The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Convention is always a great opportunity for state agencies to connect with Alaskans. DHSS hosted a booth where staff handed out health-related information, plus a new coloring book for children that explains the work that DHSS does and drug disposal bags to safely dispose of unused prescription opioids or other medication.
Every Bite Matters, a new campaign from the Division of Public Assistance, also hosted a booth encouraging Alaskans to eat more fruits and vegetables.
Lastly, DHSS Commissioner Dr. Jay Butler and Director of the Office of Substance Misuse and Addiction Prevention Andy Jones participated in a panel conversation at AFN about the state's opioid epidemic together with tribal leaders, federal officials, and Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan. Part of the discussion focused on the unique concerns of rural Alaska communities and how best to communicate about the opioid epidemic and substance misuse with rural and Alaska Native people.