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.


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CHAP Expansion

Indian Health Service Press Release on expansion of the Community Health Aide Program:

Save the Date

The 2019 CHAP Forum is schedule for April 15-19, 2019 and will be held at ANTHC 4000 Ambassador Drive, Conference Rooms 1 and 2!

Shining Star Awards 

Nominations are being acceped for the Shining Star Awards through March 15. Award winners will be recognized at the CHAP Forum award luncheon the week of April 15-19th. See nomination form

Newborn Screening Update

Alaska is changing the lab that tests the newborn bloodspot screening specimens (aka PKUs).  State of Alaska DHSS will be sending specimens to the lab in Iowa instead of the lab in Oregon. 

Please go through all old drawers and files in your clinic and remove all Oregon cards.  

Babies will now have one specimen collected at 24 hours of life, and won’t need a second one collected at 10-14 days. Some babies may still need a repeat screen; requests will come from ordering providers.

For more information, please see or talk with your hospital’s lab. 

Continuing Education

  • New CE - 'Influenza Update 2018-2019' is now available on the Distance Learning Network: By completing this new module you can earn 2 continuing education credits. 

  • 'Cancer Survivorship,' a new 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 at:

  • 12 interactive, online cancer education modules with helpful resources and activities are available for CHA/P and BHA CE. For more information, see flyer.

  • Palliative Care TeleECHO Clinic, every other Wednesday 11:30 am-1 pm. Learn more about the program and register to receive 1.5 CHAP CE at: For more information, see flyer.

Telemedicine Cart Checks 

AFHCANcart Quick Check Form:

AFHCANcart Quick Check Guide:

CHAP Certification Board Applications

email address:

Future CHAP Certification Board meeting dates:  

January 30-31, 2019, deadline for accepting applications is January 23, 2019.

Link to the CHAP Certification Board Page

CHAP Certification Board Standards and Procedures

click here for CHAPCB Standards and Procedures, amended January 25, 2018

Alaska Native Epidemiology Center

Link to the ANTHC Epi-Center with news and data from across Alaska