Iliuliuk Family and Health Services



Clinic officials say Unalaska has been “very, very lucky” when it comes to COVID-19 testing supplies, especially as the state is seeing an uptick in cases, and communities across the country face supply shortages.  

According to Dr. Murray Buttner, a family medicine physician with Iliuliuk Family and Health Services, Unalaska’s clinic received a shipment of 10,000 test kits from the state last week. 

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After nearly a month without a reported case of COVID-19 on the island, the City of Unalaska confirmed Friday that an individual has tested positive for the virus. 

The unnamed person is a UniSea employee and has been in quarantine since arriving in Unalaska via commercial flight on Oct. 7, according to a press release from the city. 

The individual is being monitored by staff from Iliuliuk Family and Health Services, and contact tracing is underway. 


Unalaska's clinic is one of two community health centers in the state now involved in contact tracing efforts.


According to Melanee Tiura, chief executive officer of Iliuliuk Family and Health Services, six members of the clinic team — including herself — signed an agreement through the Alaska Primary Care Association to become contact tracers through the state. The IFHS team went live with contact tracing on Thursday.


'Tuesday Checkup' Discusses Wellness

Sep 22, 2020

In this week's episode of "Tuesday Checkup," wellness was the topic of conversation. Dr. Murray Buttner, a family medical physician at Iliuliuk Family and Health Services, Kate Arduser, wellness program manager with the Qawalangin Tribe, and Shayla Shaishnikoff, the tribe’s cultural coordinator, discussed what wellness means to them and how they foster a healthy lifestyle.

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Unalaska is the largest community in the state without a critical access hospital, with a population of 4,500 year-round residents that more than doubles during peak fishing seasons.

Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, medical workers and politicians were unsure how bad the pandemic would get. And concern over the availability of ventilators — machines that help a patient breathe or breathe for them — intensified.