Dr. Anne Zink offers updates, best strategies for COVID safety
Hometown, Alaska – Alaska Public Media
It seems as if the coronavirus COVID-19 is that unwanted guest who came for a three-day visit; eight months later its still taking up space in our mental spare bedroom. Evidence of its overstay range from long, difficult recoveries or death, to an economy that hit a brick wall and has yet to pick itself up off the floor. This is a difficult time. Comfort levels are fraying. Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s Chief Medical OfficerMany are fond of saying, “We may be tired of the virus, but it’s not tired of us.” On Hometown Alaska, we feature a conversation with Alaska’s chief medical officer, Ann Zink covering the gamut of latest developments in Alaska, from testing to school reopening to travel. We’ll also ask for their best strategies to enter a typical cold and dark Alaska winter and come out the other side in one piece — mentally and physically. This program was prerecorded to accommodate our guest’s busy schedule. We can entertain your questions if you email them to email@example.com before 11 am on Monday, Nov. 9. The show will air later Monday. All questions are welcome. HOST: Kathleen McCoy GUEST: Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer LINKS: DHSS COVID-19 information, State of Alaska websiteMunicipality of Anchorage COVID-19 response, websiteText ANCHORAGEOEM to 888-777 to receive alertsSign up for COVID 19 email alerts from DHSSFighting COVID-19 with Science and Compassion, UUAF podcast Oct. 19, 2020 COVID-19 public health ECHO sessions, designed to extend COVID knowledge into the community. COVID-19 online ECHO sessions are scheduled Wednesdays Noon-1 pm. Sign up here.CDC COVID-19 websiteMunicipality of Anchorage updated Emergency Orders, effective 8 a.m. today, November 9, 2020 PARTICIPATE: Today’s show is prerecorded to accommodate our guest’s work schedule. Questions received at firstname.lastname@example.org before 11 am on Monday November 9 will be included in the prerecord session. The prerecorded program will air Monday November 9 2-3 pm. The program will not take questions on the air. Post your comment or question below (comments may be read on air)RE-AIR: Monday, November 9, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Dr. Randy Trani and Alaska's chief medical officer, Dr. Anne Zink, discuss the recent surge of Covid-19 cases in Alaska and the Mat-Su Borough School District, our ability to reduce the Covid risk factor, and how to combat Covid fatigue.
Podcast in Place: Youth Stories From Quarantine - Episode 12: An Interview With Dr. Anne Zink
Alaska Teen Media Institute
Dr. Anne Zink is the Chief Medical Officer of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. She has been a regular presence in the governor's nightly briefings on the coronavirus and is known for her calm demeanor and straightforward presentation of the facts.ATMI producer Danielle DuClos spoke with Dr. Zink remotely to talk about how Covid-19 affects youth, how it compares to other pandemics, best practices to ensure that everyone stays safe and healthy, and what an Alaskan summer during a pandemic is going to look like. The interview was recorded on June 5th, 2020.Hosted by Ryan Danigole.Music by Devin Shreckengost.Many thanks to supporters of our podcast including United Way of Anchorage and the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Rasmuson Foundation through the Arts in Education Fund administered, under contract, by the Alaska State Council on the Arts.RESOURCES FOR YOUTH DURING QUARANTINECenter for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/coronavirus carelinealaska.com: Alaska Suicide Prevention and someone to talk to line: 1-877-266-4357suicidepreventionlifeline.org: 1-800-273-8255National Domestic Violence Hotline www.thehotline.org: 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224 or text LOVEIS to 22522alaska211.org or Help Me Grow Alaska 1-833-464-2527 for help connecting to resources and services or for help knowing where to start.These resources provided in collaboration with the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health.
This week we sit down with Dr. Anne Zink, emergency room physician and Alaska's Chief Medical Officer. She talks to us about how she is leading us through the Covid-19 crisis, Alaska's public health strengths, and activities she wishes Alaskans would think twice about as an emergency room physician. www.TheAKShow.com Interview Notes Dr. Anne Zink has been the Chief Medical Officer for the State of Alaska - starting July 2019. Sits under the commissioner of the DHSS. Disaster response, disease, epidemiology are their main focus. She’s the medical voice. Dr. Zink’s day-to-day changes a lot. They stood up their disaster response structure for the Wuhan flight. It’s been escalating since thm> She helps secure PPE. Looks at protocols around travel, tourism, large groups, and businesses. Covid is the main focus but there are other health initiatives as well. Lots of conversations and talking to the Governor and commissioners and messaging and trying to understand the data behind Covid. They do a lot of calls with frontline providers to help them understand the latest data, science, and testing. She also works with the fishing industry and various businesses. How much do we really know about Covid-19? We have come a long way in just a month. 5-6 months ago we didn’t know this virus existed. In a short time we’ve learned a lot. There are inherent things we won’t know without time, such as immunity information. That just takes time to study. This has also highlighted uncertainty in medicine and science - and how different people adjust differently to a disease. But the genetic sequencing is already uploaded. There are over 200 vaccines in different trials. We have different antivirals working. They’re doing calls with different doctors all the time all over the world. Dr. Zink is still working from the yurt at her house - which is a guest bedroom. That gives her kids space to homeschool in her office at home. Dr. Zink reminds her patients that medicine is an art and it’s not perfect. She brings knowledge and education through her training and it has to sit with their personal experience. Each individual person has different needs and environment and it’s a partnership and not an exact science. How do you decide what treatment to recommend? You analyze the benefits, the effectiveness, and the downsides. For something like masks the downside is that it’s uncomfortable and not everyone has them and it’s politicized. The upside is that the data shows the disease is translated by air through micro-droplets, and a cloth face covering could significantly decrease those droplets. A mask is covering your talking like covering a sneeze or cough. There are other social norms around what we wear like “no shirt, no shoes, no service.” A study said if 60% of us wear a mask that’s 60% effective this disease would stop. How do we use rules and regulations to address preventable disease? Dr. Zink sees a lot of Covid deaths as preventable. Dr. Zink reminds herself that changing culture and behavior is hard. You see it in drunk driving, STIs, and drug and alcohol addiction. What’s hard about Covid for her is it’s asking us to be different than our normal human experiences. People miss having large parties and holidays and hugging their friends. Dr. Zink sees other options and treatments coming soon and knows if we can hold it off we could prevent a lot of death. What are the bright spots of public health in Alaska? We have some of the lowest infant mortality cases in the country. We have a robust public health network. Some rates like STIs and Tuberculosis have been sore spots. The community response to public health challenges has been strong, specifically around the opioid crisis. We struggle with it but aren’t the worst in the country by far. Communities have done a great job responding on a local level. We have some of the lowest cases in the country and highest per capita testing in the country that’s because of Alaskans. Is Dr. Zink still seeing patients? She was until 6 weeks ago. She was doing it on weekends but this job became all consuming. Her group covered her shifts for her. She misses that part of her job a lot right now. Does she feel removed or disconnected from patients? The highlights of her week are zoom meetings with clinicians in order to stay connected. Right before the pandemic Dr. Zink took care of a young man who coded and essentially died and came back. His friends did CPR, the EMS was ready, and the hospital system worked to save his life. Even the sadness of the job - Dr. Zink appreciates being able to grieve with people who get bad diagnoses. She has a visceral response when she sees people riding a four wheeler with no helmet and when people party with fireworks. She has the same response when people post on social media about partying with tons of people in the time of Covid. Don’t do dumb things drunk. Dr. Zink wishes people would test more for Covid. The data says if you get tested early on they can manage it better. She also wishes people would just ask for help more as an ER doctor. Someone with a stroke can get treated right away and get something taken care of. It’s an act of kindness to be tested early.
LISTEN: Dr. Anne Zink and Gov. Mike Dunleavy discuss reopening the economy on Talk of Alaska
Talk of Alaska
(Joey Mendolia/Alaska Public Media) Reopening Alaska’s economy is something some Alaskans desperately want while others urge caution as the coronavirus pandemic continues. The governor and the mayor of the state’s largest city are allowing many businesses to open again under strict social distancing guidelines. How will this work in practice and how do we know it isn’t too soon? HOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS: Gov. Mike DunleavyDr. Anne Zink, Alaska Chief Medical Officer PARTICIPATING: Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcast. Send an email to email@example.com (comments may be read on air). Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air). LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Apr. 28, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.LIVE Web stream: Click here to stream.
Jeff was again joined by Dr. Anne Zink, the Chief Medical Officer for the State of Alaska. They discuss Jeff's flu shot after the last podcast, the recent coronavirus, the airplane that landed in Anchorage with people from Wuhan, the history of pandemics, different kinds of viruses, what the State does in the event of a pandemic or epidemic, and where to go to get the best information.
Jeff was joined by Dr. Anne Zink, the Chief Medical Officer for the State of Alaska, and Bonnie, a medical student who was shadowing her. They discuss how she got into medicine, the cost of healthcare in the United States, how to deliver the most cost effective healthcare, the opioid crisis, her recent one year sabbatical where she traveled around the world with her family, and the healthcare system in general.