Center for Alaska Native Health Research
Institute of Arctic Biology
205 Arctic Health Research Building


Phone: 907-474-5528

1-888-470-5576 toll-free within Alaska 

Fax: 907-474-5700

Exploring how Alaska Native cultural values are interconnected with cancer

Project Leader: Ellen D.S. Lopez, Ph.D.

Two­year project funded through June 30, 2014

Summary: Cancer is currently the leading cause of death among Alaska Native people. This study will engage the Alaska Native community in visually and verbally exploring and documenting local perspectives about cancer and its interrelationship with Native values. It will then evaluate community agreement on which Alaska Native values can become tools for addressing priority stressors, and how this will be accomplished.