Alaska Chief Medical Officer News | October 2019


From Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink, MD, FACEP

Welcome to the second State of Alaska Chief Medical Officer (CMO) newsletter! Our goal with this newsletter is to provide Alaska’s health care providers with clinically-relevant and concise news from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS). If you’re a provider, we encourage you to subscribe via this link and share this publication with other providers you know. — Full Article

In this issue:

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Office hours:  At least once a month I plan on holding office hours in different communities to hear from you, and listen to your concerns and successes. This month, I’ll be holding office hours Monday, Oct. 21, from 5-6 p.m. at Providence Alaska Medical Center.

Providers as advisors:  We are building a database of providers who are willing to be contacted via email or phone regarding ongoing state health care issues.  For example, on the topic of vaccine hesitancy, we hope to reach out to primary care providers to better understand vaccine hesitancy and how the state can better support you in your work.  If you are willing to occasionally be contacted by me, or other DHSS employees regarding clinical input or administrative questions and concerns, please send your name, email, phone, specialty, and primary location of practice to, or call (907) 465-8229. Thank you to those who have already contacted Nicole; we are appreciative of our growing list of providers!



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