Welcome to the Alaska CHAP Program

The Community Health Aide Program (CHAP) consists of a network of approximately 550 Community Health Aides/Practitioners (CHA/Ps) in over 170 rural Alaska villages. CHA/Ps work within the guidelines of the Alaska Community Health Aide/Practitioner Manual in assessing and referring members of their communities who seek medical care and consultation.  Alaska CHA/Ps are the frontline of healthcare in their communities.

Welcome Dr. Anne Musser, ANTHC CHAP Training Center Medical Director

Dr. Christine Golnick will remain on as a consultant Medical Director with the training program as Dr. Anne Musser transitions into her new role as the new ANTHC CHAP Training Center Medical Director.  Please help us in welcoming Dr. Anne Musser in her new position. 

Dr. Musser is an Osteopathic Family Physician. She has been in practice for over 30 years, serving most of her career in medical education (medical schools and residency programs). Most recently, she served as the Program Director for the Alaska Family Medicine Residency at Providence, here in Anchorage. Anne is looking forward to joining the CHAP team, learning more about the delivery of health care in rural Alaska and contributing to the program through her years of experience in Family Medicine and education.

Anne is originally from Southern California. She moved to Anchorage 15 years ago. She lives with her dog, Daisy Mae, and loves to hike, backpack, kayak and cross-country ski.

CHAM Revision

There was a minor revision to the CHAM May 16. To see a full list of past revisions please go to our CHAM Revision Page. Remember to view updated content on your iPad you may need to connect to Wi-Fi, log out and log back in, and then click Check for Updates in the iCHAM.

CHAP Training Sessions

ANTHC CHAP Training Center is postponing all sessions until June 1st, 2020 and will be rescheduled for a later date. Our schedule will be reviewed and updated frequently. We will be making every effort to assure that students are able to complete their training in a timely manner as allowed by the COVID-19 crisis.

ARC/RAC/CHAP Directors

  • ARC/RAC/CHAP Directors meetings that were scheduled on May 4-8, 2020 are canceled.

  • RAC Review for Tanana Chiefs Conference that was scheduled on July 21-23, 2020 is canceled.

 All meetings and TCC RAC Review will be rescheduled to a future date to be determined.

COVID-19 Weekly CHA/P Update Meetings

Please join us at the next weekly COVID-19 Weekly CHA/P Update, Wednesday, May 27 at 12:10 p.m. Topic: Guest speaker Marissa Gonzalez James will be discussing Elder Care and COVID-19. This zoom meeting is open to all CHA/Ps, DHATs and BHAs. There will be a brief presentation, and then time for questions to the presenter and CHAP Training staff as well as your questions for each other. We hope this weekly time can be a place for you to share with each other what is working in your clinics, how you are preparing for any COVID-19 issues, and anything else you want to talk about. After each week's session, go to the Distance Learning Network to fill out and submit an evaluation to recieve 1 continuing education credit.

Link for meeting: https://zoom.us/j/93830305350?pwd=bWwvQ3lldUdCRC82SDRhcGQyRmxWdz09

Link to Distance Learning Network for continuing education credit

COVID-19 CHAP Weekly Update

Please see flyer for May 22, 2020 CHAP weekly update.

COVID-19 Resources for Providers

ANTHC's Behavioral Health Aide Training Center has compiled a list of free resources to help you as health aides in supporting your clients and community during this unique and challenging time. Click here for the list of resources. Also see flyer for Managing Anxiety & Stress during COVID-19.

Under the abnormal circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, increased stress and anxiety is normal, worsening of existing behavioral health conditions is expected, and the conditions for later stress-related problems are present. The ANTHC Behavioral Health Department is taking steps to support the mental health and wellbeing of our Alaska Tribal Health System - including you! Our team of trained CISM staff and behavioral health providers is here to support individuals or groups during this time. We are here to be good listeners, to suggest healthy coping strategies, and to help facilitate referrals to other resources in the community. To contact the ANTHC CISM team, call 907-729-8250 or email CISMteam@anthc.org. For more information, visit http://anthc.org/cism. See CISM flyer.

Continuing Education

  • COVID-19 CE - The ANTHC CHAP Training Center and Distance Learning Network have completed Lesson 3 of a 3-part CE course titled, "COVID-19 Sample Collection and Testing." This course is available now on the Distance Learning Network. The three lessons included in this course are:

    • Patient Self-Sample Collection for COVID-19 Testing

    • Point of Care: COVID-19 Testing - This CE has been revised according to a new product insert. The Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 test is only appropriate for direct swab samples, not swabs that have been placed in Viral Transport Media.

    • Infection Precautions and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - NEW!

This course is offered as a 1 CE credit for completing all three lessons. To receive CE credit, you MUST be enrolled in the course. Please follow the self-enrollment instructions highlighted at the top of the Introduction page to complete this first step.

  • NEW CEs available on the Distance Learning Network:

    • Clinical Breast Exam and Hormone Medicines- 1 CE

    • Respiratory Problems - 1 CE

    • Newborn - 1 CE

    • Emergencies in Pregnancy - 1 CE

    • Chronic Care Arthritis, Caregiver Stress and Pain Medicines - 1 CE 

    • Serious Injuries, Stroke, Seizure Awareness and Medicines - 2 CEs

  • Stress and Self Care For People With Diabetes and the Health Aides Who Care For Them, May 28 - 1 CE. See flyer

  • Metric System CE - The ANTHC CHAP Team and Distance Learning Network have released the new Metric CE in order to prepare CHA/Ps for the CHAM metric conversion. This course is worth 1hr of CE and is available now on the Distance Learning Network!

  • 'Cancer Survivorship,' an online module is now available. Learn about cancer survivorship and helpful ways to support someone who is diagnosed with cancer while earning 2 hours of CHA/P or BHA CE. Module available on the Distance Learning Network.

  • Palliative Care TeleECHO Clinic, offered the first Wednesday of the month from 11:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m. Learn more about the program and register to receive 1.5 CHAP CE at: https://anthc.org/palliative-care/palliative-care-echo/. Click here for flyer.

Environmental News

Paralytic shellfish poisoning suspected on the Alaska Peninsula

Metric Conversion Videos

In order to prepare for the CHAM metric conversion, it is recommended that you watch the following YouTube videos:


Telemedicine Cart Checks 

AFHCANcart Quick Check Form

AFHCANcart Quick Check Guide

CHAP Certification Board Applications

email address:  chapcb@anthc.org

Future CHAP Certification Board meeting dates:  

June 2-3, 2020, deadline for accepting applications is May 27, 2020.

September 29-30, 2020, deadline for accepting applicaiton is September 22, 2020.


Link to the CHAP Certification Board Page