August 27, 2018
A feature story written by Associate Professor of Community Health Education Lisa Wexler and colleagues appears in a recent issue of Northern Public Affairs, a magazine devoted to "policy-relevant articles written by, and for, our audience of academics, commentators, current and former politicians, business leaders, public servants, students, and engaged northerners." Titled "Making a Difference: How Northwest Alaska Is Working to Reduce Youth Suicide," the article explores the inroads Wexler and her team have been making in reducing youth suicide rates in Northwest Alaska through their community-engaged research partnership with the Maniilaq Association.
Youth suicide rates among indigenous populations, particularly those in circumpolar regions, are currently among the highest in the world. The authors conclude on a hopeful note, writing of their efforts that "...Northwest Alaska has sustained a myriad of evidence-informed and self-determined suicide prevention initiatives for over 10 years, and is now showing a reduction in youth suicide rates."