In this issue
  • Online with Ivy on Saturday, February 19
  • Infrastructure hearing in the Labor and Commerce Committee
  • Black History Month
  • Elizabeth Peratrovich Day
  • Blood clot Awareness
Virtual Constituent Meeting:
February 19th, 2022, 10:00-11:00 am
Join me on Saturday, February 19th, 2022 from 10:00am - 11:00am on my official legislative Facebook page or on Zoom. I will provide a live update on legislative session, the budget process, and local events of note. As always, I will also address any questions or concerns you may have.

House Labor & Commerce:
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Hearing
Co-Chair Spohnholz, Co-Chair Fields, and the House Labor & Commerce Committee attentively listen to U.S. Representative Don Young speak to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law on Friday, February 4, 2022.
Earlier this month, the House Labor & Commerce Committee held a historic hearing with Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Dan Sullivan, and Congressmember Don Young on the benefits of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. I appreciate the leadership of our congressional delegation to ensure that these funds will create Alaska jobs, bolster our communities, and bring immediate benefits to Alaska's ports, ferries, roads, water infrastructure, and internet connectivity.

The White House has released Build.gov, which is a guidebook on the bill's programs and timelines. In the coming weeks, our committee will continue to hold hearings on the infrastructure law to ensure Alaskans can take advantage of these essential funds.
Black History Month
In celebrating Black History Month, I'd like to share a list of upcoming events from the Alaska Black Caucus (ABC). You can click here to visit their page on Black History Month 2022. This year's theme is "Black Health and Wellness," focusing on the legacy of Black medical practitioners, scholars, birthworkers, doulas, naturopaths, herbalists, and so many more ways of knowing within the African diaspora.
Click on the image above for more information on events in Anchorage celebrating Black History Month
Elizabeth Peratrovich Day
This Wednesday, February 16th, marks Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, celebrating Elizabeth Peratrovich, a Tlingit leader and champion for Indigenous rights. Through her advocacy, she pushed the Alaska Legislature to pass the first statewide non-discrimination ordinance in the nation through the 1945 Anti-Discrimination Act.

Last year, Molly of Denali, a PBS kids show featuring Molly, a young Alaska of Gwich'in, Koyukon, and Dena'ina Athabascan descent, aired an episode sharing Peratrovich's story, which you can watch with your kids for free here.

Alaska Public Media is also hosting a free meet and greet with Molly of Denali's Indigenous creators via livestream and in-person at 5:00-7:00PM on Wednesday, February 16th. More information about the event can be found here.
Blood Clot Awareness
This is the four year anniversary of my being diagnosed with life threatening blood clots. I want to share some information about blood clots to help increase awareness of the risks, signs and treatments for blood clotting.
As many as 900,000 Americans experience blood clots each year. Of those, about 100,000 will die. On average, one American dies of a blood clot every 6 minutes.

In Alaska, we recently lost of one of our own with the passing of former Senator and member of this body, Johnny Ellis, to a blood clot just last week.

Blood clots can affect anyone, but they can be prevented.

Understanding Blood Clots
A blood clot in one of the large veins, usually in an leg or arm, is called a deep vein thrombosis or DVT. If a DVT is not treated, it can move or break off and travel to the lungs, this is what I experienced in 2018.

A blood clot in the lung is called pulmonary embolism or PE, and can cause death and requires immediate medical attention.

Everyone Is at Risk. Some Factors Can Increase This Risk.
  • Hospitalization and Surgery – 50% of blood clots occur during or soon after a hospital stay or surgery.
  • Being Immobile – Examples: extended bed rest or extended travel.

Other Risk Factors
  • Older age
  • Overweight or obese
  • Family history of VTE
  • Recent or recurrent cancer
  • During and just after pregnancy
  • Estrogen-based hormonal birth control or hormone replacement therapy
  • Injury or trauma
  • Certain blood clotting disorders like Factor V Leiden
  • COVID-19 infection

What are the Signs and Symptoms of a blood clot?
 
DVT Symptoms
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Redness of the skin
PE Symptoms
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Faster than normal or irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pain or discomfort, which usually worsens with a deep breath or coughing
  • Coughing up blood
  • Very low blood pressure, lightheadedness, or fainting
 
If you have these symptoms and any of the risk factors it’s a good idea to call your health care provider immediately or go to an urgent care of emergency department. 

Prevention and Treatment
Blood clotting is preventable with measures like compression stockings, knowing your family medical history. It is also treatable with anti-coagulants often called blood thinners.

Learn more
You can learn more about blood clotting at the United State Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/dvt/index.html
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