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AWN Health

Schedule for 2017 Alaska Health Fairs 


Joel Achenbach, The Washington Post: In Ohio, fighting to survive an epidemic of self-destruction

FYI David Kohn, Special to The Washington Post: A powerful new form of medical marijuana, without the high

Prevention and Education can save lives!

Veterans Benefits Administration

Elizabeth Baltensperger, LCSW
Women Veterans Program Manager
Alaska VA Healthcare System
1201 N. Muldoon Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99504
v. message: (907) 257-4737, fax: (907) 770-2077

Women and Alcoholism

The Alaska Women’s Network is adding alcohol dependence to the Women and Health page because alcoholism is a disease that impacts women and girls. Alaska has a high rate of substance abuse and a high rate of abuse against women. Often the two are related.

What is alcoholism? Answer: Alcoholism, also known as “alcohol dependence,” is a disease that includes alcohol craving and continued drinking despite repeated alcohol-related problems, such as losing a job or getting into trouble with the law. It includes four symptoms:

Craving — A strong need, or compulsion, to drink.

Impaired control — The inability to limit one’s drinking on any given occasion.

Physical dependence — Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety, when alcohol use is stopped after a period of heavy drinking.

Tolerance — The need for increasing amounts of alcohol in order to feel its effects. A woman who drinks gets drunker faster than her male partner and might engage in unprotected sex. A woman who drinks can be assaulted by a stranger or a friend.

In Alaska, women are murdered every year in cases where alcohol is a factor. The effects of alcohol on the liver are more severe for women than men, and women can develop cirrhosis and hepatitis sooner than men. More alcoholic women die from liver cirrhosis than men.

There is a great deal of information available on the Internet, but has a collection of articles about women and the symptoms of alcoholism, types of treatment, and getting help through 12 step programs. has an Alcoholism Screening Quiz you can take.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Alaska also has one of the highest rates of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disease (FASD) in the country. The good news is that the rate dropped significantly (32%) from 1996 to 2002 for Native babies after a major education effort by the state and federal government (FAS report).

Babies whose mothers drink during pregnancy can have a long list of lifelong health problems, including brain damage. It is the only birth defect that is totally preventable. Learn more at the State of Alaska Health & Social Services website on FASD.

Getting Help

As with all health problems, see your health care provider. You can find an AA group near you atAlcoholics Anonymous Alaska or check your newspaper for listings of support groups.

Understand, Prevent & Resolve Life’s Challenges

Alaska Birth Network, a consumer based, grassroots organization centered on the belief that birth can profoundly affect our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. ABN was founded in 2008 as a chapter of Birth Network National. We are a team of local consumers, advocates, and health professionals dedicated to increasing the awareness and availability of evidence-based maternity care as defined by the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI), through information, advocacy, and support. We hold free monthly meetings to discuss topics related to pregnancy and birth, distribute Choices in Childbirth’s Guide to a Healthy Birth around the state, and do community outreach to help mothers access resources for healthy births.
Stormy Antonovich, Co-Leader

Alaska Health Fair

March of Dimes Alaska Chapter

Network of Care is a comprehensive, Internet-based community resource for the elderly and people with disabilities, as well as their caregivers and service providers.
Alaska’s Network of Care was created by the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC), in cooperation with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. The project is part of a broad effort by the SILC to improve and better coordinate long-term care services for Alaskan seniors and persons experiencing disabilities.

Exercise your physical and spiritual well-being; check out the seasonal facility openings for our parks, trails and campgrounds at:
Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Get connected, get answers! United Way’s 2-1-1 is a 24/7 easy to remember phone number with supporting website to connect individuals with vital resources in their community.
Alaska 2-1-1

Anchorage Project Access
Although access to health care and lack of health insurance is a complicated national problem, hundreds of communities across the United States have developed plans within their communities to provide an organized network for low-income people to receive health care.

One model is a volunteer health care provider network, developed by the medical society in Asheville, North Carolina. That model has resulted in a decrease in ER use by the target population by 70%, reduced hospital charity expenses by 23%, and decreased work absenteeism among those enrolled.

Want to know more about your prescriptions?
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The Sister Study is conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, one of the National Institutes of Health, of the US Department of Health and Human Services. From 2004 to 2009, more than 50,000 women across the US and Puerto Rico, who were between ages 35–74 and whose sister had breast cancer, joined this landmark research effort to find causes of breast cancer. Because of their shared environment, genes, and experiences, studying sisters provides a greater chance of identifying risk factors that may help us find ways to prevent breast cancer.

The Sister Study is currently tracking the health of women in the cohort. Participants complete health updates each year, as well as detailed questionnaires about health and experiences every two-to-three years. Research in the Sister Study focuses on causes of breast cancer and other health issues in women, as well as on factors that influence quality of life and outcomes after a breast cancer diagnosis.

Sister Study site or call 1-877-474-7837;
Deaf/Hard of Hearing, 1-866-TTY-4747.

Breast & Cervical Health Check

More than 14,000 Alaskan Women screened throughout Alaska, the Alaska Breast and Cervical Health Check (BCHC) program offers free or low-cost breast and cervical health screening to income eligible women ages 21 to 64 who does not have insurance, cannot meet their deductible  or whose insurance does not pay for a woman’s annual health exam.  A Health Check starts with a Pap test, pelvic exam and clinical breast exams.  Women 40 – 64 also receives a mammogram as well.

The YWCA Alaska Women’s Wellness ENCOREplus program works to eradicate health disparities by increasing access to healthcare.  We do this through intensive community education, connection to life-saving screenings and direct assistance to individuals experiencing barriers to healthcare.

To learn more about the program or find out if you are eligible, call YWCA Alaska Women’s Wellness ENCOREplus at 907/644-9620 or visit our website at for breast and cervical cancer outreach, education and screening, and our Lend a Helping Hand and Men, too program information.

Zazary Urrutia
Women’s Wellness Outreach Coordinator
YWCA Alaska
324 E. 5th Ave.
Anchorage, AK  99501
907.644.9620 ph
907.644.9650 fx

Or call 1-800-410-6266 to find the screening services nearest you.

Early Intervention/Infant Learning Program

Women often have questions about childhood development. Children roll over, sit alone, learn to talk, crawl and walk at different times and ages. If you have questions about your infant or toddler’s development, talk to your doctor or your local early intervention specialist.

Call 907-269-3400 or AK Info 1-800-478-2221 and you will be given the name and telephone number of the local EI/ILP program nearest you.

Endometriosis online support group

Wired for Health – Breast Cancer Awareness
is information sponsored by the YWCA in Anchorage and is a superb site for information on breast cancer.

Residence XII for Women, Seattle
Chemical Dependency Treatment Center for Women. Run by women, for women, for the past sixteen years. The website includes a survey if you feel you have a dependency problem. To our knowledge, there is no comparable facility in Alaska – if you know of one, please e-mail the Web Goddess. Who amongst us hasn’t been touched by alcohol or drug abuse?

Mayo Clinic Health Oasis

Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center
A reservation-based, non-profit organization in South Dakota serving Native American women and their families. The website makes the Resource Center’s publications on Native American public health available to the community at large. Contact: Sandy Wade.

The National Women’s Health Information Center
General Consumer Information/Health Inquiries
Toll-free: 1-877-986-9472
Fax: 732-530-3347

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest Alaska

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Do you have information about health care issues for women in Alaska? Resources? Websites you’ve found helpful? Support Groups? Please e-mail the Web Goddess and we’ll spread the word.




“… in the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I desire you would remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. … If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to forment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice, or Representation.”
Abigail Adams, letter to her husband John, March 31, 1776





Dear Alaskan,

Get on a State Board or Commission and Make a Difference. Openings available and application forms can be viewed at: 

Pick up the phone –

Fax that fax –

E-mail your representatives –

Let your voice be heard:

State of Alaska: Homepage

Alaska Division of Elections



Alaska State Legislature

Bill Action and Status Inquiry System (BASIS)

Legislative Information Offices can deliver 50 words or less public opinion messages (POM) for you and give you updated bill information.

Send E-mail to a member of the Alaska State Legislature by addressing a message to: Representative/

Contact Governor Bill Walker

Telephone: Office of the Governor, 907-465-3500.

Contact  Lt. Governor Byron Mallott

Alaska Boards & Commissions

Alaska Congressional Delegation:

Senator Mark Begich

Senator Lisa Murkowski

Congressman Don Young

References and Information:

Alaska Citizens Workshop with every resource you’ll need to get up to speed on Alaska political issues.

Project Vote-Smart! provides recent votes by lawmakers on 19 key issues that are litmus tests for many voters. They also have 1-888-VOTE-SMART or 1-800-622-SMAR(T).

League of Women Voters has a League Action Line that makes it easy to send an e-mail message to Congress

Alaska Women’s Network News 2016-2017

The Alaska Women’s Network (AWN) voted to disband as a non-profit in 2016. The WebGoddessWA (With Attitude) is continuing this site along the lines of  information.  I am working with other Alaska Women to provide better service to you.


One goal is promotion on bloggers for current/real-time information.


What would you like to see here?

Thank you. I hope you enjoy the site.


Deborah Collins
WebGoddessWA  (With Attitude)







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There are a million of them, at least, but if you have a favorite women’s interest link, let us know and we’ll add it to this section!

Alaska Bar Association – Pro Bono Services
Krista Scully, Pro Bono Director

Alaska Commission on the Status of Women
The 1985 publication by the Alaska Commission on the Status of Women,
Profiles in Change: NAMES, NOTES AND QUOTES FOR ALASKAN WOMEN” has now been digitized and is accessible through the Alaska Digital Archives website at Profiles in Change.

Use this link to search by keyword including names
Quick Link

We have Arlene Schmuland, Head, Archives & Special Collections at the UAA Consortium Library, to thank for this effort.

Welcome to SLED (Statewide Library Electronic Doorway), Alaska’s Digital Library and Archive’s

Eskimos: Winter in Western Alaska

The Alaska State Court Law Library
The Alaska State Court Law Library serves the legal information needs of Alaskans by selecting, organizing and facilitating access to legal research resources and court system information. The main library collection and statewide administration is at the Anchorage law library, but library services are available to people throughout the state.
Call the Anchorage Reference desk toll free at 888-282-2082.
Fax: 907-264-0733.

AlaskaGenWeb, a part of the USGenWeb Project.

The Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame

Alaska Native Knowledge Network
From the University of Alaska, this site is not specific to women, but it is a very interesting and enlightening Website.



Alaska Women’s History
Presenting the Women of the Last Frontier – Updating
Our goal is to provide a site sharing inspiration, innovation, ingenuity and imagination of women living in the Great Land.
Suggestions?  Share them at:  Alaska Women’s History Facebook Page
Please notify AWH immediately of any copyright infringement or false information.


University of Alaska Fairbanks Women’s Center
No more searching, almost everything one needs is listed right here.


American Association of University Women 
AAUW promotes equity for all women and girls, lifelong education and positive social change. 

America’s Job Bank

Better Business Bureau

Center for Women’s Business Research

Free and Share Ware


Gather the Women
A gathering place for women and women’s organization who share a belief that the time is now to activate the incredible power of women’s wisdom on a planetary scale. Gather the Women is a place where new models of feminine collaboration are being born.
(Note: The Alaska Women’s Network is a partner organization with Gather the Women.)


Water Ritual
By Barbara Belknap, Matrix Convener
Regional Coordinator, Juneau, Alaska

Since our August GTW gathering in Racine, Wisconsin, I have been thinking about the value of ritual. From the very early days of Gather the Women, water has been used as a symbol for continuity. Each time we have our annual gathering, there is a water ceremony.

Women bring water from home and pour it into a bowl on the altar that anchors our circle. They say a few brief words about where the water comes from. Some women have water from the very first GTW water ceremony.

When the gathering ends, each woman takes water out of the bowl to take home with them and says a few words about how they are feeling. At our 2011 gathering, the water ritual took on even more meaning. After each of us had filled our small bottles with the Racine water, we drove to the shore of Lake Michigan with the remainder of the water.

As darkness fell over our circle, Jean Reddemann led us in a ceremony to bless the water, then she handed the large bowl to me. She and I led our circle of women to the water. Jean was so close to me that I could feel her warmth. She said a few words, and I poured the water into that enormous lake as the waves lapped against us. It was dark by then and the darkness hid the tears in my eyes. They were tears of gratitude, fullness, and deep emotion.

Ritual matters. It provides a depth and resonance that stays in our heart.

More information can be found at: Gather The Women Global Matrix
Global Center for Women’s Studies and Politics (GLOW)
Has been developed by the Feminist Institute of the Heinrich-Boell Foundation in Berlin. The mission is to connect women globally and build up an international forum for women’s issues discussed from many cultural, national and political perspectives. Includes GLOW-News, a source of information on worldwide conferences, workshops and events for women. GLOW-Ball Forum provides an interactive format, where women can discuss special issues internationally.

Global Room for Women

Light Pages Graphics

National Women’s Health Information Center
A one-stop gateway for women seeking answers to critical health questions.
Phone: 1-800-994-9662
Phone: 1-888-220-5446 (hearing impaired)

National Women’s History Project
“History looks different when the contributions of women are included.” The NWHP has a catalog of wonderful materials for teaching women’s history — posters, pamphlets, books, videos, etc.

National Women’s Political Caucus

PASSION, POWER, PROGRESS. Located in Washington, D.C, NWPC is the mother of all Women’s Political Caucus chapters.
E-mail: info@nwpc
Resources for Indigenous Cultures around the World.

News on Women
Here is an interesting website with a variety of news on the achievements of women in business, science, technology, etc.

Old Magazine Articles
A great resource which includes films/video clips.

Small Business Administration Women in Business 

Technorati is an internet search engine for the latest news, blogs, and web-happenings.

United States Department of Labor Women’s Bureau 
A host of information.

WeatherSpark is a new type of weather website, with interactive weather graphs that allow you to pan and zoom through the entire history of any weather station on earth. Get multiple forecasts for the current location, overlaid on records and averages to put it all in context.


Research – Historic

Civil War Women Blogsite

Civil War Nurses on Hospital Ships