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People Day: Meet The Participants

Photos, stories, biographies, and contact details for many IPY partners participating in the People Day on September 24th, 2008

Dr. Alan Parkinson
imageThe Arctic Human Health Initiative (AHHI) is an Arctic Council International Polar Year (IPY) coordinating project that highlights the human health concerns of the Arctic people. Activities related to AHHI focus on the significant health disparities that still remain between indigenous and non-indigenous populations in the Arctic, as well as the health impact of environmental contaminants, rapid economic development, and climate change. AHHI is being led by Dr. Alan Parkinson, of the Arctic Investigations Program (AIP), a unit of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention located in Anchorage, Alaska.

Parkinson has been working with AIP in Alaska for almost 25 years. During this time, he has been involved with a number of different projects, ranging from international disease surveillance to climate change. Parkinson says that the disease rates among Alaskan Natives have significantly decreased since his arrival in Alaska.