COVID-19 information now available in 8 Native languages

A new website launched to provide culturally relevant, informative information about COVID-19 vaccine is now live in eight Alaska Native languages at anthc.org/covid-19-vaccine-materials-in-alaska-native-languages.

The site was launched May 28 in a collaborative effort of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Native Peoples Action Community Fund and the Alaska Public Interest Research Group.

Tribal sovereignty and self-government have allowed vaccine allocation based on individual needs determined by local Alaska Native communities.

Still hesitance persists among many eligible adults. ANTHC and others are hoping that by providing facts, encouragement and stories about the COVID-19 vaccine in Alaska Native languages more people will feel they have trustworthy information to make an informed decision.

These panels, hosted by AKPIRG/NPR CF language team, previously worked on translating the 2020 Census.

The language panels include Yugtun/Cugtun, Gwichyaa Zhee and Gwich’in, Neets’ali and Gwich’in, Inupiagtun, Ahtna, Lingit and Denaakk’e.

Material from each panel may be ordered at dhss.alaska.gov/covid19/humancov/COVIDorderingflyer–AlaskaNative.pdf.