Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies

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?

Congratulations to Sarah Shimer MPH, ICHS Research Associate, who recently completed the "Introduction to the principles and practice of clinical research" with the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. This six-month long training course prepares participants for conducting effective, ethical, and meaningful clinical research. 

Dr. David Driscoll presented Community-engaged research goes upstream, How CBPR shaped the direction of an academic-community partnership on violence prevention in Alaska, at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Academic-Community Partnership (ACP) Conference Series: Lessons Learned Engaging Diverse Communities in Violence Prevention Research on March 17, 2015 in Washington DC.


Coalition of 2015 EPSCoR/IDeA States' Annual MeetingMarch 3-4, 2015Washington, DC Dr. David Driscoll recently attended the Coalition of Annual EPSCoR/IDeA States' Annual Meeting held in Washington, DC. While there, he and the University of Alaska EPSCoR and INBRE team met with Congressman Don Young.

 Dr. David Driscoll with Congressman Don Young and UA EPSCoR and INBRE team members.

Pictured left to right:Dr. David Driscoll, Vice Chair & co-I Alaska INBRE at University of Alaska; Director & Associate Professor, Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies, University of Alaska AnchorageAnupma Prakash, Principal Investigator for EPSCoR, University of Alaska Congressman Don YoungJulie Benson, INBRE Program Administrator, University of Alaska Brian M. Barnes, PI and Director of Alaska INBRE, University of AlaskaPips Veazey, EPSCoR Program Administrator, University of Alaska  The ICHS Research team for the Alaska Housing First Program Evaluation is currently preparing the final report for the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) being provided by March 31, 2015.


Sarah Shimer and Erica Mitchell, ICHS Reasearch Associates, attended the American Public Health Association's (APHA) 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 15-19, 2014. The 2014 theme was Healthography: How where you live affects our health and well-being. This theme allowed for reaching beyond the traditional perspectives as how health challenges are dictated by the place you live. Sarah Shimer presented Housing First an Effective Solution to Homelessness in Alaska.  

Positions Available

ICHS welcomes all qualified candidates to apply for open positions at Detailed descriptions of these positions can be found at UAA Jobs as they become open or email ICHS directly for more information.