Stacy Rasmus, PhD

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.

    Stacy Rasmus, PhD, is Director of the Center for Alaska Native Health Research (CANHR) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Dr. Rasmus has worked with American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) communities for over two decades and has built an international program of research focusing on the promotion of Indigenous strengths, wellbeing and resilience in Alaska, the Arctic and the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Rasmus is trained in the social and behavioral sciences with specific expertise in the translation of Indigenous knowledge and practice into health interventions that are community-driven and culturally-centered. She currently leads several NIH, NSF and SAMHSA grants that together engage AIAN populations in research and evaluation initiatives to eliminate disparities in youth suicide and substance use disorders, with a special focus on alcohol, opioids and co-occurring disorders. In addition to her research program, Dr. Rasmus also directs NIH capacity building and training grants, most recently becoming the Alaska PI for the American Indian and Alaska Native Clinical Translational Research Program (AIAN CTRP), a collaborative program bridging universities and Tribal partners in Alaska and Montana.