Iliuliuk Family and Health Services

Megan Thomson-Dean

It's been almost a month since a plane crashed at Unalaska's airport, killing one passenger and injuring more than a dozen others.

The accident required a major emergency response involving city staffers and volunteers, members of UniSea's safety team, and many others. While it was a big task for the community, local officials have said they're pretty happy with the effort.

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After a roughly seven-month search, Unalaska's clinic has a new CEO.

Melanee Tiura signed a three-year contract with Iliuliuk Family and Health Services (IFHS) last month. She takes over the position from interim director Will Rodgers, who stepped in after the resignation of former director James Kaech.

KUCB's Hope McKenney sat down with Tiura to ask about the financial status of the island's nonprofit community health center — and where she hopes to take it.  

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When Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed almost $400 million from the state budget in June, Unalaska stood to lose about $1.34 million in funding for local organizations including the city, school district, and clinic.

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After a roughly seven-month search, Unalaska's health clinic has hired a new CEO. 

Melanee Tiura will start work Sept. 1, after moving with her family from Michigan. 

"She's had experience in Alaska," said Will Rodgers, interim CEO at Iliuliuk Family and Health Services (IFHS). "She was actually a member of the board of the Alaska Primary Care Association."

Tiura previously worked at the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation between 2010 and 2014.

Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association

Changes are underway in Unalaska's health care landscape.

About a year ago, the island's two main providers agreed to streamline their services in an effort to avoid duplication, cut costs, and improve access for all community members.

Charles Fagerstrom is health director at the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA), which has long provided care to tribal members around the region.

Fagerstrom sat down with KUCB's Laura Kraegel to provide an update on APIA's progress in partnering with the local clinic, Iliuliuk Family and Health Services (IFHS).

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