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Photo: Shot in the arm

Ala ska Health and Social Services Commissioner Joel Gilbertson receives a flu shot from Anchorage Pioneers' Home staff nurse Janet Sumner on Tuesday, as First Lady Nancy Murkowski stands by...
Commissioner says no cuts for elderly

KETCHIKAN - State Health and Social Services Commissioner Joel Gilbertson reassured Ketchikan residents that the Murkowski administration is not planning budget cuts for the elderly. "There is no effort...
Gov. Frank Murkowski names Jackson health commissioner

Gov. Frank Murkowski on Tuesday named Deputy Health Commissioner Karleen Jackson as Commissioner Joel Gilbertson's successor when he leaves office in October. Jackson has been with the Department of Health and Social Services since 2003...
Odd choice on Our Alaska

...state of Alaska, I watched, with interest, a recent edition of Our Alaska with guest Joel Gilbertson. The program seemed informative, but why is Joel Gilbertson, Commissioner of Health and Human Services, commenting on the Governor's economic...
Addiction centers do the cuts, feel the pain

...department heads are looking to reduce administrative costs. Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Joel Gilbertson reorganized his department in March, combining the Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse with the Division of Mental...
Advocates rally for breast cancer screening program

...There was no specific mention of the cut at the rally, but Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Joel Gilbertson encouraged advocates to lobby their legislators. Gilbertson said heart disease is the top killer of women in 49 states...
State launches hunt for new family, youth services director

...fill what some call the hardest job in state government: director of the Division of Family and Youth Services. Joel Gilbertson, Alaska's new health and social services commissioner, said the agency needs a new perspective. "It will take...
Alaska awarded $500,000 grant to promote marriage improve their ability to enjoy a successful future together with their families," social services Commissioner Joel Gilbertson said in a prepared statement. A national women's advocacy group says the $1.5 billion federal program is a waste...
State: Add 5 beds to Wildflower Court

...facility in Juneau. In making the recommendation late last month, state Commissioner of Health and Social Services Joel Gilbertson denied a request from Wildflower Court to convert 11 assisted-living beds to nursing-home beds. The private nonprofit...
Northwest Digest

...action is necessary while the state sets standards and approves regulations for the certificate of need program, Joel Gilbertson, commissioner of the Department of Health and Social Services, said Friday. "I don't think it's fair to rush...


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