Guardian Flight Alaska Celebrates Passage of House Bill 78


HB 78 proclaims September 10 as Health Aide Appreciation Day!
Yesterday, the Alaska State Legislature unanimously passed House Bill 78, proclaiming September 10 as Health Aide Appreciation Day. HB 78 was introduced and supported by Guardian Flight Alaska, one of the state's leading air medical providers.

"In our 24 years of service to the state of Alaska, our teams have come to know the tireless work of Community Health Aides,” said Delvinee Dillingham, regional director for Guardian Flight Alaska. "With the passage of HB 78, we help to recognize and honor the work of the Community Health Aide, the integral role they play in tribes and communities throughout the state and their contributions to healthcare."

Community Health Aides serve more than 170 villages throughout the state by providing emergent and acute medical care to rural Alaskans. Health Aides are an established part of the state's healthcare system that includes mid-level providers, physicians, regional hospitals, and the Alaska Native Medical Center.

“This bill recognizes Community Health Aides at the same level we recognize nurses and EMTs, who work closely with health aides in Alaska every day,” said Ben Hughes, a 19-year flight paramedic for Guardian Flight Alaska in Fairbanks.

With the passage of this bill, September 10 will unite all health aide organizations and the public in highlighting and honoring the critical impact of Community Health Aides in the state of Alaska and celebrate their historic contributions to health and safety.

Guardian Flight Alaska Celebrates Passage of House Bill 78