Project

American Indian/Alaska Native Community Health Aide Program Readiness Assessment Project

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Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Alaska Community Health Aide Program (CHAP) provides culturally competent health care to rural Alaska Native communities by connecting mid-level medical professionals to licensed independent practitioners.

Promising results, such as lower infant mortality and longer life expectancy, have led the Indian Health Service to expand CHAP to tribal communities in the lower 48 states. CHAP expansion presents an opportunity for increased health care access across Indian Country.

This project will identify factors for tribes to consider when deciding whether and when to implement CHAP. Products will include—

  • Project work plan
  • Culturally appropriate stakeholder engagement and outreach plan
  • Analysis report of existing data from tribal government and health agency leadership
  • Technical assistance toolkit to support tribal CHAP implementation
  • Progress and final reports
  • Dissemination materials, including final briefing and presentation

Staff

  • Tess Abrahamson-Richards, M.P.H. Senior Research Associate

    Tess Abrahamson-Richards has more than 10 years of experience in early childhood education and public health. A member of the Spokane Tribe in...

  • Erin Geary, Ph.D., M.S.W. Senior Research Associate

    Erin Geary has nearly 15 years of experience in program evaluation, project management, and technical assistance. His skills include designing and...

  • Erica Blue Roberts, Ph.D., M.H.S. Senior Research Associate

    Erica Blue Roberts has more than 10 years of experience in program evaluation and analysis, applied social science research, and technical assistance. She...

  • Melina Salvador, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate

    Melina Salvador has more than 15 years of experience planning, implementing, and researching mental health, substance abuse, and early childhood programs. She...

  • Joelle Ruben, M.S.W. Senior Communications Associate
  • Kate Lyon, M.A. Vice President

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about the project

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Client

Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services