Our Region

In the southwestern corner of Alaska lies Bethel. As the gateway to the Yukon Delta, Bethel is home to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. It’s a place rich with the charms of Alaska. Both modern and filled with frontier life, Bethel will take you beyond what you expect and redefine what you think of Alaska.

Bethel is considered a hub to nearly 50 villages in our region. The villages in the southwest region of our state rely on Bethel, (Alaska’s third-busiest cargo hub)  to be a pass-through for many modern commodoties including fuel, groceries, and any other supplies one would need.

In Bethel, you’ll discover a welcoming mix of modern day conveniences and services and a heritage as timeless as the land itself, where eclectic communities reflect the diverse range of opportunities for your life and career and your neighbors share your passion for excitement. Bethel and YKHC invite you to discover the true depth of your commitment to quality healthcare, while establishing your roots in a diverse and rewarding environment.

The Y-K Delta is a vast and beautiful region in Alaska. Tucked between two of Southwest Alaska’s longest rivers, the Yukon and the Kuskokwim- this unique, isolated area is the traditional home of the state’s indegenous Yup’ik, Cup’ik and Athabascan people.

The Region is approximately 58,000 square miles (roughly the size of New York) and encompasses 58 federally recognized tribes.  Residents practice a subsistence-based lifestyle, with hunting, fishing and gathering providing the vast majority of their food.

The Region: At Glance

  • Our region’s geographic area is larger than half of the (25) states in the nation
  • One of the most economically challenged regions in Alaska and the United States
  • In 2008, over 21.5% of the population was living below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)
  • Unemployment is 16% in the first quarter of 2011 (Dept. of Labor, Bethel Census Area)
  • Overall population is approximately 82% all or part Alaska Native