The Alaska Native Epidemiology Center (EpiCenter) is located within the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium's (ANTHC) Community Health Services, in Anchorage, Alaska.
The EpiCenter provides public health and epidemiologic services to tribal health organizations and the tribal communities they serve.
ANTHC provides the highest quality health services for Alaska Native and American Indian people at the Alaska Native Medical Center and across Alaska through training, health education, disease and injury prevention, and rural water and sewer construction.
Ellen Provost, DO, MPH
Dr. Provost has served the Alaska Tribal Health System for over 25 years, and has been Director since 2005. She initially arrived in Bethel, Alaska in 1990 to work with YKHC as a Commissioned Officer in the US Public Health Service. She is a physician specializing in Preventive Medicine and Public Health.
Carla Britton, PhD
Dr. Britton came to the EpiCenter after completing a two year CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service fellowship with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Carla holds an MS in Environmental Health and a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Iowa.
Nanette Star, MPH
Ms. Star joined the EpiCenter in 2018. She serves as Program Manager of the TEC Public Health and Infrastructure grant. A descendant from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, she holds an MPH in Global Health and a Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology.
Sarah Nash, PhD, MPH
Cancer Surveillance Director
Dr. Nash joined the EpiCenter in 2015. She serves as the Director of the Alaska Native Tumor Registry and the Principal Investigator for the Alaska Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program of the National Cancer Institute. She holds a PhD in Biological Sciences, and an MPH.
Diana Redwood, PhD
Joining ANTHC in 2004, Dr. Redwood conducts research studies on colorectal cancer screening methods and prevention. Diana holds a PhD in public health, an MPH, and an MS in Nutrition.
Erin Peterson, MPH
Ms. Peterson joined the EpiCenter in 2015. She specializes in chronic disease prevention, and manages the CDC Wellness Strategies for Health (WSH) Program. Erin holds an MPH from Emory University.
Romy Mohelsky, MPH
Senior Program Manager
Ms. Mohelsky joined the EpiCenter in 2011 and manages the Network Coordinating Center for the Tribal Epidemiology Centers Public Health Infrastructure Program. Romy holds an MPH from the University of Waterloo.
Bourke Betz, MS
Mr. Betz joined the EpiCenter in 2016 and offers expertise in epidemiology and evaluation. He grew up in Wainwright and Kwigillingok. He holds an MS in Epidemiology from the University of Washington.
Taija Revels, MPH
Ms. Revels joined the EpiCenter in 2017. She specializes in social and economic determinants of health and policies, systems, and environmental change for the WSH program. She belongs to the Kaagwaataan Lingít clan in southeast Alaska. She holds an MPH from Columbia University, and a CPH.
Timothy Collins, MS
Mr. Collins joined the EpiCenter in 2018 as an epidemiologist supporting substance use-related initiatives. He holds an MS in psychology and is pursuing a Master of Public Health from the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. He is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
Ian Blake, MS
Mr. Blake joined the EpiCenter in 2014, providing statistical and database support to a variety of EpiCenter projects. His background includes healthcare, fisheries, education, and environmental research. Ian holds an MS in Statistics.
Christine Tait, BS
Senior Marketing Media Specialist
Ms. Tait joined the EpiCenter in 2015, bringing more than 20 years of graphic design experience. She provides website, graphic design, photography, illustration, and social media support. Christine holds a BS in Visual Communication/Graphic Design.
Matthew Bailey, BFA
Marketing Media Web Specialist
Mr. Bailey joined the EpiCenter in 2015. He provides website and graphic design support for EpiCenter projects including the National Coordinating Center. Matthew holds a BFA in Visual Communication with a Graphic Design emphasis.
Kristen Mitchell, DrPH
Dr. Mitchell joined the EpiCenter in 2015 and is currently the Program Evaluator for the National Coordinating Center for a Building Tribal Public Health Infrastructure grant. Kristen holds a DrPH in Public Health and an MPH.
Weather Potdevin, BS
Ms. Potdevin joined the EpiCenter in 2018, and is the Program Evaluator for the CDC Wellness Strategies for Health (WSH) Program. She grew up in Juneau, and is Koyukon Athabascan. Weather is pursuing her MA in Program Evaluation from Michigan State University.
Teresa Schade, CTR
Tumor Registrar II
Ms. Schade joined the Alaska Native Tumor Registry in 2009. In her role as SEER Program Manager she collects cancer information for Alaska Native people statewide, and oversees the registry's data management system. She received her Certified Tumor Registrar certificate in 2013.
Garrett Zimpelman, BA
Mr. Zimpelman joined the EpiCenter in 2016 as a Computer Programmer/Analyst for the Alaska Native Tumor Registry (ANTR). Garrett’s duties include data management, database design and implementation, computer programming, and data analysis.
Iona Sallison, BEd
Ms. Sallison joined the Alaska Native Tumor Registry as the Program Assistant in 2014. She has a background in Education, and more recently, Health Information Management. Iona brings ten years medical experience to the department. She is from the Bethel area.
Rochelle Greenley, BAS
Ms. Greenley joined the EpiCenter as a Patient Navigator in 2013, and has been with ANTHC since 2004. Rochelle grew up in the Yup'ik village of Togiak. She holds a BAS in Environmental Studies.
Special Projects Coordinator
Ms. Haakenson joined the EpiCenter in 2010. Amie provides support for the CDC Wellness Strategies for Health (WSH) Program and other EpiCenter projects.
Ms. Ruuti joined the EpiCenter in 2009. As a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, she served her tribe for 23 years. She provides administrative support to the EpiCenter.
Senior Office Specialist
Ms. Okpealuk joined the EpiCenter in 2014. She is pursuing a degree in Business Administration Management, with a minor in Alaska Native Business Management. She is from the Maniilaq region.
Senior Office Specialist
Ms. Hansell joined the EpiCenter in 2017. She provides support for the CDC Tribal Epidemiology Centers Public Health Infrastructure Program. Annie is from the Inupiaq village of Shaktoolik in the Bering Strait region.