The CDC has maintained the Arctic Investigations Program as an active research field station since 1973. We work to promote human health research and implement disease prevention and control activities in Arctic regions. Part of this effort is to work with the other seven circumpolar nations to share information and approaches that will lead to improvements in health.
As an example, AIP was a founding partner in the highly successful International Circumpolar Surveillance (ICS). Currently, ICS is a partnership between public health entities of the US, regions of northern Canada, Greenland/Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland and northern Sweden. ICS partners have established a mechanism for standardized data sharing for diseases of concern, such as invasive bacterial infections.
AIP helps to coordinate and participates in three international circumpolar research workgroups: the International Circumpolar Workgroups on Hepatitis, Helicobacter pylori, and Zoonotic diseases. AIP provides leadership and management for the Arctic Human Health Initiative, a coordinating project that monitors more that 30 human health projects initiated during the International Polar Year (2007-2009).
AIP staff are actively involved in the International Union for Circumpolar Health, which serves to promote issues related to health in the region. The Union convenes a Congress every 3 years and the next meeting will be in Fairbanks, Alaska in August 2012.