montage of photos of people interviewed and historic photos related to community health aide program

This project includes interviews with community health aides, doctors, nurses, medical trainers, and communications technicians who have been involved with Alaska's Community Health Aide Program. This program was established in 1968 to provide rural health care by training local people as medical providers. Currently, there are approximately 500 health aides/practitioners in over 170 rural Alaska villages.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program conducted the interviews in 2005 and 2006 and put together this site with funding from the University of Alaska Health Programs and review by the CHAP Program Directors.

This special collection was made possible by the University of Alaska Health Programs through a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.