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?


Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness
Annual Conference
September 29 – October 1, 2014
Centennial Hall Convention Center
Juneau, Alaska

The Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (AKCH2) is a statewide organization working to develop strategies to increase the availability of affordable housing and eliminate homelessness in our great state.

The ICHS research team working on the Alaska Housing First Program attended this conference. Sarah Shimer and Janet Johnston were part of a team presenting on the “Alaska Housing First Program Evaluation”.

Also in attendance were David Driscoll, Travis Hedwig, and Rebecca Barker.

The next Annual Conference will be held October 12-14, 2015 in Anchorage, Alaska.

For more information go to:  http://www.alaskahousing-homeless.org/home


IEA World Congress of Epidemiology
August 17-21, 2014
Dena'ina Center

Janet Johnston, PhD, served on the organizing committee for the IEA World Congress of Epidemiology, Global Epidemiology in a Changing Environment: The Circumpolar Perspective.

David Driscoll, PhD, presented with other members of the research team:  Unusual Weather Events Associated with Climate Change in Alaska Have Adverse Health Outcome: Findings from a Community-Based Sentinel Surveillance System

Janet Johnston, PhD, also presented on the following topic:  Population-based Indian Health Service Lupus Registry Finds High Prevalence of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus among AI/AN Women.


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.