HRSA Funding

HRSA Funding

The Health Resources and Services Administration recently invested $203 million in health centers and rural communities to help fight the overwhelming opioid epidemic. Bethel Family Clinic has received a portion of that funding and has recently hired substance abuse counselor, Dennis Raines. His position will offer alcohol and drug use assessments, Level I.0 outpatient services for substance abuse. He will also be providing alcohol/drug/bullying prevention and awareness presentations in village communities and in schools in the Yukon Kuskokwim delta region at no cost. Our hope is to combat the opiod epidemic through education, treatment and support.

Holiday Food Safety

Holiday Food Safety

Here come the holidays! Are you ready? Read on for important information on how to ensure that you serve safe and delicious food this holiday season.

Do not cross-contaminate
Cross-contamination occurs when the bacteria from one food product is spread to other food products. To prevent cross-contamination:

  • Prepare raw meat and poultry in separate areas from produce or cooked and ready-to-eat foods
  • Make sure you do not mix up your preparation equipment, such as using the same spoon to stir the pie filling and another dish
  • Clean and sanitize all counters, equipment, and utensils right away
  • Once you have used a towel to wipe up a food spill, you should not reuse it for any other purpose—put it in the laundry
  • Wash your hands thoroughly in between tasks

Store and thaw your food the right way

Follow these storage and freezing tips:

  • Do not buy a fresh turkey more than 2 days in advance of when you want to use it—this applies to all poultry
  • Keep a frozen turkey in its original wrapping, and thaw it in the refrigerator:
    • Figure that it will take 24 hours to thaw every 4 to 5 pounds of turkey
    • Keep thawed turkey in the refrigerator for up to 2 days
  • Thaw a frozen turkey by submerging it in cold water and changing the water every 30 minutes (good method if you do not have enough time to thaw in refrigerator):