Grant funds UAF Alaska Native Health Research.

Author:Pounds, Nancy
Position:Inside Alaska Business - Brief article

The University of Alaska Fairbanks received a $7.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to create new health research facilities in Fairbanks and Bethel. The grant will fund renovations at two buildings. Funds will also support ongoing research at the Center for Alaska Native Health Research aimed at eliminating health disparities among Alaska Natives.

In Bethel, the empty Vocational Technology Building at the UAF Kuskokwim Campus will become a 1,378-square-foot clinical and nutritional-assessment suite. It will include space for blood testing, physical activity measurements, body measurements and nutritional data collection. The renovation project also will create a facility to allow long-distance research interviews between Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities and the Fairbanks campus. Renovations in Bethel are expected to use $3.8 million of the grant.

"This means so much to the Bethel and the Y-K delta as far as providing...

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