Leaders in Improving the Health of Northern Populations

The Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies was created by the Alaska State Legislature in 1988 (AS 14.40.088) to develop new solutions to health problems in Alaska and the north. The Institute provides support and coordination for health research, information, and training. Working closely with faculty throughout the University of Alaska system, ICHS provides technical assistance and support to increase the capacity within the state to address the health needs of all Alaskans. Since its inception over 25 years ago, ICHS health research has evolved into various focuses and is looking forward to working to improve the health of northern populations for another 25 years.


What's New?

American Anthropological Association 112th Annual Meeting - Chicago, IL

The ICHS sent two research personnel to the American Anthropological Association (AAA) 112th Annual Meeting, held in downtown Chicago in November 2013. The conference theme was “Future Publics, Current Engagements” and included presentations from internationally renowned anthropologists and academics in related fields. For the first time in AAA history, there were more than 7,000 anthropologists from more than 60 countries who participated. From a characteristically broad array of options, Travis Hedwig and Rebecca Barker selected sessions that dealt with both the practical elements of applied anthropology and the broader, sometimes covert underpinnings of the health phenomena we study at the ICHS. Highlights included sessions about effective methods in program evaluation, grant writing, and working with tribal organizations, to talks that addressed identity, environmental health, substance abuse and structural violence. This integrative, holistic perspective is a keystone of anthropology, and informs innovative health research in a region as complex as the circumpolar north.

APHA (American Public Health Association) Annual Meeting

Three of ICHS research professionals attended the APHA 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition, November 2-6, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Those attending were:  Dr. David Driscoll, Erica Mitchell, and Sarah Shimer. Dr. David Driscoll presented:  Community-based sentinel surveillance and preference elicitation inform climate change adaptation in rural and frontier communities in Alaska.

During the conference, Dr. Driscoll had the opportunity to visit with Sir Michael Marmot (Dr. Driscoll with Sir Marmot). Sir Marmot is internationally acclaimed in his field of Epidemiology with a strong focus towards health inequalities.

The APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition attracts more than 13,000 national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, and related health specialists. APHA's meeting program addresses current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health. Additional information about APHA Conferences may be found on their website:  http://www.apha.org


New Items of Interest

Sarah Shimer, MPH, ICHS Research Associate, recently attended the UAA MPH Student Symposium and talked to students about ICHS and potential student research projects.

Interview with Dr. David Driscoll on Patient-Centered Medical Homes research (August 2013)

Epidemiology Monitor:  http://epimonitor.net/Consequential_Epidemiology.htm


Positions Available

ICHS welcomes all qualified candidates to apply for open positions at https://www.uakjobs.com

Detailed descriptions of these positions can be found at UAA Jobs as they become open or email ICHS directly for more information.