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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Arctic research programs are focused on improving public health in Arctic communities. Programs are currently conducted by the National Center Prevention Detection and Control of Infectious Diseases (NCPDCID), the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  The Arctic Investigations Program, located in Anchorage Alaska, is one of three US-based field stations operated by the NCPDCID. The AIP’s mission is to prevent and control of infectious diseases among Arctic and sub-Arctic residents, and, in particular, to eliminate health disparities caused by infectious diseases that exist among the indigenous populations of these regions.

The AHHI and the International Polar Year

The Arctic Human Health Initiative (AHHI) is an IPY Arctic Council project, led by the U.S. Department of State, and the CDC. The aim of AHHI is to increase public and political awareness and visibility of human health concerns of arctic peoples, foster human-health research, promote health strategies that will improve the health and well-being of all Arctic residents.  The AHHI will coordinate IPY projects that focus on Arctic human health research and that will advance the joint circumpolar health research agendas of the Arctic Council and IUCH. 

Website: http://www.cdc.gov/

CDC News

CDC Podcast: Disparities in Arctic Health and How IPY Addresses Them

1/12/2009 In this podcast from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, learn about the health challenges facing people in the Arctic and how research and the IPY address them. A transcript is also provided. More


The International Polar Year, 2007–2008, An Opportunity to Focus on Infectious Diseases in Arctic Regions

1/5/2009 Alan J. Parkinson, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, describes in lay language the thrust of the Arctic Human Health Initiative and how the current polar year provides a unique opportunity to focus on human health. More


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