Labrador tea
Photo by Jeff Pederson

CANHR Mission

"Building relationships and research-based knowledge to improve the health of Alaska Native people."


Our History

The Center for Alaska Native Health Research was established in 2001 through a five-year grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health through the National Center for Research Resources to the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In 2007 the NIH renewed the Center’s grant for $11 million for another five years to build on CANHR’s research findings on obesity and its relationship to diabetes and cardiovascular disease among Alaska Native people.

Currently CANHR is also supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, grant number 1P30GM103325.

CANHR partners with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation and communities in Alaska. Our main offices are located on the UAF campus, and we are a part of the Institute of Arctic Biology. We also have field staff in each participating community.

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