ICHS Collaborations and Outreach

ICHS actively seeks out collaborators and aims to maximize community outreach.  We currently have a number of community partners, but we believe that by increasing our network of affiliates we will be better equipped to fulfill our mission.

If you are interested in collaborating with one of our staff or have a project or problem that might benefit from our capabilities, we would be happy to speak with you. Do you have a project and need a consultant?  Contact us today.


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If you are interested in volunteering to participate in one of our research projects please contact us


Capabilities and Resources

Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies (ICHS)
   and Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS)

The Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies (ICHS) works to improve the health of the people of Alaska and the Circumpolar North through instruction, information services, and basic and applied research in health and medicine. ICHS works closely with faculty throughout the University of Alaska system by providing technical assistance and support to increase the capacity within the state to address the health needs of all Alaskans. The Institute maintains collaborative relations with other universities, state and federal agencies, Alaska Native health organizations, and Alaskan communities to provide relevant health information, to support local planning, and to inform the development of health policy. Cooperative activities in research, instruction and service link Alaska and the University with health research and practice internationally.

Location and Personnel. ICHS occupies a 2,100 sq. ft. suite of offices located in the Diplomacy Building within Anchorage’s UMed District and adjacent to the Alaska Native Medical Center campus including the Alaska Native Medical Center and Southcentral Foundation.  All personnel are housed within existing ICHS offices. All ICHS research staff have completed the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) on the Protection of Human Subjects and passed the examination within the last two years. Each member of the staff contributes important expertise that can be levied on a project-by-project basis. We currently employ six full-time technical experts, three full time-administartors, and a number of part-time associates.  In addition ICHS maintains partnerships and collaborative arrangements with a large network other organizations.  With the nrapid growth we have experienced in the past few years, ICHS intends to add additional project managers and technical experts on an on-going basis. Please contact us if you have a specific technical need.

Information Technology. ICHS is equipped with the most up-to-date networking and video and teleconferencing capabilities putting our staff in touch with collaborators from around the world. As part of the UAA computing infrastructure ICHS offers large software resources and a Microsoft Exchange server for electronic messaging and group scheduling. We maintain a suite of powerful software programs for collecting data, conducting data analysis, and for presenting results in a clear format. 

For Example:

Web based or mobile survey technology. Statistical packages: SAS, STATA, SPSS, Anthropac. NVIVO text analysis, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe CS Suite, more...

Teleform, an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) program used to collect large amounts of data, both accurately and quickly. The program was developed as a natural progression to the old ScanTron technology. Data are collected (recorded onto a form) and the form is scanned or faxed into the system. After review by ICHS staff, data is transferred into the study’s database.  New forms are designed within a form designer according to the needs of the protocol. Data points can include bubbles, numeric values, free text, signatures, and bar codes. While legibility will always be a factor, with properly completed bubbles, verification is limited to the hand-printed responses, eliminating the need to review/key enter much of a form. The data are validated using a custom written script, which checks for valid range, skip patterns/entry required, and cross-field or cross-form consistency.

ArcGIS is a sophisticated mapping program capable of rendering a large amount of spatial data.  The software works in conjunction with our GIS satelite location equipment.


University of Alaska, Anchorage

The University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA) is the state’s largest post-secondary institution. UAA’s mission is to discover and disseminate knowledge through teaching, research, engagement and creative expression. Located in Anchorage’s University and Medical (UMed) District, UAA offers its 20,000 enrolled students access to opportunities in the health care field through its partnerships with the Alaska health care industry, governmental agencies and communities throughout the state. The Office of Health Programs Development was established in 2008 to support UAA’s mission as the Health University of the University of Alaska statewide system, and to stimulate appropriate system-wide development of health programs and research across the state, in conjunction with the Health Programs Statewide Office. UAA is committed to serving the higher education needs of the state, its communities and its diverse peoples. UAA provides foci and administrative support to sponsored research, training, public service, and other sponsored activities through its schools and colleges, and centers and institutes.

UAA is committed to protecting the interests of research subjects and promoting the responsible conduct of human subjects research as described by the Belmont Report for responsible research involving human subjects research and their applications. The UAA Institutional Review Board (IRB) was established by the Provost and Office of Academic Affairs to protect the interests of research subjects. The main role of the IRB is the review of all human subjects research conducted at UAA to ensure that the research fulfills the requirements of the federal regulations. UAA holds a Federal Wide Assurance, FWA No. 00000184. Under this Assurance, the IRB at UAA is recognized as the responsible IRB for fulfilling the requirements of the Federal Regulations at Title 45 Part 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations (45CFR46), and UAA assures the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Human Research Protections, that it will meet all of the requirements of 45 CFR 46 regardless of sponsorship.

In addition to science, engineering and biomedical health laboratories, UAA recently unveiled the $85 million ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building (CPISB). The CPISB is an exceptional, multi-disciplinary building dedicated to world-class instruction, faculty and instructional research, and interdisciplinary science. The CPISB is the first UAA building that was conceived, designed and built with environmental and fiscal sustainability in mind. This 120,000 sq. ft. facility physically brings together the disciplines of astronomy, biology, biochemistry, biomedical studies, chemistry, environmental sciences, geology and physics. The CPISB is designed as three modules linked by a massive glass atrium that serves as a hub for students, faculty and staff. The three wings include faculty offices, classrooms and research/teaching laboratories. Analytical labs housed in CPISB include a DNA sequencing facility, a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) lab and an applied sciences, engineering and technology (ASET) lab.

Information Technology. UAA maintains and administers a distributed networked computing environment. Professional programmers and clerical support personnel provide custom programming and user support to the University’s computing community. In addition the College of Health and Social Welfare maintains a full-time Information Technology specialist and the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies (ICHS) utilizes its Data Technician as partial IT support for basic in-house computer set-up, maintenance and trouble shooting.

The Consortium Library of the UAA is linked to the Alaska Medical Library (AML) and houses the specialized Health Sciences Information Services (HSIS). In addition to the contracts with the National Library of Medicine to maintain and operate the www.arctichealth.org web site that focuses on health disparities of Alaska Natives, the HSIS is also linked to a larger medical library network of Pacific Northwest universities allowing users to access a full compliment of literature.


UMed District of Anchorage, Alaska 

The Alaska Native Medical Center Campus is located within the UMed District of Anchorage, Alaska.  The UMed district is the center of the knowledge economy in Anchorage and one of the most consistently and rapidly growing centers of employment in the state.  UMed, or University and Medical District, contains two universities: the University of Alaska Anchorage and the Alaska Pacific University.  It also contains the largest private employer in Alaska, Providence Health System, as well as the Alaska Native Medical Center campus.  The university campuses as well as medical centers are located within one square mile.

Southcentral Foundation is located on the Alaska Native Medical Center campus in Anchorage, Alaska.  The Alaska Native Medical Center campus includes the following: the Alaska Native Medical Center, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Arctic Investigations Program, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Southcentral Foundation, and the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Department of Health Sciences as well as the Institute for Circumpolar Studies and the Institute for Social and Economic Research. 

The ANMC is a level II trauma center as well as nursing Magnet hospital.  Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Arctic Investigations Program is aimed at the prevention of infectious diseases in peoples of the Arctic and Sub-arctic with special emphasis on diseases of high incidence and concern among Alaska Natives and American Indians.  The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium is non-profit health organization owned and managed by Alaska Native tribal governments and their regional health organizations which provide statewide Native health services including management of the Alaska Native Medical Center.

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