Welcome to our first edition of DHSS News

Dear DHSS Colleagues and DHSS News Subscribers,

During my past four years here, I’ve been impressed by the commitment shown by DHSS employees to the people of Alaska, and by the breadth of services we provide. With over 3,200 employees working across a vast state that represents 16 percent of the landmass of the United States, we are often too busy to recognize our own accomplishments, or to communicate beyond our immediate colleagues about all the work we do every day to promote the health and well-being of Alaskans.

We hope this inaugural issue of DHSS News gives you a sense of the complex and varied work of DHSS and our many partners. We also hope you find the items in this newsletter both useful and interesting.

If you have received this newsletter, please share it with others outside DHSS so we can begin to grow our subscriber base. DHSS News will be delivered monthly to DHSS employees through our state email system. Anyone outside of DHSS is invited to subscribe to DHSS News via GovDelivery. You will find DHSS News under “Media & Publications.”  

We hope you enjoy this first issue of DHSS News and look forward to any comments, ideas or feedback.

Jay Butler, M.D.
DHSS Commissioner

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