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Alaska

NWCPHP works with public health colleagues in Alaska to design and implement training activities, workforce development strategies, and public health education and training.

We work actively with public health colleagues in Alaska to design and implement specific training activities, assist in the development of a statewide workforce development strategy, and support efforts to build greater capacity for public health education and training.

AlaskaRecent activities include:

  • In 2011, University of Alaska Anchorage leveraged resources to build a distance-based Master's in Public Health Program.
  • In January 2012, Barbara Rose and Beryl Schulman attended the annual Alaska Public Health Summit, displayed training materials, and met with several stakeholders on general workforce development issues. Schulman presented on confronting climate change in the Pacific Northwest.
  • We Are Public Health highlighted Alaska‚Äôs Choose Respect initiative which addresses issues of domestic violence.

About Alaska's Public Health System

The state public health agency is the Division of Public Health within the Department of Health and Social Services. Local health services are provided primarily by the state, except for the two areas with local health departments: the Municipality of Anchorage and the North Slope Borough. Some public health services, including personal health services, are provided by Regional Native Health Corporations.

The University of Alaska Anchorage has one of four public health programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in our six state region, offering Master of Public Health degrees and training to current public health workers.

The total population of Alaska is 686,000. Forty percent of Alaska's citizens live in Anchorage, a city of 278,000 people. Over 50 percent of Alaska does not have roads connecting local villages and towns. According to the 2008 US Census estimates, 15 percent of Alaska's population is Alaska Native/American Indian, comprising roughly 230 federally recognized tribes. Alaska averages one person per square mile.