Dr. Anne Zink
Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska
Dr. Zink had the honor of becoming the State of Alaska Chief Medical Officer in July 2019. In all the work she does, she strives to create work environments, policies, and practices that are data-driven, foster collaboration and build system efficiencies that put patients first.
Dr. Charlene Apok, PhD
Executive Director, Data for Indigenous Justice | Gender Justice & Healing Director, Native Movement
President & CEO for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC)
Dan received a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Oregon and a Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico.
Dr. Denise Dillard, PhD
Director of Research, Southcentral Foundation
Dr. Donna Galbreath
Senior Medical Director of Quality Assurance, Southcentral Foundation
Donna presents nationally and internationally on quality assurance, corporate compliance, and SCF’s relationship-based Nuka System of care.
Dr. Ellen Provost
Director of Alaska Native Epidemiology Center, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Over her ten years (1990-2000) in Bethel, Alaska, she served as a General Medical Officer, Community Health Aide Program Medical Director, and Corporate Health Planner. In 2000, she joined the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), where she has dedicated the last 20 years of her career to achieving the ANTHC vision of Alaska Native people being the healthiest people in the world.
Since 2005, Dr. Provost has served as the Director of the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center (EpiCenter) (http://anthctoday.org/epicenter), one of the twelve tribal epidemiology centers serving Indian Country across the US. The EpiCenter focuses on cancer surveillance, chronic disease prevention and control, and using data to improve health. Her work has included program development, implementation, evaluation, and research.
During 2020, Dr. Provost served in the Incident Command System at ANTHC. As a member of the ANTHC Situation Unit, she provided technical assistance and coordinated the provision of COVID-19 related data access and reporting, predictive modeling, and the use of syndromic surveillance for various members of the Alaska Tribal Health System.
Dr. Jay Butler
Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases, CDC
From 1998-2005, Dr. Butler was Director of CDC’s Arctic Investigations Program and from June 2009 to March 2010 he directed CDC’s 2009 H1N1 Pandemic Vaccine Task Force, which achieved emergency vaccination of more than 80 million Americans. He held leadership roles in multiple emergency responses, including CDC’s response to bioterrorist anthrax in 2001, the SARS outbreak in 2003, and Incident Manager for the CDC COVID-19 response in May and June of 2020. Dr. Butler has also held multiple leadership roles in Alaska, including Chief Medical Officer for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (2014-2019 and 2007-2009), State Epidemiologist (2005-2007), and Senior Director of the Division of Community Health Services for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (2010-2014). He hosted a weekly hour-long call-in radio show, Line One, Your Health Connection, carried statewide on the Alaska Public Radio Network in 2018 and early 2019. He loves outdoor activities and has been a volunteer race official for Nordic ski events, including serving as Chief of Finish at the 2010 US Olympic Trials in Anchorage, AK. He was President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials in 2016-2017 and has made important contributions to public health approaches to reducing harms associated with addiction.
Dr. John Walsh
Faculty, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
John Walsh is the Chief Scientist of the International Research Center and President’s Professor of Global Change at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He is also the Co-Director of the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy. His research has addressed arctic climate and weather variability, both as observed historically and predicted for the future.
Director of Quality Assurance, Southcentral Foundation
Dr. Stephanie Carroll
Assistant Professor Public Health & Associate Director for the Native Nations Institute, University of Arizona
Dr. Stephanie Russo Carroll is Ahtna, a citizen of the Native Village of Kluti-Kaah in Alaska, and of Sicilian-decent. She is the Assistant Professor of Public Health and the Associate Director for the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona. Stephanie’s research explores the links between Indigenous governance, data, the environment, and community wellness.
Her interdisciplinary research group, the Collaboratory for Indigenous Data Governance develops research, policy, and practice innovations for Indigenous data sovereignty. Stephanie co-founded the US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network and co-founded and chairs the Global Indigenous Data Alliance (GIDA). She Chairs the Indigenous Data Working Group for the IEEE P2890 Recommended Practice for Provenance of Indigenous Peoples’ Data. Stephanie is an ENRICH: Equity for Indigenous Research and Innovation Coordinating Hub Global Chair.
Dr. Stephen O’Keefe
Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition and Director of the African Microbiome Institute (AMI), Stellenbosch University in South Africa
He has spent nearly 30 years in the USA working as a clinical gastroenterologist and scientist supported by NIH R01 awards for his studies on the physiological effects of enteral feedings on pancreatic enzyme synthesis in humans, and most recently the role of diet, the microbiome and its metabolites in determining colon cancer risk in multiple populations, including Alaska Native people, African Americans, and rural South Africans. His collaboration with Alaskan, South African, British, Dutch, and American researchers has led to novel findings on colonic microbiome that explain why rural Africans rarely get colon cancer while African Americans suffer the highest incidence in the continental USA and Alaska Native people have the highest recorded rate of colon cancer in the world.
Interim President, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium