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.

CHAP Expansion

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

Save the Date

Garden of Roses Camp for Girls is on August 3-5, 2018 in Fairbanks, AK. Travel scholarships available. Deadline is 7/13/18. See flyer for more information. 

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!

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. 


CHAM Update 

  • New iOS software available for iPads, 11.4, see CHAM Product Requirements for details.

  • Revision 5.25.18.

  • Update to newborn temperature range released 5.8.2018.

Continuing Education

  • 'Children and Grief,' a new online module, is now available. Children's grief is different from adults. Knowing more about how children of different ages and developmental stages grieve helps us have a better understanding of how grief affects all family members. Learn helpful ways to support children as they grieve while earning 2 hours of CHAP or BHA CE. Module available at:

  • 10 interactive, online cancer modules with helpful resources and activities are available. For more information, see flyer.

  • Palliative Care TeleECHO Clinic, every other Wednesday 12-1 pm. Learn more about the program and register at:

Telemedicine Cart Checks 

AFHCANcart Quick Check Form:

AFHCANcart Quick Check Guide:

CHAP Certification Board Applications

email address:

Future CHAP Certification Board meeting dates:  

October 3-4, 2018, deadline for accepting applications is September 26, 2018.

Link to the CHAP Certification Board Page

CHAP Certification Board Standards and Procedures

click here for CHAPCB Standards and Procedures, amended June 22, 2017

Alaska Native Epidemiology Center

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