited to experience all the adventures Alaska has to offer. She enjoys camping, swimming, and hanging out at the dog park with her dog, Sheba. 

Thank you Merryn and Taylor for all your work! 
Webinar - Calming Down: Creating Happiness in the Workplace for Self-Care and Increased Productivity (Second in a Three-Part Series), August 6, 2019

Our work lives are full of demands and tasks that can make us feel stressed--and not just a little, but a lot. One antidote is to cultivate a mindfulness practice in the workplace. Building on the first webinar and its focus on individual mindfulness practice, this presentation addresses how employees at all levels can effectively shift the culture in their organization to one that supports resilience and well-being. The webinar takes place Tuesday, August 6 at 10 AM AK time. Learn more and register
Back to School Health & Safety Fair, August 10, Anchorage

The Anchorage Health Department and Parks & Recreation are hosting the Back to School Health & Safety Fair
on August 10 at the Fairview Rec Center, 11 AM - 4 PM. There will be free eye exams, free haircuts, free food, free school supplies, WIC screening services, confidential health screening for adults, free immunizations, and fun activities for children and youth including a kid zone and teen zone! Come and see us at IKM! 
ANMC Grand Rounds: "Understanding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to Improve Patient Health", August 15

Dayna Morrison, Program Manager with the Oregon AIDS Education and Training Center (OR AETC), will deliver a presentation at Grand Rounds on August 15 in Anchorage from Noon - 1 PM (AK time). Dayna's talk will cover health topics concerning the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community (LGBTQ+) and offer tools to improve health outcomes among this underserved community. 
  • Attend in person: ANMC Conference Room 2
  • Join live webinar: For instructions on joining the live webinar please contact

    • Order free condoms and at-home STD testing kits
    • Order free educational materials
    • Find answers to questions like: Can I catch an STD if I haven't had sex yet? My friend seems depressed--how can I help?

And find culturally and age appropriate sexual health curricula at

For more information, contact Jaclynne Richards, ANTHC HIV/STD Prevention Program: (907) 729-2971, or