The Center for Addressing Health Disparities through Research and Education (CAHDRE) brings health career pathway programs together to create more opportunities for Alaskans. An award from the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) to Alaska WWAMI Director and Associate Dean Dennis Valenzeno created the first NIH-funded Center of Excellence on UAA’s campus.


CAHDRE is also creating new pathway programs. It is partnering with the Anchorage School District in implementing its new Health Career Academy. With Alaska WWAMI and others, it is developing a post baccalaureate program for students aspiring to graduate-level health professional careers.


Download the CAHDRE brochure (pdf, 637 KB)


Key Personnel


Rhonda Johnson, DrPH, MPH, FNP, Principal Investigator, CAHDRE; Director, Research Education & Training Core (UAA)

Gabriel Garcia, PhD, MA, MPH, Assistant Director, Research Ed & Training Core (UAA)




Julie Baldwin, PhD, External Advisor (University of South Florida)

Gilbert Gee, PhD, External Advisor (UCLA)

Sue Hills, PhD, Internal Advisor (UAF)

Dennis Paul Valenzeno, PhD, External Advisor (University of Kansas Medical Center)

Richard Windsor, PhD, MPH, Internal Advisor (UAA & George Washington University)


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Supported by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities