December 16, 2009
By Sarah Brown
An association dedicated to promoting improved health for Alaskans has passed a resolution recognizing aviation’s contributions to medical services in the state and supporting the Alliance for Aviation Across America (AAAA).
The Alaska Public Health Association voted unanimously at its annual convention last week to support and join the alliance, which includes individuals and organizations, among them AOPA, that support general aviation.
Noting that about 82 percent of Alaskan communities are not served by roads, the resolution asserts that “improving aviation means better medical access, and improves delivery of emergency services and disaster relief in rural Alaska communities.” The association will apply for membership in AAAA within 60 days.
The resolution recognizes that aviation touches all aspects of life in rural Alaska, and is a basic mode of transportation for communities that have no practical alternative to aviation for medical access. It also notes that aviation medical evacuation is an essential part of the health care system in Alaska.
AAAA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of more than 4,400 individuals representing businesses, agricultural groups, FBOs, small airports, elected officials, charitable organizations, and leading business and aviation groups that support the interest of the GA community across various public policy issues.
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