The Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services (CBHRS) is a research center that provides scientific expertise, partnerships, and resources to promote health and improve health outcomes for communities and individuals across the lifespan.
CBHRS’ multi-disciplinary team of scientists, research associates, and students engage in research, evaluation, and training that addresses the most pressing community health problems both within and outside of Alaska.
Primary interest areas for research and evaluation studies include:
- promoting evidence-based healthcare practice and policy
- addressing and preventing misuse of alcohol, opioids, and other substances
- preventing suicide
- promoting health and well-being across the lifespan
- reducing health disparities.
Calricaraq, translated "Healthy Living", is a culturally-based program utilizing Yup'ik culture, values, and traditions to address behavioral health issues from a holistic, indigenous approach. The implementation of this program has evolved after observing several years of ineffective suicide prevention programs in our Native communities. Local indigenous providers observed these programs as ineffective because they lacked understanding that whole health within our indigenous communities must include integration of our cultural values, traditions, and teachings. The programs also did not address how healing is central in working towards health and wellness. This led to the creation and implementation of Calricaraq, a holistic and community-based program aimed at restoring wellness and balance.
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