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ANTHC Alaska Native Epidemiology Center hosts Alaska Native Population Data Conference

May 27, 2016

On May 12, more than 70 people from across the state participated in the 2016 Alaska Native Population Data Conference sponsored by the ANTHC Alaska Native Epidemiology Center. The conference helps researchers, program managers and practitioners understand changes and trends in the population of Alaska Native people in our state.

Participants included tribal organizations, state agencies and others. Participating Tribal health organization partners were ANTHC, Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Southcentral Foundation, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, Tanana Chiefs Conference, and Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.

State of Alaska economist Alyssa Rodrigues presented on the Alaska health care industry, followed by presentations by State of Alaska demographer Eddie Hunsinger on population estimates and projections.

Diana Roberts, an Indian Health Service Health Statistician, provided an overview of user populations. 2010 Census participation rates in Alaska and plans for the 2020 Census were provided by the Assistant Division Chief for Geographic Operations at the United States Census followed by the American Community Survey results for Alaskan and how to find the information. UAA’s Dr. Matthew Berman discussed his findings using American Community Survey data on Social Indicators for Rural Alaska Communities, and Dr. Charles Utermohle with the State of Alaska’s Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion program shared the Informed Alaskans initiative and how to find data.

Started in 2008, the conference is held every four years. Presentations from this conference and past conferences are available on the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center website at

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