Carol Murphrey, BBA, MA

Thursday Afternoon Plenary

    The Alaska Native Collaborative Hub for Research on Resilience (ANCHRR) is a new initiative aimed at strengthening existing research partnerships, developing new partnerships, and thereby broadening the potential impacts from suicide prevention research efforts throughout the entire state of Alaska, as well as throughout the Arctic more generally. ANCHRR includes a three region research project that will highlight what Alaska Native rural communities are doing to support young people and promote their wellbeing, rather than an exclusive focus on risks and problems. The Alaska Native Community Resilience Study (ANCRS) seeks to identify pathways from larger social and community processes down to individual, youth experiences, which can inform a wide variety of prevention efforts. A Research Steering Committee (RSC) made up of Alaska Native leaders, service providers, and researchers guides the study, and will assist in integrating results into a tool to identify vital community targets that can most effectively reduce youth suicide risk and promote resilience. Our presentation will describe the first year of this collaborative project and will show how the effort integrates and utilizes Alaska Native knowledge and guidance to change the narrative of suicide prevention to strength, protection and wellbeing.

    Carol Murphrey is Iñupiaq from Atqasuk, Alaska. At the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in rural development.

    Her background includes comprehensive academic advising, administration of a non-profit education foundation and she currently serves as the Outreach Coordinator for the Alaska Native Collaborative Hub for Research on Resilience (ANCHRR).