Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments

Community Health Aide/Practitioner

Who We Are

Within the Yukon Flats Region, CATG operates five clinics located in: Arctic Village, Beaver, Birch Creek, Fort Yukon, and Venetie. The clinics in Arctic Village, Beaver, Birch Creek, and Venetie are staffed by CHAs and/or Medical Office Assistants with periodic visits by mid-level providers, such as, a nurse practitioner or physician assistant. CATG is committed to staffing our remote village clinics with a minimum of two CHA/Ps and continues recruitment to achieve this goal.

CHA/Ps can receive a total of six levels of training over a two to three-year period beginning with online Pre-Session and completion at the practitioner level. Each session of training is unique and offers the CHA/P advancement in skills and knowledge. All CHA/Ps are required to maintain state certification and attend courses in continuing medical education. In addition, all CHA/Ps employed by CATG are trained at a minimum as Emergency Trauma Technicians.

What We Do

The Community Health Aide/Practitioner (CHA/P) is an important member of the healthcare team in the rural communities of Alaska. The CHA/P is often a patient’s first contact with the healthcare system. Working under the collaborative supervision of the Medical Director, CHAP Director, and Village Council, CHA/Ps provide primary healthcare, within given limits of their level of training, including preventive, acute, chronic, and emergency care to residents of an assigned village within the region governed by CATG.

Emergencies

If you have a dental emergency you may walk-in to the Yukon Flats Health Center in Fort Yukon between Monday- Friday 8:00 A.M.- 3:30 P.M