By Garland Kennedy
Sitka Sentinel 

Alaska's chief medical officer points to unmet health care needs


Sitka Sentinel

Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska's chief medical officer, told a gathering in Sitka that the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic "are going to be fundamental to our health care system, to our public health system."

Alaska's top health official discussed the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the lessons learned and the need for Alaska to be ready for future public health emergencies.

Dr. Anne Zink, chief medical officer for the Alaska Department of Health, was the speaker at the Beyond COVID: Pandemic Preparedness in the Circumpolar North conference on April 27 at the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi community house in Sitka.

Zink, an emergency health physician in Palmer, became the state's chief medical officer in July 2019, just in time for the onset of the pandemic six months later.

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