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Community Health Aide Training & Supervision Grants (CHATS) Program


The Community Health Aide Training and Supervision Grants (CHATS) Program funds training and supervision of primary community health aides who provide health care services in rural communities throughout the State.


The Health Planning and Systems Development Unit, State Office of Rural Health administers these grants to qualified communities or nonprofit corporations for the purpose of training and supervising primary community health aides. A representative of the State Office of Rural Health is appointed to the Community Health Aide Certification Board and participates in the Community Health Aide Program Director’s Association.

Program Expectations/Goals

  • Grant funds are to be used as a supplement for the operation of Community Health Aide (CHA) Training and Supervision programs.
  • CHA/Ps are located predominantly in the rural areas of Alaska where more advanced medical personnel are unavailable.
  • These grants target the CHA/Ps themselves and the rural populations they serve.
  • All regional and local health organizations receiving contract funds from the federal government for a community health aide program are eligible for funding through this program.


  • Program provides funding for community health aides (CHAs) to complete approximately 2,500 training courses, including CHA training, ETT/EMT training, and continuing medical education.
  • CHA supervisors are expected to make over 15,000 contacts with CHAs as part of training and supervision.
  • CHAs are expected to have close to 300,000 patient encounters during each fiscal year.
  • Facilitate oral and behavioral health initiatives.


Eric Peter
Health Program Associate
(907) 465-8509