Health Determinants of Rural to Urban Outmigration in Alaska (2009-2010)

David Driscoll, PhD, MPH, MA

Jenny Miller, DrPH, MS, MPH


Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this study will collect secondary data from the professional and grey literature related to the determinants, dynamics, and scope of outmigration in Alaska, as well as formative primary data on the health needs, concerns, and perceptions of rural Alaskans. When combined in an iterative strategy, these data will allow for the first exploration of the health related push-pull factors underlying rural outmigration in Alaska, and determine the impact of outmigration on the delivery of health care for rural Alaskans in village and urban settings.