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EpiCenter assists with regional suicide and substance abuse prevention initiative

February 10, 2017

ANTHC staff with the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center participated in and provided technical assistance at a multi-day gathering Jan. 17-19 in Bethel. This event was sponsored by the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation’s Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative project, Calricaraq.

This homegrown program funded by the Indian Health Service aims to stimulate discussion and reflection on trauma, specifically substance abuse, suicide and violence. It draws on the wisdom of Elders, Yup’ik values, and stories of overcoming trauma from staff, Elders and other participants. As Calricaraq is implemented in communities, it aims to promote local responses to prevent suicide, violence and substance abuse.

Technical assistance and public health training is one of the services provided by ANTHC staff with the Alaska Native EpiCenter. For more information, contact Ellen Provost, EpiCenter Director, at

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